Darryl Stephens Speaks. Out

Oooooooooh, what's this? An interview in Instinct with yummy Noah's Arc star Darryl Stephens. Darryl, Darryl, Darryl, how we love you. (Sigh). If you've been paying attention, you'll know that I despise the pack of (usually gay) bloggers who think it's their business to out actors who would otherwise like to keep their personal lives private. These misguided individuals seem to think that actors have some sort of responsibility to the gay community. They don't. They're people doing a job, and it's none of your business who they do. We all want to know, but we don't have any right to, and people seem to forget that. The cast of Noah's Arc, who largely kept silent on the issue of sexuality, came in for some particularly harsh criticism after keeping silent on the subject. Darryl Stephens, who came out after Noah's Arc finished on television, says: “We had seen other gay shows where the straight actors who were playing gay got a lot of the credit for doing all the work and for being braver actors. We were all just trying to avoid that. I think as black actors we are all aware of the fact that the roles we are allowed to play are very limited. To step up and say “I’m gay” makes a lot of other doors close, too.” The fact that he needs to explain these simple facts is a sad indictment on the gay community. Mind you, he could say "I wanna see if this wine bottle fits in you" and I'd probably nod my head and smile dumbly. Darryl, Darryl, Darryl (sigh). See some of the interview here or get the magazine. Oh yeah, the magazine has a shirtless spread of Mr. Stephens. Save a copy for me.

Pictured: Darryl demonstrates talents we'll sadly never experience in the high brow classic, Another Gay Movie.


Tré Xavier said...

I never really liked Darryl Stephens in "Noah's Arc". He seemed a bit too effeminate for my taste. BUT I would never deny the fact that he is DROP DEAD FUCKIN' GORGEOUS. And I so envy both Michael Carbonaro and James Getzlaff for being able to be near his amazing body naked in "Another Gay Movie'.
In all seriousness, it's a shame we have to remind people about the fact that it's an individual's right to come out, and just because they're in the public eye as a performer doesn't lessen how it is their human right to do so IN THEIR OWN TIME. Even if that time means the public never knows. I wish there was a way to get this message into the heads of morons on this matter like Perez Hilton and Michael Lucas.

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