Guardian columnist Jane Czyzselska, writing for the newspaper’s companion website, mistakenly ‘outed’ Shakespearean actor and ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ star Patrick Stewart as being gay.
In a column celebrating ‘Inception’ actress Ellen Page actually coming out as gay, Czyzselska wrote “some gay people, such as Sir Patrick Stewart, think Page’s coming out speech is newsworthy because a high-profile and surprisingly politically aware young actress has decided not to play by the rules that so many closeted Hollywood actors are advised to follow if they are to enjoy mainstream success,”
It just so happens that the 73-year-old Shakespearean actor, best known for his roles as Professor Charles Xavier in the ‘X-Men’ movies and as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the TV series ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ and its companion films – isn’t gay.
In fact, Stewart has been married – to Women – three times, most recently in September of last year, when he married American jazz singer Sunny Ozell. He also has two children from a previous marriage.
The Guardian rushed to correct its mistake, adding an addendum at the bottom of the page, but Stewart didn’t seem to mind a bit.
“It makes a nice change” tweeted Stewart in response to the ‘outing’. “At least I didn’t wake up to the Internet telling me I was dead again”. At the time of writing, that post has been ‘retweeted’ 1,181 times.
For those who don’t know, Sir Patrick Stewart is a huge supporter of LGBT rights. He vocally supports gay marriage and was even given the 2013 ‘Straight Ally of The Year Award’ from PFLAG.
Fellow ‘Star Trek’ star William Shatner joined in the fun, Tweeting, “I never get that kind of coverage! I’m jealous!”
The confusion may have arisen because Sir Patrick’s best friend is openly gay actor Sir Ian McKellen. If that was the case, Stewart tweeted this response: “I have, like, five or even SEVEN hetero friends and we totally drink beer and eat lots of chicken wings!” Is it just me, or is it impossible to read the above quote without hearing Captain Picard’s voice in your head?
On a more serious note, Stewart has often spoken about civil rights, he once said, “From my earliest years as an actor I have always been proud of the support the creative community gives to all forms of human and civil rights,”
In fact, Patrick Stewart is no stranger to fighting the good fight, the actor has been a vocal opponent of domestic violence (working with Amnesty International) and he is also a patron for Refuge, a UK-based charity for abused Women.
… And no, he isn’t dead.