ETHAN Hawke has reportedly told Canadian media that children today “have almost zero homophobia”.
The actor, 43, was speaking to the Toronto Star this week, reflecting on his career and the changes he has seen in the past few decades, especially in terms of homophobia and the frequent portrayals of homosexuality in mainstream media since the character of Plato in Rebel Without a Cause.
“It’s been fascinating to me.
“They’ve grown up thinking that it’s not a big deal to have gay characters on TV or in movies.
“There are all these things that started this ball rolling, and now people are really comfortable talking about it. I think you’ll see a lot less teen suicide in the coming years. I really do believe that.”
Hawke also added how movies today did not have to hide homosexuality, a stark comparison to what was done in James Dean’s classic film.
“It doesn’t have to be all tucked away in innuendo any more,” Hawke said.
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H/T: Toronto Star