The Guardian Mistakenly Outs Patrick Stewart as Gay in Ellen Page Story

The Guardian Mistakenly Outs Patrick Stewart as Gay in Ellen Page Story

The publication erroneously outed the Star Trek actor as gay in a column on Monday

In a column for The Guardian, Jane Czyzselska celebrated Ellen Page's coming out, trumpeting three cheers for her public disclosure and cited Sir Patrick Stewart as an example of a gay actor who praised the “Juno” star for her bravery — one problem, the Star Trek actor isn't gay. Oops!

‘”Some gay people, such as Sir Patrick Stewart, think Page’s coming out speech is newsworthy because a high-profile and surprisingly politically aware young actress has decided not to play by the rules that so many closeted Hollywood actors are advised to follow if they are to enjoy mainstream success,” Czyzselska wrote. Stewart has been married to jazz singer Sunny Ozell since September 2013.

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Editors at The Guardian quickly appended a correction to the bottom of the column.Screen Shot 2014-02-18 at 9.06.18 AM

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“This article was amended on 17 February 2014,” editors wrote. “The third paragraph originally said ‘Some gay people, such as Sir Patrick Stewart, think Page’s coming out speech is newsworthy’. This should have read ‘Some people, such as Sir Patrick Stewart, think Page’s coming out speech is newsworthy’.”

Despite not being gay, Stewart is a big time ally to the LGBT community. He is best friends with Ian McKellen, strongly supports marriage equality and was awarded Straight Ally Of The Year from PFLAG last year. “From my earliest years as an actor I have always been proud of the support the creative community gives to all forms of human and civil rights,” Stewart has said.He's also performed gay roles before, perhaps most notably in the 1995 gay romantic comedy “Jeffrey”, where he played a flamboyant interior decorator.

Update: Stewart was amused by the incident and tweeted a few jokes, William Shatner even joined in.

Watch Stewart's performance in “Jeffrey” below:

  • USAgent

    I would sue the crap out them, who makes a mistake like that? He pissed someone off.

    • Destructor!!!

      You'd only sue if you took it as an insult, surely?

    • Mark Penrice

      Difference is, Sir Stewart has a well developed and oft-exhibited sense of humour…

  • USAgent

    Insult or not, I would access the situation and if the
    interviewer or editor printed that as a way of getting back at me then yes I
    would sue – Don't try to set me up please.

    • Alistair Sim

      But they didn't print it as a “way of getting back” at him. There is no suggestion of that. It's an honest mistake.What are you talking about?

      • USAgent

        Fine then, everyone makes mistakes.

  • Mark Penrice

    Two captains of the Enterprise tweeting each other … life in the future is pretty sweet.

  • USAgent

    Its a tabloid, its all about catering and shock value to get readers.

    • Alistair Sim

      It's not a tabloid. It's the Guardian, one of the world's most respected newspapers.

      • USAgent

        Ok fine I stand corrected , thank you

  • Bell Rock Jacky

    “NOT THAT THERE'S ANYTHING WRONG WITH THAT!!!!!”

  • rpitera

    Gave a whole new meaning to “the captains log” though, didn't it?