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Ian McKellen: Gay Men Are More Masculine Than Straight Men

Ian McKellen
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"Because, guess what? They love other men!"

Sir Ian McKellen, who hasn't publicly given a fuck since the '80s, had some great advice on dealing with homophobic bullies and some even greater thoughts on masculinity.

In a joint interview with noted BFF Sir Patrick Stewart, McKellen reflects on the military men he's played--from Macbeth to Magneto--and reasons that these roles are his own form of revenge on people "who start wars, perpetuate them, and glory in them."

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"'God save our gracious Queen, send her victorious?' I'm sorry. What does that mean?" McKellen said in the London Evening Standard. "If that's what masculinity is then I don't want any part of it at all. I think gay men are more masculine than straight men. Because, guess what? They love other men!"

By that logic, we're all totes masc for masc--yas, kweens!

McKellen, belly laughing and feeling "for Stewart's hand at his side" because they're literally thebest, added, "So when bully boys say: 'Faggot!' you say, 'That's right, I'm with the boys.'"

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Sir Ian FTW.

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