Last year We Need To Talk About Kevin and Perks Of Being A Wallflower star Ezra Miller revealed publicly that he is queer. However talking to HuffPo, he’s revealed that his success hasn’t shielded him from being gay-bashed.
In an interview he claims he’s been beaten up twice due to his sexuality, with the first being quite severe. He says “One time I was at a show in New York City for a hardcore band. I was wearing a velvet green jacket, and I was doing sort of a swing step, kind of Lindy-hopping in the mosh pit. Then I walked out of the mosh pit, and I was standing in the back of the crowd, someone tapped me on the shoulder, and all I heard was the word, “Faggot.” I got punched in the eye.
“The face is designed to protect the eyeball but this dude managed to punch at a particular angle. I had a bunch of tears in my retina. It was very confusing. All of a sudden, my eye was bleeding, I couldn’t see where the guy had gone, and I never really knew who it was.”
As for the second occasion, he says, “I wore this faux fur leopard print jacket for a while. I really liked it. I was in Hoboken, N.J., where my parents live. There was a Giants game going on so bros were about, and on the prowl.
“A guy grabbed me by the jacket and was like, “What the fuck is with this jacket?” And I was like, “It’s a jacket that I’m wearing.” And he’s like, “Who are these fuckin’ people you’re with?” And I was like, “That’s my mother. And we’re just going to get some dinner. Would you please let go of me?” He went, “What?! My mother!? My mother?!” He sort of let go of me, and I was like, “Look man, you’re confused, and I’m sorry, I’m leaving.””
Miller seems to be quite sanguine about it though, adding, “The first guy was a more self-assured, confident gay-basher. That second guy needed to sober up, figure out his hate crime a little more.”
Ezra will next be seen in Madame Bovary, opposite Mia Wasikowska.