John M. Becker

Billy Crystal Clarifies Gay Sex Comments... Sort Of

Filed By John M. Becker | January 20, 2015 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: Billy Crystal, damage control, PDA, same-sex affection

"First of all, I don't understand why there would be anything offensive that I said. When it gets too far either visually... now, that world exists because it does for the hetero world, it exists, and I don't want to see that either.

"But when I feel it's a cause, when I feel it's 'You're going to like my lifestyle,' no matter what it is, I'm going to have a problem and there were a couple of shows I went 'I couldn't watch that with somebody else.' That's fine. If whoever writes it or produces it... totally get it. It's all about personal taste...

"We live in a very scary time in many ways. You can't say this, you can't say that, you can't offend this group, that group. People come up to you and ask if you were offended. I don't understand that. I understand it why everyone is watching out for the other person. That's offensive to me."

-- Actor and comedian Billy Crystal, elaborating on his controversial comments about gay intimacy being shoved in television viewers' faces. Crystal gave the response to a question from a reporter for the xfinity TV blog.

He later released a much more carefully worded statement to the Hollywood Reporter: "What I meant was that whenever sex or graphic nudity of any kind (gay or straight) is gratuitous to the plot or story it becomes a little too much for my taste."

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