Joseph Segal, an aspiring London-based actor and musician, received a shocking rejection from a talent agency he approached for representation.
Said the agency in its rejection: “We already have a gay actor on our books and also an actor/musician of the same age. So we feel there would be a clash. I’m unable to consider you at the moment.”
Support and outrage began pouring in.
Christ. This is scary. Reprehensible!
— Mark Gatiss 💙 (@Markgatiss) March 10, 2018
Joseph, it is a disgrace that this agent has brought your sexuality in to the equation as a reason not to take you on. I’ve worked with many gay actors and they very often are playing a straight character and vice versa. So your sexuality is irrelevant to your casting eligibility
— Tom Hopper (@Tomhopperhops) March 10, 2018
This is mental. Do you wear a sign? Who gives a shit! How many straight actors they got? Any clashes? I heard Schwarzenegger wasn’t actually a cyborg from the future but they gave him the part anyway. Christ, it’s literally pretending to be somebody you’re not. Sorry pal.
— 🇺🇦Matthew Lewis🇺🇦 (@Mattdavelewis) March 10, 2018
After Segal’s tweet went viral, he heard back from the agency, which had an apology.
Segal today reported that the agency has shut down following the incident, and it was not even properly licensed in the first place.