By Adam Markovitz
Updated December 16, 2010 at 05:13 PM EST
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Image Credit: David Becker/Getty ImagesWhile interviewing two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey about his new film, Casino Jack, Daily Beast writer Kevin Sessums asked the actor to discuss his sexual preference. “We gay men have always proudly claimed you as a member of our tribe, and yet you don’t proudly claim us back. Why?” asked Sessums. To which Spacey replied, “Look, I might have lived in England for the last several years but I’m still an American citizen and I have not given up my right to privacy.”

The conversation didn’t end there, though. The two debated the concept of privacy in relationship to journalism, touching on the hot-topic phenomenon of bullying — at which point Spacey said he would gladly make an “It Gets Better” video. But the actor never backed down on his stance on his right to silence. “I don’t live a lie. You have to understand that people who choose not to discuss their personal lives are not living a lie,” he said, adding later “No one’s personal life is in the public interest. It’s gossip, bottom line.”

What do you think, PopWatchers? Is Spacey right that his personal life is nobody’s business? Do you agree with Sessums that sexual orientation isn’t a private matter? Sound off in the comments below.

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