Cynthia Nixon has shocked many not only for going bald but also for making comments that being gay is a choice. The Emmy Award winner, who shaved her head for her role in the Broadway play "Wit", quickly drew criticism from members of the gay community for the remarks she made in a recent New York Times Magazine interview.
Influential gay blogger and activist John Aravosis was among those who openly expressed his strong disapproval to Nixon's remarks. Saying that the actress "needs to learn how to choose her words better", he wrote on the AmericaBlog Gay website, "If you like both flavors, men and women, you're bisexual, you're not gay."
"So please don't tell people that you are gay, and that gay people can 'choose' their sexual orientation, i.e., will it out of nowhere," he continued. "Because they can't. Every religious right hatemonger is now going to quote this woman every single time they want to deny us our civil rights."
Also weighing in on Nixon's controversial statement was celebrity blogger Perez Hilton. "We totally hear her out and true, we cannot define her 'gayness,' but it wasn't a choice for us," he wrote on his blog. "We were BORN gay. And millions of gay people around the world feel the same way."
Celebrity chef Cat Cora also made similar statement when appearing on "The Talk" Tuesday, January 24. "I'm gay, and I was born this way," she said. "So, I really feel like it was dangerous and irresponsible of Cynthia, especially in this environment today when so many young people are taking their lives."
"I know growing up as a young gay person how much you hate yourself," she elaborated, "how much you already think you're different. And for someone to say, 'It's a choice, you can be this way or that way,' I think it's dangerous and I ask Cynthia to please, reach out to the community and say - to all the people who do hate themselves right now, all the young kids who are impressionable - to say, 'You're OK, take it one day at a time, it gets better.' "
Nixon, who was in a relationship with Daniel Mozes for 15 years before dating Christine Marinoni, stated that "homosexuality can be a choice" when clarifying the remarks she made in an empowerment speech to a gay audience in which she said, "I've been straight and I've been gay, and gay is better."
"For me, it is a choice. I understand that for many people it's not, but for me it's a choice, and you don't get to define my gayness for me," she explained. "A certain section of our community is very concerned that it not be seen as a choice, because if it's a choice, then we could opt out. I say it doesn't matter if we flew here or we swam here, it matters that we are here and we are one group and let us stop trying to make a litmus test for who is considered gay and who is not."
In defense of her words, the "Sex and the City" actress pointed out, "Why can't it be a choice? Why is that any less legitimate? It seems we're just ceding this point to bigots who are demanding it, and I don't think that they should define the terms of the debate. I also feel like people think I was walking around in a cloud and didn't realize I was gay, which I find really offensive. I find it offensive to me, but I also find it offensive to all the men I've been out with."
Backlash aside, Nixon debuted her bald head when stopping by "Live! with Kelly" on Tuesday. Talking to host Kelly Ripa about the new look, she shared, "I thought it was going to be kind of no-muss, no-fuss, but I have to shave it every day. It's got kind of a five o'clock shadow. You don't want to go out with that."