Ian McKellen, portraying Gandalf in the upcoming Lord of the Rings movies, added a “Writing” to his website in which he voices his opinion on criticisms of his being cast. Here’s an excerpt:
So, taking a less momentous example, it was
unsurprising that an uncensored Internet should
recently criticise my casting as Gandalf in homophobic
terms. Cranky anti-gay remarks in chat rooms remind
me of verbal abuse in the playground – not that that
didn’t hurt too. Many unthinking people just don’t like
the idea of gays joining in their games, nor in the
military and, it would seem, in the movies.
Click here to read the whole of his thoughts.