'Milk' screenwriter Dustin Lance Black accuses GQ Australia of homophobia
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In their interview (featured in the October/November issue of the magazine) GQ asked Lautner if either made a pass at him whilst the three dined together. He responded, "No, definitely not. I think they know I’m straight. It's not a coincidence that there was a writer, a director and an actor at dinner."
The problem here - and it's a big one - is not that Lautner is or isn't straight, it's the implication that all gay men are predators.
The two men in question just happen to be Dustin Lance Black, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Milk a biographical film concerning the life of gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk, and the film's director Gus Van Sant.
Black has since condemned the magazine for perpetuating outdated and offensive stereotypes about gay people and rightly accused the magazine of homophobia.
Black posted on his blog: "Leaning on lies, myths and stereotypes about gay people is hateful, harmful and outdated. It’s not the 1950s anymore, GQ, it’s 2011 and it’s time to grow up." He also questions whether the same would be asked if it were Diablo Cody and Kathryn Bigelow at dinner with Mr. Lautner.
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