Ethan Hawke: Kids Today Have Zero Homophobia

Actor Ethan Hawke, probably best known for his role in 2001 Training Day has stated that he believes that kids of today have almost zero homophobia, compared to his generation. Hawke made the comments in an interview he gate to the Toronto Star.

Hawke was discussing the gay themes which are said to exist in 1950s film Rebel Without A Cause. He said how he believed using this film today to discuss gay rights was an excellent choice saying “Nicholas Ray is such a great filmmaker and it’s a great example right now of how much more comfortable we are confronting sexuality than in the past.”

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Hawke who has two teenage sons believes he has seen huge changes in society in his four decades alive, which he attributes to the tidal wave of change in pop culture. “It’s been fascinating to me. One of the biggest differences I think between my generation and my kids is that they have almost zero homophobia.”

“They’ve grown up thinking that it’s not a big deal to have gay characters on TV or in movies like Boys Don’t Cry or Kiss of the Spider Woman.”

“There are all these things that started this (gay acceptance) ball rolling, and now people are really comfortable talking about it. I think you’ll see a lot less teen suicide in the coming years. I really do believe that.”

Hawke is in Toronto to celebrate WorldPride events, which kicked off yesterday (June 20).

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Irish x

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