Screenwriter, director, and film and TV producer Dustin Lance Black is an Academy Award winner -- and an openly gay man. Obviously this means he hits on every hot young stud in Hollywood, right? Wrong. And when GQ implied as much, Black decided to fight back.
In an interview with the admittedly delectable Twilight hottie Taylor Lautner, a GQ Australia writer asked the hunk if Black and Gus Van Sant hit on him when the trio was spotted at dinner together.
Lautner good-naturedly replied, "No, definitely not. I think they know I'm straight. But they're great guys. They're a lot of fun."
Dustin Lance Black was not as generous. In a scathing rebuttal on his website, Black wrote, "Really Mr. GQ writer? 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? I'd love to be there when you ask Sean Penn that same question."
"Or, Mr. GQ writer, were you projecting your own unprofessional desires onto me and Gus? Perhaps? Or worse still, are you a homophobe? Above and beyond this clear attack on my character, I'm shocked that GQ would allow their writer to lean on the scurrilous, outdated stereotype that gay men are by nature sexual predators. I mean, would you have asked this same question if it were Diablo Cody and Kathryn Bigelow at dinner with Mr. Lautner?"
"Leaning on lies, myths and stereotypes about gay people is hateful, harmful and outdated. It's not the 1950s anymore GQ, it's 2011 and it's time to grow up," Black finished.
GQ Australia apologized -- sort of. On their Facebook page, the magazine wrote, "We've seen some of the comments floating around regarding our recent interview with Taylor Lautner and apologise if anyone was offended by anything in the article. 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. Hence the film crew cheering at his shirtless scenes while shooting Twilight, and Mark Wahlberg deeming him better looking than Leonardo Di Caprio."
Taylor Lautner himself has not commented on the controversy, but with less than a month until the premiere of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, he probably has bigger fish to fry.
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