Veteran actor Lee Tien-chu went on a homophobic rant backstage after he received an award at Saturday’s 51st Golden Bell Awards.
According to Shanghaiist, the awards show, which is Taiwan’s equivalent to the Emmy Awards, presented the 59-year-old Lee with the ‘Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film Award.’
Backstage talking to reporters and journalists, Lee shared that he had reject television productions that do not share his values.
‘I’ll be open about it,’ he said. ‘I will not support homosexuality because it’s going to lead to the end of humanity. I do not hate gay people, I love them, I have compassion for them, but I have to say this is wrong.’
‘This is why I’ve said no to so many gay productions that approached me for acting,’ he added. ‘I will not betray my faith just for a bit of money. Homosexuality is a huge curse to the future generation.’
When Lee was on stage accepting his award, he openly talked about being a Christian and even recited the Lord’s Prayer.
‘Actually the other contenders for the award are all incredible actors… but God has chosen me to be up here, and I think there must be a purpose,’ said the actor. ‘Maybe he wants me to say something.’
Lee shot to fame in mainland China in 2011’s hit series Empresses in the Palace, where he played a eunuch, according to Shanghaiist.
Renowned Taiwanese graphic designer Aaron Nieh wrote on his Facebook page, ‘You may be a very good actor and win awards, but you’re just acting. You don’t have a part in other people’s reality, their nature, their love and their values in life… Homosexuality will not lead to the destruction of mankind, but ignorance will.’
Taiwanese singer Aaron Yan said, ‘I don’t have much to say except good luck to all the people who think like you. I, for my part, think that the destruction of mankind will have to do with man’s pride and greed.’
Here’s Lee’s acceptance speech:
Watch his backstage rant: