Whatever the reason Grey’s Anatomy star T.R. Knight decided to confirm to People magazine yesterday that he’s gay, I’m hoping that at the very least, his announcement will help annihilate the tired old argument that actors can’t come out of the closet because then audiences wouldn’t be able to buy them in heterosexual roles. After all, is there a person alive who can say this revelation negates Knight’s wildly convincing work on Grey’s last season, particularly the way he turned sad-sack George’s unrequited love for Meredith into something painfully palpable? Similarly, does this niblet of information about Knight’s off-screen love life lessen the maddening/adorable dynamic that George has developed this year with orthopedic surgeon Callie? And if you’ve answered “yes” to either of the above questions, doesn’t it say more about your own personal hang-ups then about Knight’s abilities as an actor?
Yeah, I know as your friendly, neighborhood, gay blogger, I carry my own heavy bias into this discussion, but seriously, once the dust settles on the Grey’s set — with regard to Knight’s news, as well as the current kerfuffle with McAngry — wouldn’t it be grand if audiences treated Knight just like any other actor, judging him on his performances, not on who he loves? As Knight said himself, “I hope the fact that I’m gay isn’t the most interesting part of me.” Well said, brother. Now go make things right with hot tamale Callie or I’ll wring your indecisive neck!
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