GQ Australia has apologized for asking Taylor Lautner a question about his sexuality that some perceived as homophobic.
In an interview for the magazine’s October/November issue, the “Twilight” star was asked if director Gus Van Sant and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black hit on him during a dinner meeting in July. Both men are openly gay.
“No, definitely not,” said Lautner said (via Us Weekly.) “I think they know I'm straight. But they're great guys. They're a lot of fun.”
Lautner's sexuality has been the subject of some Beyonce baby-bump style rumors (see: ridiculous). Plus, the commonly shirtless actor is the subject of ardor from many a Team Jacob fan, so asking a question about his romantic life isn’t completely unreasonable But by pulling two Hollywood heavyweights into the mix, the mag set itself up for a controversy.
Indeed, Black was not amused by the question.
“I’m curious, will you be asking all of the handsome actors I’ve ever had the privilege of working with or meeting if I made passes at them as well?” the “Milk” screenwriter wrote on his blog. “Or, Mr. GQ writer, were you projecting your own unprofessional desires onto me and Gus? Perhaps? Or worse still, are you a homophobe?
“I’m shocked that GQ would allow their writer to lean on the scurrilous, outdated stereotype that gay men are by nature sexual predators.”
Nick Smith, GQ Australia’s editor, apologized Tuesday for any offense the question caused on the magazine’s Facebook page.
“We’ve seen some of the comments floating around regarding our recent interview with Taylor Lautner and [apologize] if anyone was offended by anything in the article,” he wrote. “It certainly wasn’t our intention to paint anyone in the story as a sexual predator. The point we were actually trying to push was that Taylor is irresistible to virtually everyone – regardless of sexuality or gender.”