Kerry Washington Opens Up About Lesbian Rumors
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KERRY Washington is opening up!
Speaking to The Advocate, the pregnant actress — who plays high-powered problem-solver Olivia Pope on the hit ABC drama Scandal — talked about lesbian rumors, homophobia in Hollywood, and her fierce commitment to fighting for equality.
On lesbian rumors: “It’s interesting how much people long to fill in the gaps when someone in the public eye doesn’t share their personal life. I understand their frustration. I like how people will post pictures of me with other women that I adore, hugging on red carpets, and say, ‘See?’ Are we so uncomfortable with love between two people of the same gender that we immediately label it as sexual? But I’ve never been bothered by the lesbian rumor. There’s nothing offensive about it, so there’s no reason to be offended.”
On battling homophobia within the black community: “Something that brings me great joy is knowing what Scandal’s audience looks like in terms of African-American households and knowing that so many African-American people and families are being introduced to our characters James and Cyrus. It’s really exciting that millions of viewers each week are living life with this amazing, complex couple, stepping into their gay marriage and adoption experience, which is such a vital storyline in our show.”