You know - the one where everyone thought he was gay?
Screenwriter Graham Moore received an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on Imitation Game. In the course of his acceptance speech, Moore spoke movingly of his attempted suicide at the age of sixteen, encouraging other young people who felt 'weird or different or they don't fit in' to not give up and "Stay weird. Stay different, and then when it’s your turn and you are standing on this stage, please pass this same message to the next person who comes along.”
It was a beautiful statement which everyone seemed to think meant that he was gay. People made that assumption because he 'sounded gay'. Even gay people made that assumption based on appearance, voice inflection, emotional expression, and so on: Gay stereotypes.
Bad gays. ;)
Hmmmmmmmmm. I think this means gays can be bigots. I think this means gays discriminate too. I think this means gays are are also prejudiced. I say that because so many like to accuse everyone else of the same stuff, as well as 'homophobia'.
Graham Moore told Buzzfeed: “I’m not gay, but I’ve never talked publicly about depression before or any of that, and that was so much of what the movie was about, and it was one of the things that drew me to Alan Turing so much.
“I think we all feel like weirdos for different reasons. Alan had his share of them and I had my own, and that’s what always moved me so much about his story.”
Like I said - it was a great acceptance speech, especially on an evening when suicide was the topic of other works nominated.
Moore's surprise at public reaction to his speech, as well as his response, says something about our tendency, our inclination to define persons by their sexual inclination/orientation. It stops us in our tracks to reconsider identity outside the confines of sexual orientation. Graham Moore is a man. As a teenager he felt weird - he felt he didn't fit in? Why? He didn't say, and it's no one's business.
I find it amazing and distinctive that whatever it was, he didn't just settle for some pop-cultural label or range of sexual identities to limit and define himself by. That whatever it was, he maintained his true identity as a person, a human being, a man.
Indeed, he's a gifted, talented man.
Congratulations to him for this current success and best wishes for his future. He's a sign of hope - and with one speech expanded our horizons tremendously.
Gay writers/activists are complaining the Imitation Game didn't go far enough - saying the film whitewashed the gay aspects of Alan Turing's life out of the film, avoiding sexual/romantic scenes which must have been part of his life, and would have helped fashion him into more of a cause célèbre for gay rights.
They're never happy.