Celebrities are probably used to being asked some pretty ridiculous questions about their love affairs and which hair products they use. Lately though, it isn't uncommon for many famous folks to open up about their sexuality as society becomes more and more open. But here's a surprising exception: Tom Hardy reportedly snapped at a reporter who asked him about his sexuality at a weekend press conference — even though the 37-year-old actor addressed the issue in an interview a few years ago.
Graeme Coleman is a journalist with the LGBT publication the Daily Xtra. Like any good reporter, he attempted to broach a topic with the star he was interviewing that he knew his audience would be interested in reading about — so, halfway through the conference he asked this question:
"In the film, your character Ronnie is very open about his sexuality. But given interviews you’ve done in the past your own sexuality seems a bit more ambiguous. Do you find it hard for celebrities to talk to media about their sexuality?”
Allow me to stop and explain. In 2008, Hardy was reportedly interviewed by Attitude magazine, a publication which claims he confessed to experimenting with men sexually when he was younger because, as an actor and an artist, he has "played with everything and everyone," according to US Weekly.
Hardy later denied that he said he had sex with men and reportedly told Marie Claire UK that the publication misconstrued what he said and that he never got a chance to explain, according to RadarOnline. I'm pretty sure he got that chance back when he then reportedly said: "I have never put my penis in a man. I’ve never had a c*ck in my arse, and I have no f*cking desire for it. If that’s what you like, cool. But it doesn’t do it for me."
Everyone clear about that? Alrighty then, back to the poor reporter who had his tongue handed back to him.
After being asked the question, Hardy replied: “What on Earth are you on about?" Coleman repeated himself and Hardy answered: "I don’t find it difficult for celebrities to talk about their sexuality. Are you asking me about my sexuality?"
Coleman: "Umm, sure."
(Is anyone else wishing they could sink into the floor with Coleman at this point?)
At that last question, the reporter thanked him for his time and moved on.
Look, I don't believe that agreeing to live a life in the public eye automatically means celebrities should be expected to divulge all of the details about their personal lives. But as an actor who's spoken about his sexuality in the past, Hardy shouldn't really be shocked that this question would come up — and should have been able to feel enough compassion for the reporter to handle it a little better. He could have answered more politely. If he didn't feel comfortable answering, no problem; he could have declined to comment.
Hardy should use his unique power to shut down dumb questions when absolutely necessary. And in this case, I simply don't think that power was necessary.