'Birds Of Prey': Ewan McGregor and Chris Messina hint that their characters are gay, fans call it unnecessary
'It's very complicated,' McGregor said in an interview. 'Their relationship is very much based... there's a want and a need there for sure.' Messina added, 'There's a real love of anarchy'
There has been a lot of buzz that the villains from the upcoming 'Birds Of Prey And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of Harley Quinn' just might be gay, but recent comments from Ewan McGregor and Chris Messina have left fans furious.
During the soundtrack premiere of 'Birds Of Prey', McGregor and Messina were asked about the rumors surrounding the relationship between their characters Black Mask and Victor Zsasz.
McGregor initially said that the two have a "complicated" relationship before saying "more than likely, yes". Zsasz is the Black Mask's sadistic right-hand man.
"It's very complicated," McGregor told Variety. "Their relationship is very much based... there's a want and a need there for sure." Messina added, "There's a real love of anarchy."
These statements irritated fans as they felt it was a form of queerbaiting. 'Lion King' star Billy Eichner shared the interview on his Twitter handle with an eye-roll emoji. Fans echoed his sentiments.
One fan wrote, "such BS #BirdsOfPrey is NOT Gay and the stupid way he answers the question... just say NO instead of dancing all around the f**king issue."
Another tweeted, "are the characters Gay? hum, oh, well it’s complicated, hum, so, hahahaha, so well, um, hehe, a want and a need ...wtf was that? the answer is 'NO' they can’t commit to one f**king Gay character or a gay couple!!"
"#BirdsofPrey still looks like a dumpster fire of a movie. Making two characters that weren't gay in the comics into gay characters in the film, doesn’t change a damned thing. It's almost like sexual preferences are somewhat irrelevant in the grand scheme of things," tweeted another annoyed fan.
One fan tried to keep a neutral perspective, "It’s changing the character to make a political statement. Not bad. Just unnecessary," they wrote.
'Birds Of Prey' will release on February 7.