Matt Lucas endorsed his bridesmaids Co-star Rebel Wilson after newspaper attempts to ‘out’ her sexuality.
That Pitch perfect The actor, who recently hosted the Baftas, shared an Instagram post on Thursday (June 9) and wrote, “I thought I was looking for a Disney prince…but maybe what I really needed all along was one.” Disney princess.”
It was then revealed in a now-deleted Sydney Morning Herald Column that Wilson had “two days” to comment on their new relationship before the outlet would go ahead and cover it.
In the piece, journalist Andrew Hornery complained that Wilson had prevented him from getting a shovel.
The article, published in a section titled “Private Sydney,” was met with widespread criticism, with Wilson telling her followers on Sunday (June 12): “Thank you for your comments, it’s been a very difficult situation but I tried to handle it with grace.”
Lesser Britain Star Lucas, who is friends with Wilson, raised the issue Twitter, writes: “Coming out is often a long, frightening process with many beats. Self-realization, telling friends & family, a first relationship.
“I thought that the press that forces people to come out whether they are ready or not is a thing of the past. I must have been wrong.”
He continued, “Fortunately, we’re only talking about one or two people here. It has to be said that the vast majority of journalists are now dealing with this issue with much more sensitivity and empathy, even in some of the more traditionally right-wing newspapers.”
Hornery has since apologized for the article, writing: “As a gay man, I am well aware of the pain of discrimination. The last thing I ever want to do is cause someone else that pain.”
He said that the outlet “mishandled steps in our approach” to the story.
On Sunday (June 12) the newspaper’s editor, Bevan Shields, issued a statement denying any wrongdoing, writing: “As other mastheads do every day, we simply asked questions and by default a deadline for an answer set.
“‘Private Sydney’ is a column where the author’s interaction with his subjects is often part of the story,” Shields continued, explaining, “Saturday’s post followed that theme by giving readers insight into our interaction with Wilson and her PR team. This was not a standard news story.”
Lucas and Wilson starred together in the 2011 comedy bridesmaidsplays the roommates of Kristen Wiig’s main character.