Never too highbrow not to enjoy a little trashy gossip, Torontoist noticed a minor celebrity firestorm this week when recently beefed-up Canada.com boldly dropped a bomb into another actor’s closet. The report multiplied instantly across celebrity blogs and caused a publicist to quickly respond with what some are calling an “inning.”
The subject was Neil Patrick Harris, who according to the Canada.com report, nepotistically landed a role on TV series How I Met Your Mother for his “long time sweetheart” David Burtka. Harris’s publicist immediately released a statement claiming that the former Doogie Howser, M.D. was “not of that persuasion.” Torontoist assumes that he’s not referring to Harris’s alleged nepotism.
Since receiving such anthropologically fascinating comments to our Lukas Rossi post, Torontoist might, perhaps, maybe have been ever-so-slightly curious to what the message boards had to say.
Commenters on IMDb claimed, “I’d have to erase all my fantasies…his astrology chart is a perfect match for mine,” and “on harold and kumar do white castle he was holding a chicks boobs so i don’t think so.” We wonder if this fan also believes that Harris graduated Princeton at ten to become a doctor at fourteen.
There were the inevitable bible lessons, and one poor dear even brought forth the old chestnut, “but he doesn’t look gay.” Readers of Towleroad and Perez Hilton also anonymously claimed first-hand knowledge, but had little proof other than hearsay.
Torontoist doesn’t particularly care what “persuasion” Neil Patrick Harris is — unless he gives us an exclusive, of course — but we really gotta give props to our pals over at Canada.com for breaking the story if it turns out to be true. Considering that they had pretty good exclusives on Tori Spelling and the Lavigne-Whibley wedding recently, CanWest seems to be stepping-up their tabloid game. At the risk of a beatdown from the diminutive Shinan Govani, we suggest that they hire local blogger Faded Youth for some future scrappy commentary.
For now, we’ll just fan the flames with some sensationalistic, out-of-context photos of Harris and hope that his publicist (or David Burtka’s) calls us to clarify immediatement. We’re also interested in hearing our readers’ thoughts on the outing of public figures, so hit up the comments, folks.
UPDATE: Harris confirmed to People on November 3 that he is “very contently” gay. Defamer covered the original story here and the Toronto Star wrote about the resulting aftermath here.