It might be fair to say that Wentworth Miller, like a lot of people, isn’t too pleased with the Russian government at the moment.
Judging by his recent confession, the Russian government probably isn’t crazy about him either.
The St. Petersburg International Film Festival invited the Prison Break star over to pop on over to Russia and watch some movies with them, and he responded with the classiest damn rejection letter to ever also be used as a means of officially coming out the closet. That’s a tough category.
In the letter, which was posted on the GLAAD website (click here to read it), Wentworth says:
I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly.
In case you’ve been living under a rock, Russia recently passed legislation that makes the “propagandising of non-traditional sexual relations among minors” illegal. Basically, if you do so much as let your eleven year old look at a picture of Ricky Martin, you can expect a pretty hefty fine. Gay Pride events have also been banned in Moscow for about a hundred years.
There have always been rumours about his preferences, but he denied these in a 2007 In Style interview, saying:
“I’m not gay, but that rumor can’t be killed.”
Pretty sure it’s dead now. Whatever the circumstances, I think we can all agree that this is one the gay community are allowed to be pretty damn smug about. Lucky bastards.
Wenworth, who’s also a pretty successful screenwriter these days, has been met with a storm of positive approval.
A GLAAD spokesperson said:
“As people from across the globe continue to speak out against Russia’s horrific law, more celebrities and corporations should follow his courageous lead in openly condemning Russia’s anti-LGBT law.”
Well that should more than make up for all the unoriginal jokes involving prison and dropping the soap.