LONDON — Andrew Garfield is getting criticized for saying he’s gay, but without the “physical act.”
Garfield is starring onstage as a gay man with AIDS in a London production of “Angels in America.” Britain’s Gay Times magazine reports Garfield told the audience at a panel discussion that he’s not currently gay, but left open the door for an “awakening” later in his life.
He says he prepared for the role by watching episodes of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and added that he’s “a gay man right now just without the physical act.”
The comment has sparked criticism from some on Twitter who say the remark is insensitive to the struggles of gay people.
Garfield’s representatives didn’t immediately return a request for comment Thursday.
Philadelphia honors Kevin Hart with mural
PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia is welcoming back Kevin Hart for a birthday celebration and the unveiling of a giant mural of the comedian near his childhood home.
The festivities Thursday included an official resolution dubbing July 6 “Kevin Hart Day” in the city.
The mural is displayed on the building that houses Max’s Steaks in north Philadelphia. Hart wrote on Instagram that he was “blown away” by the announcement.
Hart has starred in five stand-up comedy specials and will next appear in an upcoming remake of the film Jumanji. He was recently named by Forbes as the highest-paid comedian, raking in nearly $90 million from June 2015 to June 2016.
Thursday is his 38th birthday.
Kesha returns with lead single from first album in 5 years
Kesha has released her first new music in four years and announced a forthcoming album, her first since a high-profile legal battle with Dr. Luke over a lawsuit accusing the music producer of sexual assault and harassment.
Kesha has debuted “Praying,” the lead single from “Rainbow,” her first album since 2012’s “Warrior.” Co-written by Ryan Lewis, “Praying” features lyrics about overcoming adversity. In an essay for Lenny Letter , Kesha writes that the song is about “coming to feel empathy for someone else even if they hurt you or scare you.”
Dr. Luke, whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald, has denied Kesha’s allegations.
“Rainbow” is due out Aug. 11 and features appearances by Dolly Parton, Eagles of Death Metal and the Dap-Kings.
NBC’s Richard Engel steps out with themed series
NEW YORK — Foreign correspondent Richard Engel is borrowing Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC time slot on Friday nights over the next month for a series of themed programs about world affairs.
The opening episode of “On Assignment” this week will be about Russia and the Trump administration’s ties there. It’s timed to coincide with President Donald Trump’s meeting on Friday with Vladimir Putin.
Engel says his show will be centered on reporting and won’t just have people in a studio pontificating about the week’s events.
MSNBC envisions “On Assignment” as a limited series, with Engel delivering a handful of episodes when news demands give him a chance to report. He appears frequently on Maddow’s show — where she says he’s her only regular guest to get fan mail.