Pop quiz! Which one of these is not true: Funny man Joel McHale a.) hosts The Soup, b.) stars on the sitcom Community, and c.) is gay. If you guessed ... C, you're right on! McHale is straight and has been happily married to Sarah Williams since 1996. Still, a lot of people assume all three are true, especially C, because McHale "dresses so well." Ha! And McHale is completely cool with that. In fact, beyond cool might be more accurate.
In an interview with The Advocate, he said in response to rumors that he's gay, "Oh, I still see that on Twitter every day. It’s flattering. I always find it really weird when guys flip out over someone thinking they might be gay. If a guy gets offended by that, there’s something’s wrong with him. I take it as a compliment." Aww! As he should!
He went on to joke about how he used to get hit on by guys all the time when he was starting out in Hollywood ...
Much like in Say Anything, guys usually stand outside my house with a boombox over their head blasting the Indigo Girls. Actually, guys sometimes will tweet me, 'I'm in L.A. Staying at such-and-such hotel. What do you think?' Of course, it all depends on the quality of the hotel.
Ha, cute. Plenty of straight actors in Hollywood have to field questions about their sexuality, but it's not every day they do it in such a classy way. McHale could have easily been much more dismissive, standoffish, tongue-in-cheek/sarcastic in response to that question. He could have skipped doing an interview with The Advocate at all. But he clearly respects the gay community.
He praised his show's gay fans in particular:
Community needs all the help it can get, so thank God for our gay fans. Our young gay fans especially are the loudest and most Internet-savvy. That also speaks to the quality of our show, which I think is highly intelligent.
Love it! He's definitely setting an example for other actors. If by some chance your sexuality is misperceived, this is exactly how you should roll.
What do you think of Joel McHale's comments on his sexuality?
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