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Where Did That Come From?

A profile of Colin Farrell in the Washington Post veers off into a discussion of the actor’s attitudes toward homosexuality: “Images of Farrell drinking in pubs with mates, carousing till all hours and wandering the streets–memorably celebrated in a Vanity Fair cover story last year–aren’t necessarily all benign and merry. Devoutly heterosexual and unashamedly macho as he is, one wonders whether Farrell might harbor a homophobic streak somewhere, or what he and those randy mates would do if they encountered, say, a gay couple walking home from a different kind of bar.” Farrell reassures the author, Post tv critic Tom Shales, on these points. Then Shales comes back with: “One might think that even Farrell’s decision to become an actor would be mocked as slightly sissified by down-home cronies. ‘No,’ he says with finality.” Shales spends more than an eighth of his space on this topic. It seems rather weird to me that a guy should be presumed to be “homophobic” for liking drinks and women.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.


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