Whoopi Goldberg and Kevin Spacey’s LGBT controversy at Tony’s


They’re two stars who have constantly faced speculation and rumours about their sexualities as the both movie legends made references to this constant chatter in the opening number of the Tony Awards. Kevin Spacey, who was hosting the 71st edition of the ceremony, looked for someone around the stage who would help him in hosting the event. Suddenly, Whoopi Goldberg popped out of a cupboard and Spacey asked her how long she had been in closet. “Well Kevin, it depends on who you ask,” the comedian replied. Later in the 12-minute opening number, the floating head of Billy Crystal told Spacey, 57, that “if all else fails, put on a dress!” Playing Norma Desmond from the classic 1950 film Sunset Boulevard, he started the song As If We Never Said Goodbye with “I’m coming out…” After the pause he began to chant ‘no’. The host recalibrated, and continued. “I’m going into make-up,” he sang, using a phrase with slightly less subtext. In 2006, Spacey was named as a prominent gay man in a report funded by the Department of Education. The report, which formed part of a series of lesson plans to be used in schools, included Spacey in a list of prominent gay men including writer Oscar Wilde and TV presenters Graham Norton and Dale Winton. An apology was subsequently offered for the mistake.


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