Actor Anthony Rapp, who stars as the first gay character in Star Trek history, alleges Spacey made a sexual advance on him in 1986 when he was just 14.
People around the world have taken to Twitter to share their outrage at Spacey using these accusations as a prompt to officially come out as gay.
Actors, journalists, authors and influencers alike have all come out against Kevin Spacey conflating being gay with his unwanted advances on 14-year-old Rapp.
Actress Wanda Sykes, presenter Sue Perkins and author Dan Savage are among those who have spoken out.
Kevin Spacey has just invented something that has never existed before: a bad time to come out.
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) October 30, 2017
No no no no no! You do not get to “choose” to hide under the rainbow! Kick rocks! https://t.co/xJDGAxDjxz
— Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) October 30, 2017
It is shameful that Kevin Spacey used coming out to divert criticism of him making sexual advances on a 14 year old. https://t.co/9RGkIHOC1h
— Sister Outrider (@ClaireShrugged) October 30, 2017
Oh wow. Kevin Spacey deflecting from attempting to molest a child by coming out as gay is the absolute pits.
— Owen Jones 🌹 (@OwenJones84) October 30, 2017
Anthony Rapp: "Kevin Spacey tried to rape me."
Media: "Kevin how do you respond?"
Spacey: "uuh…uuhh… Hey everyone I'm gay!" pic.twitter.com/6LAEfsyRtF
— Travon Free (@Travon) October 30, 2017
F**k you Kevin Spacey. Nice work in playing into the homophobes’ playbook – equating being gay with an interest in 14 year olds. Sick f**k.
— Iain Dale (@IainDale) October 30, 2017
In my part of the world many still face violence & jail every day because of homophobic propaganda effectively linking homosexuality & pedophilia.
How dare you, Kevin Spacey
— Maksym Eristavi (@MaximEristavi) October 30, 2017
Well done Kev. You stay silent on your sexuality until the time comes when you can conflate it with an alleged sexual assault on a minor.
— Sue Perkins (@sueperkins) October 30, 2017
Bye bye, Spacey goodbye, it’s your turn to cry, that’s why we’ve gotta say goodbye. #ROSEARMY
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 30, 2017
Kevin Spacey's comment was wrong on so many levels. https://t.co/5pFhiqMK5W
— Larry Wilmore (@larrywilmore) October 30, 2017
"I'm sorry, Mr. Spacey, but your application to join the gay community at this time has been denied."
— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) October 30, 2017
part of the horror of spacey’s cynical ploy to use his coming out to deflect abuse allegations is how well it is working
— Julia Carrie Wong (@juliacarriew) October 30, 2017
I couldn't give two stuffs that Kevin Spacey is gay. Allegations he sexually harassed a child is what we SHOULD be talking about.
— Sarah Harris 🌮 (@SarahHarris) October 30, 2017
Let's be clear: The news is that Spacey used the allegation that he made a sexual advance on a 14 yo to come out: https://t.co/8EeArBAJV7
— Adam B. Vary (@adambvary) October 30, 2017
So Kevin Spacey has been accused of sexually assaulting a then-14-year-old. And just now he has decided to come out? https://t.co/uTkIcNhh5c
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) October 30, 2017
kevin spacey trying to use coming out of the closet to distract from anthony rapp pic.twitter.com/yfKXNKDbzk
— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) October 30, 2017
Kevin Spacey's statement is PR bullshit trying to change the narrative to a coming out story. How fucking dare he.
— Carl Greenwood (@carlgreenwood) October 30, 2017