Ben Affleck should ‘try getting raped in a scene’ says Evan Rachel Wood
Evan Rachel Wood has told Ben Affleck to “try getting raped in a scene” after the Batman star reportedly said kissing a man was his “greatest acting challenge”.
The Westworld actress, who came out as bisexual in 2011, tweeted “grow up Ben” after news emerged that Affleck had said he was “a serious actor” after his first on-screen gay kiss.
Kevin Smith, who worked with the Gone Girl star on Chasing Amy, said Affleck told him: “A man kissing another man is the greatest acting challenge an actor can ever face.”
The Oscar winner allegedly made the remarks after locking lips with co-star Jason Lee, adding after the scene: “Now, I’m a serious actor.”
When she was told he made the remarks 20 years ago, Wood dismissed this as an excuse, tweeting: “I’m sure he just thought it was a funny, but even jokes like that are damaging.”
Wood, who said earlier this year that bi-visibility made her feel less crazy and gave her hope, also rejected the idea that performing straight kisses on camera is any easier than same-sex kisses.
“Also, you think us ladies like kissing all the guys we kiss?” she said.
“Just cause it’s a ‘straight kiss’ doesn’t mean we enjoy it. Ahem.”
Unfortunately, speaking out as an LGBT person – especially a woman – on the internet often means facing a barrage of abuse.
She hit back at one such abuser, who told her: “Try getting raped in real life.”
Wood said: “Hey. I have been raped and came out with it publicly last year.
“Maybe you shouldn’t throw stones in a glass house.”
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And this morning, the Across the Universe actress shone a light on the backlash she had suffered for making her voice heard.
“I have deleted the thread because of the sickening things people have written in response,” she wrote.
“I don’t want to give that kind of hatred a place.”
Wood has never been afraid to speak out. In 2015, she made headlines with her support of bi-visibility after telling her followers that “no matter who I am with I am #stillbisexual”.
“I can assure you that whatever “straight privilege” I sometimes get accused of having, gets erased by #biphobia,” she continued.
“Remember, bisexuality doesn’t mean halfway between gay or straight. It is its own identity.”