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?”
The photo that was shown for comedic value on Good Morning America.
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.