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Desperate Housewives star retracts claim that gay stereotypes are like blackface

Nick Duffy January 3, 2015

Desperate Housewives star Tuc Watkins has retracted his claims that stereotypical gay characters are like blackface.

Mr Watkins – who previously played gay character Bob Hunter on Desperate Housewives – laid into Modern Family’s gay dads Mitch and Cam on Facebook last month.

He controversially claimed: “I have a hard time laughing at the gay guys. In fact, I kinda cringe. It feels a little bit like the gay equivalent of ‘blackface’.”

After actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson hit back at the controversial comments, Watkins has walked back his claim.

He said in a new post: “On December 19 I cried, ‘Blackface!’ I did it in a fit of exasperation over a stereotype that shook me when I was a kid that I saw alive and well today.

“Stereotypes create judgements. When those judgements lead to bullying…or worse…we’ve got a problem. I don’t hear a lot of bullying around the ‘cranky old man’, ‘neurotic wife’, or ‘bumbling husband’ demographic.

“What’s happening over at Modern Family is not blackface. Blackface is hateful. However, I do believe a stereotype is being perpetuated that can be harmful.

“This was my private Facebook page. I don’t know how many friends I had prior to December 19. Probably a couple/few hundred. I used Fb to try to be funny & show pictures of my kids to friends and family.

“I ain’t a hero. Nor am I a villan. I’m a guy with an opinion that comes from my gut and I want to change the world.

“Through the gay characters that I have played I have attempted to confuse the stereotype instead of perpetuate it.”

 

More: blackface, Desperate Housewives, Gay, jesse tyler ferguson, Modern Family, stereotype, tuc watkins, US

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