Jake Gyllenhaal, on how he never felt the pressure of playing a gay role because of how he was raised:
“I had been brought up in an elementary school where, my first few grades, I remember being specifically told that my teachers were gay. I was just that age and that was just how it was, and my parents were very… You know, that’s how I was raised. Like super-progressive. And so it’s just something I took for granted, weirdly. At the time. I think, now, younger generations do take that for granted in a lot of ways.”
A prime example that hate and ignorance and intolerance have to be taught, because children don’t act that way unless their parents raise them that way.
Good on Jake’s parents.
Montel Williams, on being done with the GOP:
“I still consider myself conservative, but I long ago abandoned the party because I could see it being dragged down a path of intolerance and I see no place for myself, as a black American in the GOP proper, much less one who refuses to tell women what to do with their bodies, one who is a proud but responsible gun owner, one who as a matter of faith and principle cannot abide bigotry whether it be toward Muslims, LGBT individuals or anyone else.”
And that means the GOP wants nothing to do with Montel, either, because they spread fear and intolerance and judgment against anyone who isn’t rich, white, male and straight.
Jeb No-Last-Name, on if he would support Trump for the presidency if he won the primary contest:
“Look, I’ve said … because anybody is better than Hillary Clinton. Let me just be clear about that. But I have great doubts about Donald Trump’s ability to be commander-in-chief … I’ll let the voters decide about Donald Trump. I’m pretty confident that the more they hear of him, the less likely he’s going to get the Republican nomination.”
And this is a Republican, who will vote for the man he thinks is completely unqualified to be president because at least he’s not Hillary.
Holland Taylor, playwright and actress, coming out as gay and wondering about marriage:
“Well, my relationship is with a woman and I have not — given my generation [marriage] would not be something that would automatically occur to me. But she’s mentioned it because just from a spiritual point of view, from a heart point of view, as a — as a — as a deed that has a very rich symbolic gesture to it, it has its attraction. But it’s been a very casual conversation at this point. But it’s not — it would be a very private thing. I would not do that publicly. But as a symbol, as a pledge, as a plighting one’s troth I would see it — that it would be a wonderful thing to do.”
So, maybe, one day, Holland might feel as if she’s moved on from her own generation and decide that marriage is right.
I’m sure her girlfriend [and I’ll tell you who she is tomorrow] would love the idea.
Carrie Fisher, on being told to lose 35 pounds before appearing in Star Wars: The Force Awakens:
“They don’t want to hire all of me – only about three-quarters! Nothing changes: it’s an appearance-driven thing. I’m in a business where the only thing that matters is weight and appearance. That is so messed up. They might as well say get younger, because that’s how easy it is.”
God forbid Princess Leia be a curvy gal and not be able to fit into that old bikini, eh?
I wonder if they advised Harrison Ford to go back to his original Star Wars weight or if it’s just women who are treated this way.