X-Men is about gay rights, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart say

British actors and best friends say the films are a clear metaphor for the gay rights movement

X-Men is about gay rights, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart say
25 February 2014

The X-Men series is about the gay rights movement, according to stars Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart.

The esteemed British actors and best friends, who play enemies Magneto and Professor Charles Xavier in the movie franchise, say the persecution of ‘mutants’ in the film reflects the struggles of the LGBT community.

‘Mutants are like gays, they’re cast out by society for not good reason,’ McKellen said.

‘They, as in all civil rights movements, have to decide: Are they going to take the Xavier line, which is to somehow assimilate and stand up for yourself and be proud of what you are but get on with everybody, or are you going to take the alternative view, which is, if necessary, use violence to stand up for your own rights.’

Adding to Buzzfeed, he said: ‘And that’s true. I’ve come across that division within the gay rights movement.’

Comparing the X-Men films to the gay rights movement is not a new thing, with obvious clues in the movies that are often taken as isolated jokes.

In X2, Iceman ‘comes out’ to his parents and they ask him: ‘Have you tried not being a mutant?’

And in X-Men: First Class, Beast is in a similar situation and says ‘You didn’t ask, so I didn’t tell.’

Check out Iceman ‘coming out’ below:

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Gay teens lured on social media, kidnapped, tortured in Russia

LGBT young people are being left traumatized, with some reportedly committing suicide, after they are captured by neo-Nazis and humiliated in front of video cameras
No thumbnail available

Margaret Cho has brilliant response to people who think she's 'ugly'

'If you call me ugly, you have only yourself to blame. I am beautiful in every way'
No thumbnail available

Gay porn performer Rylan Knox commits suicide

News of Knox's death broke on Twitter with friends and colleagues expressing their grief over his death
No thumbnail available

Hong Kong lesbian socialite admits 'disgust' on meeting trans woman

Gigi Chao, whose father offered a $500 million to any man who could turn her straight, admits her prejudice against trans women
No thumbnail available

Tuc Watkins apologizes for using 'blackface' to describe Modern Family's Cam and Mitch

In open letter to Jesse Tyler Ferguson, actor expands in his views: 'I see your point. I hope you’ll consider mine'
5 all-inclusive UK getaway ideas from Great Little Breaks

5 all-inclusive UK getaway ideas from Great Little Breaks

From Manchester to the Cotswolds, whether you're staycationing or traveling from overseas
No thumbnail available

Archbishops of Canterbury and York tell African bishops to treat gays better

The head of the global Anglican Communion has written to African bishops to tell them to treat LGBTI people with dignity ahead of a trip to Africa
No thumbnail available

Disco fever is back for Brighton Pride

Don your cha-cha heels for 2014 Brighton Pride in Preston Park, where organizers have planned for extended opening times, unlimited entertainment and the comeback of the acclaimed main stage
No thumbnail available

Late night New York City murder is being investigated as an anti-gay hate crime

Culprit in police custody for homicide where anti-gay slurs were allegedly used
No thumbnail available

‘Gays threaten human race’ says Libya

Outburst at Human Rights Council criticized by UN Watch monitoring group