The Oscar-winning screenwriter of Milk, Dustin Lance Black, has accused the Australian edition of GQ magazine of homophobia.
Writing on his blog last week, Black criticised the publication over questions asked of Twilight star Taylor Lautner in a recent interview regarding a dinner meeting he’d had with Black and director Gus Vant Sant.
Lautner was asked whether Black or Van Sant “made a pass” at him over dinner.
“No, definitely not. I think they know I’m straight. But they’re great guys. They’re a lot of fun,” Lautner responded.
The openly gay writer said the publication was guilty of outdated “lies, myths and stereotypes” about gay people.
“I’m curious, will you be asking all of the handsome actors I’ve ever had the privilege of working with or meeting if I made passes at them as well?” Black wrote.
“I’d love to be there when you ask Sean Penn that same question.”
Black said he was shocked that GQ would allow their writer to lean on the outdated stereotype that gay men are, by nature, sexual predators.
“I mean, would you have asked this same question if it were Diablo Cody and Kathryn Bigelow at dinner with Mr Lautner,” he continued.
“Leaning on lies, myths and stereotypes about gay people is hateful, harmful and outdated. It’s not the 1950s anymore, GQ, it’s 2011 and it’s time to grow up.”
Read Black’s full post here.