Why Is Daniel Craig Going To Gay Bars?

The James Bond actor has caused controversy by claiming he had an 'ulterior motive' for choosing gay bars

Daniel Craig

by Aaliyah Harry |

Daniel Craig recently revealed that he prefers to go to gay bars because he can avoid 'the aggressive d***-swinging in hetero bars.' The No Time to Die actor was featured on the Lunch with Bruce podcast on SiriusXM and revealed that he started going to gay bars when he was young because he wanted to avoid getting 'in a punch-up' during a night out, which would happen 'quite a lot' at straight bars.

He continued, 'I’ve been going to gay bars for as long as I can remember. One of the reasons is because I don’t get into fights in gay bars that often.' Craig recalled, 'As a kid, because it was like... ‘I don’t want to end up [being] in a punch-up.’ And I did. That would happen quite a lot.' He told host Bruce.. said that gay bars are a good place to go. ' Everybody was chill, everybody. You didn’t really have to sort of state your sexuality. It was okay. And it was a very safe place to be.'

Craig and Bruce reflected on a moment when they got 'caught' at a gay bar called Roosterfish in Venice Beach. Craig described it as 'no big deal,' but his presence obviously brought a lot of media interest. He explained, 'The irony is, you know, we kind of got caught, I suppose, which was kind of weird because we were doing nothing fucking wrong,' Daniel said, 'What happened is we were having a nice night and I kind of was talking to you about my life when my life was changing and we got drunk and I was like, ‘Oh, let’s just go to a bar, come on, let’s fucking go out.’ And I just was like, ‘I don’t give a fuck, and we’re in Venice.'

Daniel, who is married to actress Rachel Weisz, also admitted there were added benefits to being a man who was attracted to women in a gay bar. He said, 'I could meet girls there because a lot of girls were there for exactly the same reason I was there. So I was, there was kind of, you know, there was an ulterior motive.'

Many social media users have responded that queer spaces should be reserved for members of the LGBTQ+ community, and that keeping such spaces sacred for queer people is about protecting the safety of the community. Indeed, we hear that Craig explains that being in gay spaces make him feel safe - but has he ever thought about whether his comfort comes at their expense? What he is forgetting is that for many these are the only spaces they can go to feel free and accepted.

Going to these spaces with a known 'ulterior motive' - to meet girls as a straight man - feels deeply problematic. These spaces represent so much for the LGBTQ+ community, and you are undermining them if they are simply used as a place to pick up girls.

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