Ewan McGregor appeared on last Friday’s edition of ABC’s Good Morning America to promote his two new films, Ghost Writer and the upcoming LGBT-centered film I Love You Phillip Morris. During the interview, a photo was shown
of McGregor kissing his Phillip Morris costar, Jim Carrey in Paris, where they were knighted in the National Order of Arts and Letters at the Ministry of Culture. Several crew members could clearly be heard laughing on the set while GMA host, George Stephanopoulos asked, “What was that about?”
Without missing a beat, McGregor responded, “Well that’s just two men kissing,” as Stephanapoulos joined in on the laughter while McGregor continued, “In this age, in 2010, it’s extraordinary that it’s still an object of humor.”
Stephanopoulos interrupted McGregor, saying “You weren’t just kissing, you were kind of making out there.” McGregor responded, “No, that’s a kiss. That’s just a kiss.”
Good Morning America is America's second highest rated morning news show, with an average of 4 million viewers. By attempting to make an issue out of the kiss and by joining in on the laughter, Stephanopoulos perpetuates the idea that being gay is a joke. GLAAD applauds McGregor for standing up to Stephanopoulos' trivial display and will be reaching out to ABC to voice concerns about the tone of these questions.