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Colton Haynes slams Hollywood for discriminating against gay actors

Colton Haynes slams Hollywood for discriminating against gay actors

Colton Haynes blasts Hollywood for gay actors

Openly-gay actor Colton Haynes slammed Hollywood for not giving gay actors a chance at playing straight roles.

The Teen Wolf and Arrow star took to Twitter to vent his frustrations about Hollywood and discrimination.

‘Hollywood is so fucked up,’ he tweeted. ‘So much of the focus is on your personal life & has nothing to do with the talent you have to bring to the table.’

He continued: ‘So disappointed in how Hollywood can’t understand that playing a character has nothing to do with how you live your personal life.’

He also mentioned three directors who gave Haynes his big breaks – Jeff Davis from Teen Wolf, Greg Berlanti from Arrow and Ryan Murphy from American Horror Story. All gay themselves.

He did not specifically mention any producers or agencies in particular but believes it’s a wider problem.

And he’s not alone.

In 2012, a survey of gay actors revealed 57% couldn’t reveal their sexuality to their agent for fear of not getting roles.

Over half of the gay actors who responded to the survey also said they feared being offered stereotypical roles if they came out.

Film director Dustin Lance-Black said agents need to ‘grow a spine’ and let gay and lesbian actors come out.

He continued: ‘The truth is there are tons of lesbian and gay actors in Hollywood. But for so many years now at agent level and management level there has been a lot of closeting going on.

Dustin Lance-Black: ‘Agents need to grow up and get a spine’

‘The studios are on our side, the producers are on our side but we hit the wall with agents and managers. They think somehow it is going to hurt their bottom line.

‘It is outdated thinking. Young actors are coming out now, there is no going back into the closet. So managers and agents will have to grow up and get a spine,’ he said.

Similarly, bisexual actress Amber Heard also urged all gay men to come out in Hollywood.

She said: ‘If every gay man that I know personally came out in Hollywood tomorrow… then this would be a non-issue in a month.

‘We’d be hard pressed to point the figure at anyone,’ she said.

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Seth Daniel, star of Feral, said: ‘I do know professionally-closeted actors. All of it’s circumstantial. Some people are making a career of it. If your goal is to be successful and make money of course. But it must be hard to sleep at night knowing that you’re being dishonest in a huge portion of your life and success.

‘Assuming it affects them negatively, my advice is do what’s most healthy for you in the long run. Success will come and go.

‘If you’re talented and driven, there will be a place for you. If you’re really pushing you can make stuff happen regardless.

‘I encourage people to be their most honest self. People respect that more than a handsome face. Be yourself and hopefully you’ll get more out of that than giving people what they want,’ he said.