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What Do Some Really Think of Kevin Spacey?

Written by Joe Scudder

An “important” author finds the Kevin Spacey scandal not nearly as important as Spacey’s carreer

“Veteran journalist and Library Lion” Gay Talese, while being honored at the New York Public Library’s Library Lions Gala, told a Vanity Fair reporter that he wanted to write a profile of Kevin Spacey. Why? Because Spacey had his career ruined over an “indiscretion”—the attempted rape of a fourteen-year-old boy.

Perhaps Talese doesn’t realize the full extent of the allegations against Kevin Spacey.

Vanity Fair reports, “Gay Talese Would Like to Profile Kevin Spacey.

News had come that afternoon that Netflix was cutting ties with the House of Cards star after multiple men had accused him of sexual harassment, beginning with actor Anthony Rapp, who told BuzzFeed that Spacey made a sexual advance towards him in 1986, when he was 14.

“I feel so sad, and I hate that actor that ruined this guy’s career,” continued Talese, who possibly had not kept up with the growing scope of the accusations online. “So, O.K., it happened 10 years ago . . . Jesus, suck it up once in a while!”

Talese, visibly agitated, pressed on: “I would like to ask [Spacey] how it feels to lose a lifetime of success and hard work all because of 10 minutes of indiscretion 10 years or more ago.”

Gesturing to the roomful of media titans sipping champagne around him, he added, “You know something, all of us in this room at one time or another did something we’re ashamed of. The Dalai Lama has done something he’s ashamed of. The Dalai Lama should confess . . . put that in your magazine!”

Read the entire Vanity Fair article.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the “nom de plume” (or “nom de guerre”) of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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