Daniel Radcliffe is the British actor who played the boy with the round glasses in the wildly popular and lucrative Harry Potter movies. Henceforth I will no longer watch — even for free — any movie or TV with Radcliffe in it.
The UK’s Attitude magazine has a cover story on Radcliffe, but the story isn’t available online. What Radcliffe told Attitude, however, is quoted on Towleroad, which calls itself “a site with homosexual tendencies.”
In his interview with Attitude, Radcliffe begins by stating his support for gay marriage, saying:
“The ultimate reason gay marriage should be legalized everywhere is because, as a kid, you look to your mum and dad and they’re married, then you look at the gay couple who’ve been together for the same amount of time, but because they can’t get married their relationship doesn’t seem the same. Yes, gay marriage is about symbolically blessing a relationship, but the larger issue is about transmitting a fundamental message about equality. Gay people should have equality in law everywhere. If you grow up as a young gay man knowing you don’t have the same opportunities as everyone else, you’re going to feel victimised and massive prejudice towards you.”
From there, Radcliffe bashes religion and proclaims he’s an atheist:
“I’m not religious, I’m an atheist, and a militant atheist when religion starts impacting on legislation. We need sex education in schools. Schools have to talk to kids from a young age about relationships, gay and straight.”
From there, Radcliffe, a Brit, declares that he is “disgusted, amazed, stunned” by GOP candidates like Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann and their open hostility to gay rights. But he reserves his special dislike for one Republican in particular:
“…they disgusted me less than candidates like Rick Perry, who made that ridiculous advert wearing ‘the Brokeback jacket’, and I think pretend to be homophobic just to win votes.”
Radcliffe then says although he wishes Obama could come out for gay marriage, he is firmly pro-Obama:
“Of course he’s [Obama] in favour of it [gay marriage], but he has to be careful about saying so. I’d rather have someone like him in the White House than the alternative.”
Radcliffe then concludes the magazine interview by almost apologizing for not being gay, although he can most certainly “see” why a man would want to have anal sex with a good looking man:
“I can quite happily say someone is handsome, good-looking, and I can see why someone would want to f**k them, but I’ve never felt that way about a man myself. There is that moment in your late teens when you ask yourself the question, ‘Am I?’ but I wasn’t…Well, this year I have a talent crush on Ryan Gosling. I think he’s fantastic and…(ahem) you know he’d be nice afterwards. He seems smart. If I was gay, I would go for a smart man.”
Once upon a time, I had loved the Harry Potter movies. No more. I will now dump my Harry Potter DVDs into the trash bin.