Billy Crystal says that modern movies and TV shows which depict the gay lifestyle are ‘pushing it too far’ – and his statements have generated a lot of debate and harsh reactions from the gay-loving population.
The actor, who in the 1970s famously played gay character Jodie Dallas in the TV series Soap, reportedly made the comments during the Television Critics Association screening of his new TV series The Comedians on Sunday.
He was quoted to have said during the screening, ‘Sometimes I think, “Ah that’s too much for me”… Sometimes, it’s just pushing it a little too far for my taste, and I’m not going to reveal to you which ones they are. I hope people don’t abuse it and shove it in our face to the point where it feels like an every-day kind of thing.’
On his gay role in Soap, Crystal said, ‘It was very difficult at the time. Jodie was really the first recurring [gay] character on network television and it was a different time, it was 1977. So, yeah, it was awkward. It was tough.’ He then went on to recall one time the audience burst into ‘nervous laughter’ after he told his stage boyfriend ‘I love you’ during a live performance.
Crystal did not disclose what aspects of the modern gay portrayals on TV are making him uncomfortable.