Actor Luke Grimes played a heterosexual vampire in a recurring role as James in the sixth season on HBO’s “True Blood,” before quitting in December prior to the start of the final season.
Grimes’ rep initially said his departure was due to a scheduling conflict. But now the truth has been revealed: Grimes quit the popular cable TV drama because he objected to his character engaging in sexual activity with another man.
Now Grimes is facing threats of being blacklisted in Hollywood by homosexual media and entertainment executives who control a vast majority of the industry.
Overwhelmingly liberal critics claim Grimes should have known his character might turn gay since the show's creator Alan Ball is a homosexual himself. The implication being that if you are an actor who works on a show created by gays you should assume your character will be bisexual at some point.
“It’s unfortunate that an actor today would feel uncomfortable playing gay, especially on a program that has always put LGBT characters front and center,” Stacy Lambe, Associate Editor for the gay and lesbian-focused OUT Magazine said. “But Nelsan Ellis and Nathan Parsons are proof that Luke Grimes is not the norm. Grimes is the exception.”
Critics strongly suggest that actors who are unwilling to conform to the gay standards in Hollywood "may have career consequences."
“It’s pretty clear Luke will suffer as a result, added Dan Gainor, VP of Business and Culture at the Media Research Center. "Hollywood will either say he was unprofessional or a phobe of some sort. It is his prerogative, but he will suffer for it.”
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