Guy Pearce apologises for trans tweet

Guy Pearce

Australian actor Guy Pearce has issued a lengthy apology after tweeting about roles for trans actors.

Pearce, whose breakout role was as a drag queen in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, had questioned the debate around trans actors playing both trans and non-trans characters.

Pearce had written: “A question – if the only people allowed to play trans characters r trans folk, then r we also suggesting the only people trans folk can play r trans characters. Surely that will limit ur career as an actor? Isn’t the point of an actor to be able play anyone outside ur own world?”

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Guy Pearce apologises for “insensitive” tweet

However, yesterday,  he issued a long letter on Twitter, in which he offered “sincere apologies for crassly focussing on just one already harassed minority.”

He said he understood that his question was “insensitive” and that his point he was trying to raise was about “defending the definition of acting and nothing more… Throwing the subject onto one minority group in particular was unnecessary, especially from a man like me, with a “Full House” of privilege.”

Pearce said that “none of this is straightforward,” but had raised the point after “many people” asked him whether “gay people should have played” the lead roles in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert since it was released in 1994.

“Similar discussions are occurring about trans actors and trans roles,” he added.

Pearce said he did not believe artists should have to reveal their “personal identities, sexual preference, political stance, disability, religious beliefs etc” to gain work.

However, he acknowledged that “a great many minor communities are underrepresented on screen and that so too are actors from those communities.”

He ended by saying that he still believed the artistic community must “discuss and develop this within itself”.

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1 Comment

  1. Peter Turner
    1 April 2023

    I agree with him.
    By the very definition of an “actor” you must be able to take on any number of roles.
    I believe str8 actors should be able to play gay/trans roles and that gay/trans actors should be able to tackle roles outside their sexuality or gender.

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