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GQ Australia forced to apologize for Taylor Lautner gay question

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Twilight star Taylor Lautner currently graces the cover of the October/November issue of GQ Australia (where men learn what suit most flatters their crocodile-tooth necklace, I believe), and in his interview, Lautner was asked about a July dinner meeting he had with director Gus Van Sant and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black. 

The reporter asked Lautner (who's currently starring in John Singleton's Abduction) if either Van Sant or Black, who are both openly gay, had made a pass at the Tiger Beat deity. Lautner responded, "No, definitely not. I think they know I'm straight." The question caused a bit of a kerfuffle, and GQ Australia ended up apologizing on their Facebook page, writing, "It certainly wasn't our intention to paint anyone in the story as a sexual predator. The point we were actually trying to push was that Taylor is irresistible to virtually everyone — regardless of sexuality or gender."

The magazine was especially motivated to show contrition after Black, who won an Oscar for his screenplay for Van Sant's Milk, wrote on his blog:

"Really Mr. GQ writer? I'm curious, will you be asking all of the handsome actors I've ever had the privilege of working with or meeting if I made passes at them as well? I'd love to be there when you ask Sean Penn that same question. Or, Mr GQ writer, were you projecting your own unprofessional desires onto me and Gus? Would you have asked this same question if it were Diablo Cody and Kathryn Bigelow at dinner with Mr. Lautner? Leaning on lies, myths, and stereotypes about gay people is hateful, harmful and outdated."

I get Black's point, but even if they had made a pass at Lautner, (since homosexuality's a choice, according to Herman Cain) he could have just chose to politely rebuff the advances, no harm, no foul. But if Diablo Cody and Kathryn Bigelow were to hypothetically dine together, who knows what might happen, since more than half of women are apparently bi-curious.