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Billy Crystal’s Homophobic Comments Enrage LGBT Community

The ‘City Slickers’ star believes gay sex scenes are being shoved in his face.

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: January 19th, 2015 in Culture » Society » News

Frequent Academy Award host and ‘City Slickers’ actor, Billy Crystal, has ruffled some feathers online with recent homophobic comments made at the Television Critics Association winter press event.

Crystal, who portrayed one of the first openly gay characters on TV’s popular 70’s series ‘Soap’, believes that gay sex scenes in the 21st century are “too much”.

Speaking during an interview panel, Crystal begins by stating “Sometimes I think: ‘Ah that’s too much for me’.”

“Sometimes, it’s just pushing it a little too far for my taste and I’m not going to reveal to you which ones they are. I hope people don’t abuse it and shove it in our face to the point where it feels like an every-day kind of thing,” he continued.

As expected, the LGBT community and beyond were not pleased with Crystal’s comments, with many taking to Twitter to vent.

“Hey @BillyCrystal… I hope your shitty new show isn’t “shoved in our face like an everyday thing” you ignorant homophobe,” said one user, referring to Crystal’s upcoming comedy ‘The Comedians’.

“@BillyCrystal Sorry Billy but “gay scenes” on TV aren’t pushing it. Wanna know what is pushing it? It’s subtle bigotry in 2014. #StopBigotry,” another user wrote.

What do you think of Crystal’s comments?

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