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.
Speaking at the Television Critics Association, Billy Crystal (who played one of TV’s earliest out characters on the 70s show Soap), said he’s not comfortable with the level of gay scenes on television today.
“Ah, that’s too much for me. Sometimes, it’s just pushing it a little too far for my taste and I’m not going to reveal to you which ones they are. I hope people don’t abuse it and shove it in our face to the point where it feels like an everyday kind of thing.’
Crystal was taking part in the panel discussion in part to promote his upcoming sitcom (his first since Soap), The Comedians.
I literally laughed out loud. So perfectly both of them.
Happy Thanksgiving kids!
Billy Crystal’s touching tribute to the late Robin Williams at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards was easily one of the highlights of the broadcast.
Just a bit from Crystal’s personal memorial:
“The brilliance was astounding. He was the greatest friend you could ever imagine.”
“It’s very hard to talk about him in the past, because he was so present in our lives.”
“He was the brightest star in the comedy galaxy.”
“Robin Williams, what a concept.”