Rourke Refuses to Apologize for Gay Slurs
The film, dating back to last November, features an inebriated Rourke hitting back at a reporter for claiming he was dating actress Evan Rachel Wood. "She's a good friend, that's it. And tell that f***ot who wrote all that shit in the paper I'd like to break his f****** legs," he said.
Previously Rourke whipped up controversy in the past when he called Sean Penn "one of the most homophobic people I know" - in reference to the actor's portrayal of gay activist Harvey Milk in 'Milk.'
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But do gay friends give Rourke the right to use the derogatory statements? Campaigners at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance against Defamation are fuming and want a solid apology from the actor.
A spokesman for the group retaliated saying, "This is a slur that, regardless of what Mickey Rourke has convinced himself that it means, is often the last word that gay people, and gay youth in particular, hear before they're bullied, harassed or assaulted. Rourke is showing himself to be painfully ignorant of how this vulgar, abusive slur feeds a climate of anti-gay hatred, intolerance and violence. Rourke either needs to figure this out, or media needs to stop giving him a platform for promoting these kinds of slurs."
Rourke isn't the only celebrity who's made headlines after using a gay slur. He joins the ranks of Jerry Lewis, Isaiah Washington, Eminem and even openly gay blogger Perez Hilton who have been caught in the media whirlwind after using anti-gay slurs.
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