Yesterday, I and several outlets reported on comments made by actor Billy Crystal this past weekend at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. Having played one of the first openly gay characters on a prime time sitcom in the 1970s (Soap), he was asked his thoughts on how far television has come since then:
“I’ve seen some stuff recently on TV in different kinds of shows where the language or the explicit sex is really, you know, sometimes I get it, and sometimes I just feel like, ‘Ah, that’s too much for me.’… Sometimes it’s just pushed a little too far for my tastes, and I’m not going to get into which ones they are.”
Initially, the statement was taken as being anti-gay. Crystal has since clarified his comments for The Hollywood Reporter:
“What I meant was that whenever sex or graphic nudity of any kind (gay or straight) is gratuitous to the plot or story it becomes a little too much for my taste,” he told THR in a statement.