I’m starting to think that Russia lives in a bona fide dream world, the real-life embodiment of the ubiquitous sno-globe. Somehow, they seem to think that their harsh and disgusting human rights violations against their LGBTQ citizens will have nary an effect on how the world sees/treats them. Pause and shake your head at that irony, folks! It’s exactly as ridiculous as it sounds.
Cue the written “voice” of one Wentworth Miller. You may remember him from things such as Prison Break and, let’s be real, quite a few of your fantasies. The man is beautiful, well-spoken, and…gay. Apparently, this wasn’t much of a secret as it was something a number of people had suspected over the years. In fact, there was more shock over his 41 yrs of age (he must drink the same virgin’s blood as Johnny Depp) and exactly how he chose to “come out” i.e. make his sexual orientation wide-spread knowledge rather than speculation.
Russia, specifically the St. Petersburg International Film Festival, extended an invitation to the Brit to be a “guest of honor” during the fest which runs from Sept. 13th to the 22nd. Wentworth, with a class the Russian government would do well to emulate, wrote an open letter with a clear and emphatic response:
“…as a gay man, I must decline.”
He continues on to note that, despite being part Russian himself, he “cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly”.
Lawwwwwwd. I don’t know about you but I can smell the singed flesh of that burn from here! We may have Russia attempting to behave as if everything were peachy keen but Wentworth is having none of it! To the point of revealing an aspect of his life that he’d, before now, fiercely guarded. And, truly, if there’s ever a reason to officially out oneself, doing it to bring even more attention to a country’s ass-backward policies regarding a significant number of their population is 100% worth it.