Colton Haynes Blasts Hollywood For Its Treatment Of Gay Actors
‘Arrow’ and ‘Teen Wolf’ star Colton Haynes, who came out publicly in May 2016, opens up about being gay in Hollywood.
He took to Twitter on Tuesday blasting Hollywood for homophobia.
“Hollywood is so f—ed up,” Haynes tweeted to his 1.96 million followers. “So much of the focus is on your personal life & has nothing to do with the talent you have to bring to the table.”
Haynes argued that the movie industry emphasized actors’ personal lives over their actual talent.
“So disappointed in how Hollywood cant understand that playing a character has nothing to do with how u live your personal life,” he added.
The actor broke out playing Jackson Whittemore on MTV’s “Teen Wolf” before landing the role of Roy Harper on CW’s “Arrow.” He’ll appear next as Detective Samuels in FX’s “American Horror Story: Cult.”
He, however, thanked the openly gay creators of those three series for casting him.
It’s unclear what triggered Haynes’ tweets, especially since both his career and personal life seem to be going well. He appeared alongside Scarlett Johansson and Kate McKinnon in “Rough Night,” which hit theaters in June, and returns to TV Sept. 5 with “American Horror Story: Cult.” He got engaged in March to florist Jeff Leatham in Los Cabos, Mexico.
Nonetheless, his criticisms of Hollywood’s limited view of the gay community are not without merit. GLAAD’s 2017 Studio Responsibility Index found that only 18.4 percent of 125 major movies released in 2016 featured characters who identified as LGBTQ.