Hey actors out there! Are you tired of roles on TV shows that don't land you catchy names like "Dr. McDreamy"? Looking for some way to boost your profile so that your more glamorous and popular co-stars don't hog all the press? In case you missed the memo, here's a reminder: to get that extra attention just tell the world you're gay (or lesbian, or bi-sexual or any other variant that qualifies you as "not straight").
You see, these days you're guaranteed coverage. While the press aren't homophobic in the traditional sense, they are terrified of what the homosexual lobby will do if they don't cover your "outing". So, get that added publicity now by coming out of the closet! You can't buy that kind of publicity, y'know. It boosted Lance Bass back to stardom for a whole 72 hours.
T.R. Knight, the actor who plays Dr. O'Malley on "Grey's Anatomy" recently jumped on that bandwagon by setting the record straight - or, gay I suppose is more appropriate - for the four or five of his fans who had apparently been feverishly debating the topic. "I guess there have been a few questions about my sexuality, and I'd like to quiet any unnecessary rumors that may be out there," he told People Magazine. As opposed to all those necessary rumors that demand your silence T.R.?
Perhaps trying to make it less obvious that he was looking for a little attention, he continued. "While I prefer to keep my personal life private, I hope the fact that I'm gay isn't the most interesting part of me." Don't worry, T.R. it's not. And for crying out loud, if you prefer to keep your personal life private, why on earth would you go to "People Magazine" and blab about it? To my knowledge no one is clamoring for this information. Congress has yet to call you in to testify as to the nature of your sex partner preference. Rest assured that your producers at "Grey's Anatomy" are not going to fire you if you don't indicate that fact on your next contract.
There was no reason for you to even bother with sharing this news, unless of course you're either desperate for a little press attention or the "Grey's Anatomy" publicity folks are trying to draw some heat away from other recent on-set controversies. You seem like a nice guy. There's no need to stoop to this level. Be proud of who you are if you wish, but be proud of not making it a press statement too.