I know this is going to be very shocking to many of Michael Scofield's (Wentworth Miller) fans, as he's popularly known, just as I'm. Or, could this be one of his tricks?
Wentworth, who played the lead character Michael Scofield in Prison Break came out as a gay man yesterday August 21 via an open letter to the Saint Petersburg Film Festival, rejecting an invitation to attend a premiere there because of Russia's recently-passed anti-gay laws. The 41-year-old actor wrote: Thank you for your kind invitation. As someone who has enjoyed visiting Russia in the past and can also claim a degree of Russian ancestry, it would make me happy to say yes. However, as a gay man, I must decline. I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government. The situation is in no way acceptable, and I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly. Perhaps, when and if circumstances improve, I'll be free to make a different choice. Until then. Wentworth Miller.
I'm sorry Mr Scofield, but Russia has the right to stop anything that looks cocky to them. Not you or the American government can coerce them out of their own beliefs, norms, and values.