I have always assumed that Spacey had endured some kind of serious trauma that explained his aversion to confirming that he was gay, since, really, it was so, so obvious. Many actors become actors because of familial abuse and self-loathing: if you think about it, it makes sense. They don’t like who they are and what real life has been, so they seek the fantasy life of being someone else on stage, films and TV. Maybe Spacey’s long obsession with performer Bobby Darrin provided a clue. (Spacey eventually played Darrin in his own vanity film project. “Beyond the Sea.”) You have to be really unhappy with yourself to fantasize being in the shoes of Darrin, the talented, troubled heterosexual actor-singer who died before he turned 40. Thus I was not surprised when Spacey’s brother Randall Fowler, 62, a limo driver and professional Rod Stewart impersonator, described the home in which he, Kevin and their sister were raised as resembling the plot a horror movie.
- Fowler says he and his brother were both sexually abused by their father, Thomas Geoffrey Fowler (whom the children called “The Creature”), and that their mother knew about their treatment at his hands. Their older sister, Julie, was also abused before she fled home when she was 18. In a 2004 interview, Spacey’s brother described how their ultra-right-wing father was a member of the American Nazi Party. He was so enamored with Adolf Hitler, Fowler claimed, that he trimmed his mustache to resemble Der Fuehrer’s.
“I grew up in a living hell. There was so much darkness in our home it was beyond belief. It was absolutely miserable,” Spacey’s brother said then. “Years later, our mother actually wrote a letter to all three of us, trying to justify what had gone on by saying she was abused as a child and so was our father. Kevin tried to avoid what was going on by wrapping himself in an emotional bubble….He was so determined to try to avoid the whippings that he just minded his Ps and Qs until there was nothing inside. He had no feelings.”
Fowler described his younger brother was an “empty vessel” who had never been in a real relationship with anyone. “Neither of us had a chance growing up with two such damaged parents, ” he concluded.
No, I don’t know that what a Rod Stewart imitator and publicity-seeking sibling of a famous actor says is completely true, exaggerated, or a fabrication. But it fits. Spacey should be given the benefit of the doubt, and accorded some compassion. We all deserve that.
- It is clear, however, that Spacey is going to get none. The conservative news media and blogs are lumping him in with Harvey Weinstein, Bill Clinton and the Hollywood and D.C. hypocrites and enablers. The gay community, which dominate Spacey’s profession, is condemning him too. Desperate to distance themselves from Weinstein, the Hollywood Left is piling Spacey, who is virtually without supporters or defenders.
The focus on Spacey by the news media is providing a welcome respite for celebrities like Ben Affleck and George Clooney, whose claims of being shocked—shocked!—that Weinstein had been harassing, molesting and raping actresses for four decades have raised eyebrows. Look over there! Kevin Spacey once tried to rape a teenaged BOY, and he’s blaming it on being gay! He’s the one you really want to destroy! Let’s GET HIM!
- Among the mob aligning to destroy Spacey is the gay advocacy organization GLAAD. “Coming-out stories should not be used to deflect from allegations of sexual assault,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD. “This is not a coming-out story about Kevin Spacey, but a story of survivorship by Anthony Rapp and all those who bravely speak out against unwanted sexual advances. The media and public should not gloss over that.” Explain to us, Sarah Kate, exactly how Spacey could acknowledge that the story told by his accuser was plausible but continue to deny he was gay, as he has his entire career.
- The International Academy announced that “in light of recent events”—weasel words allowing them to avoid explaining exactly how their action is justified, the equivalent of winking and saying saying, “you know”—it will not honor Kevin Spacey with the 2017 International Emmy Founders Award. Spacey had been previously announced as the recipient of the honor at the International Emmy Awards Gala on November 20. The Academy announced the award in June, earned by the Oscar winner because he was “an individual who crosses cultural boundaries to touch humanity.”
I’m confused. Did Spacey do something to justify the award? If he did, how does an alleged incident based on the claims of one individual cancel out what Spacey had done for humanity since that incident?
Boy, it’s a good thing there are no statues of Spacey…
- The most despicable virtue-signalling stunt was Netflix issuing a press release yesterday announcing that the sixth season of the Spacey’s hit series “House of Cards.” currently filming, would be its last. It was always going to be the last, apparently, but by sending out the official word yesterday, Netflix could pretend that it too was disgusted with whatever it was Spacey did thirty years ago. Today, Netflix announced that it is suspending the shooting of “House of Cards” “until further notice, to give us time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew.”
What “concerns”? Is the cast and crew concerned that the distinguished actor who has allowed their meal ticket to flourish for five years is unfit to play a President of the United States who is a murderer and sociopath because of what he almost did three decades ago? Because he inadvertently gave the Right another club to bludgeon Hollywood with? Because he breached the Gay Pride rules? What?
- In fairness, proportion and common sense, there should be a distinction made between someone like Spacey, whom we only know did something unprovable and terrible in a possible attempt to do something worse long ago and before he was famous and powerful, and the Cosbys, Clintons, Weinsteins and O’Reillys, serial abusers who engaged in offenses against women regularly and over many years after they had attained fame. Does it not matter if Spacey has been a model citizen and an ethical human being since that fateful party thirty years ago that Anthony Rapp says shadowed his life? Sure it does.
Or at least it should.