“I’d be happy to go and deny it, because I’m not, but by denying it, I’m saying there is something shameful about it, and there isn’t anything shameful.”So I guess this one goes under "how not to deny being gay"? Taking a lesson from the "Tom Cruise school of gay denial", Ron Livingston, star of Office Space, is suing an unnamed Internet user for spreading "malicious" rumors online that he's gay and in a relationship with a man [TMZ via Huffington Post].
Apparently the anonymous Internet user has repeatedly over the year made changes to Livingston's Wikipedia page saying that he is homosexual and in a relationship with a man named Lee Dennison. The same person has also been accused of creating fake Facebook profiles for Livingston and Dennison and listing them as "in a relationship" together. In real life, Livingston is married to his female Standoff co-star Rosemarie Dewitt.
I understand being annoyed if there are lies about you being spread around and it sucks to have to defend who you are, but is someone saying you're gay really a "malicious" rumor?
Now, I think there are definitely legitimate reasons for Livingston to sue, but being called gay really isn't one of them. He is suing for libel, invasion of privacy and for using his name and likeness without permission, but for some reason the media keeps focusing on the gay angle. Check out the way the story has been framed:
Ron Livingston Sues Over Gay Rumors [Courthouse News]
Ron Livingston Sues Wikipedia Over Gay Rumors [The Inquisitr]
Ron Livingston Sues Wikipedia Detractor for Saying He’s Gay [Mashable]
Ron Livingston Sues Unknown Prankster for Calling Him Gay on Wikipedia [Celebitchy]
Ron Livingston: 'I'm Not Gay!' [Your Tango]
Ron Livingston Sues to Stop Wikipedia 'Gay' Hacker [The Wrap]
Why aren't there any articles about how Ron Livingston is fighting back against an Internet stalker who is harassing and impersonating him online? Why focus on the gay part when it's really the invasion of privacy and the fake Facebook accounts that are the problem?
It's unclear to what extent the gay thing plays in Livingston's actual lawsuit. We think that celebrities should absolutely have the right to protect themselves from hackers, stalkers, and liars... but we think it's shitty to focus on being called gay as a "malicious" rumor.