‘Twilight’ Star in Gay Flap Gets Apology

By ABC News

Oct 21, 2011 10:23am

 

The Australian edition of GQ magazine has issued an apology for an interview with Twilight actor Taylor Lautner that referenced the sexuality of two of his Hollywood colleagues. The article mentions that Lautner recently had dinner with director Gus Van Sant and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, both of whom worked on the Sean Penn film Milk and are gay. When the writer asked Lautner if Van Sant and Black hit on him during the meal, the actor responded, “No, definitely not. I think they know I’m straight. But they’re great guys. They’re a lot of fun.”

After learning about the article, Black took to his blog to call the story a “clear attack on my character.” Addressing the author of the article, Black wrote, “I’m curious, will you be asking all of the handsome actors I’ve ever had the privilege of working with or meeting if I made passes at them as well? I’d love to be there when you ask Sean Penn that same question. Or, Mr. GQ writer, were you projecting your own unprofessional desires onto me and Gus? Perhaps? Or worse still, are you a homophobe?”

GQ Australia has since posted an apology on its Facebook page. It wrote, “We’ve seen some of the comments floating around regarding our recent interview with Taylor Lautner and apologize if anyone was offended by anything in the article. It certainly wasn’t our intention to paint anyone in the story as a sexual predator. The point we were actually trying to push was that Taylor is irresistible to virtually everyone — regardless of sexuality or gender.”

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