Earlier today, Wentworth Miller released a statement, declining an invitation to the St. Petersburg International Film Festival:
Thank you for your kind invitation. As someone who has enjoyed visiting Russia in the past and can also claim a degree of Russian ancestry, it would make me happy to say yes.
However, as a 41-year-old man with a profound sense of what is morally right, I must decline. I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government. The situation is in no way acceptable, and I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where gay people are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly.
Perhaps, when and if circumstances improve, I’ll be free to make a different choice.
GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz released a follow-up statement praising Miller’s announcement.
“Wentworth’ is 41? The guy from Prison Break? Get the f*ck out of here! That guy is not a day over 35. Have you seen his complexion? JESUS CHRIST, what I wouldn’t give for his skin. What’d you say? He wrote Chan-wook Park’s Stoker? Nooooooo. That was a f**king good movie! This is insane. Wentworth Miller is 41 and wrote a great film? Are you sure we’re talking about the same guy? My mind is totally blown. “