Guardian mistakenly outs Patrick “Picard” Stewart as gay – he’s not

The English newspaper, the Guardian, mistakenly outed Sir Patrick Stewart, he of Star Trek: The Next Generation fame (and Shakespeare too), the other day.

Stewart immediately went online to correct the error in the classy manner for which he is known.

I love the fact that he says this is a lot better than the time he woke up to read that he was dead!


I’ve always been a huge Star Trek fan, going back to the original series.  Though I never liked the term “Trekker” – Trekkie was always fine with me. My only Star Trek claim to fame was running into the English actor with the dark brown hair, he was one of the leads in the last Star Trek series (Enterprise), when I was in NYC a few years back. He accused me of having Spock ears hidden away at home :)

I actually got to see Stewart do his one-man Christmas Carol show, at some point (probably in NYC) a few years back.  Was just great.  He’s such a good actor, and a delight as a human being.  We’d gladly take him.   (I wonder if he’d accept a trade?)

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14 Responses to “Guardian mistakenly outs Patrick “Picard” Stewart as gay – he’s not”

  1. gratuitous says:

    Oh yeah? Well, uh, if Patrick Stewart isn’t all gay and stuff, then how come he played a dude named “Karla”? Huh? Don’t have an answer for that, do you smart guy? Didn’t think so.

    Without checking imdb, anybody know what role I’m talking about?

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  3. usagi says:

    You did see this f’-ing awesome video that was making the rounds last year? (Trigger warning: discussion of domestic violence.)
    I’d always liked him, but the last few years he’s just coalesced into a huge ball of awesome.

  4. Naja pallida says:

    They’re both Sirs. :)

  5. Monophylos Fortikos says:


  6. LanceThruster says:

    He’s got such a great sense of humor. His cameo in HBO’s “Extras” was a hoot.

  7. jomicur says:

    I had the chance to meet and interview Patrick Stewart some years ago. He is every bit as warm, sexy and gracious in life as he is onscreen. Naturally I asked him about the gay rumors, and he responded, “I’m straight. But I’m terribly flattered that so many people out there want to believe I’m like them.” Is that classy, or what?

  8. alboy2 says:

    Great, funny article, John. I saw “A Christmas Carol” too, and it had to be one of the greatest nights I have ever spent in the theater. He is an amazing performer, and apparently a pretty swell human being. We need more people like Mr. Stewart, not fewer. (Or is it “less”??)

  9. BeccaM says:

    As far as I’m concerned, Patrick Stewart has long since won the title of The Most Interesting Man in the World.

  10. chris10858 says:

    Mr. Stewart and Sir Ian should remake La Cage Aux Folles but Patrick Stewart should play Albert. He’d be amazing! :)

  11. judybrowni says:

    Back in 1970 I was an exchange student in England when I saw a rad version of The Tempest in Stratford.

    Years later reading the old Playbill, I discovered that it was then Shakespearean actor Patrick Stewart who had played Ariel, naked, dressed in nothing but glow-in-the-dark body paint.

    His fluorescent blue ass was fine, if memory serves.

  12. cole3244 says:

    the voice has spoken take heed.

  13. Silver_Witch says:

    Patrick Stewart is wonderful…..and obviously very dignified. We could trade him for Ms. Lindsey!

    My Star Trek claim to fame was looking at, and then accidentally touching Captain Kirk’s backside…it was quite fab! I am a trekkie/trekker and proud of it! Now where did I put those spock ears.

  14. keirmeister says:

    Stewart is awesome, classy, doesn’t take himself too seriously, and knows how to have fun! I would pay money to hang out with him and his BFF Ian McKellen.

    My “Star Trek” claim to fame was once helping John de Lancie (who played Q) practice his lines for “Art”. He was so nice, and it was great watching a professional go through the process of memorization. I had so much fun I didn’t even think of getting paid for it, but he insisted on giving me whatever was in his wallet.

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