Neil Patrick Harris Doesn't Think Celebrities Should Be Forced Out Of The Closet
Like any subgroup of society, the gay community has its very own culture and expectations of behavior. Beyond that, it also has plenty of disagreements about what obligation members have to said community. There are some (Michael Musto for example) who believe every single person owes it to the rest to be open about who they love in order to show society how common and ultimately okay homosexuality is. Conversely, there are others who think coming out is an intensely personal decision and people should be allowed to do so on their own schedule. Let the record show How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris find himself a member of the latter group.
NPH recently stopped by The Huffington Post to talk about a variety of issues, and during the chit-chat, the subject of his own coming out story came up. He talked about how difficult it was in his mind be open about his relationship and let David Burtka know he was proud of him but also find a balance so his partner wasn’t always treated in the media like nothing more than a celebrity boyfriend.
In addition, the conversation eventually turned to being a gay celebrity, and that’s when NPH unleashed his thoughts about the media and some of his fellow celebrities dropping hints or outright speaking on the record about who people prefer to sleep with.
"I don't think doing it in an exploitative way makes sense. I just feel like that whole world is very personal. I think it's not a good idea...Here's a good analogy—if you're going to jump into the pool and you're not sure how to swim, it's probably not so effective to just push someone into the pool...It's probably not the best way."
Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses. NPH’s, for example, is his incredible confidence and composure. He always projects an image of success and somehow comes across as the coolest guy in the room, no matter what he’s doing. He could be picking up spilled Cheetos on the ground, and if someone walked in, they’d marvel at his aweseomenss. That’s why him saying this is actually a big deal. In theory, he should be the guy who just assumes everyone can handle everything, but he actually knows better than that.