Natasha Lyonne: Embattled Gossip Site Gawker Is a "Real Bore Galore"
Admitting her own wild child past, the actress tells THR: "I'm not surprised they've gotten themselves in a dubious spot."
A version of this story first appeared in the July 31 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
Onetime Gawker target Natasha Lyonne says she's not surprised the gossip site is engulfed in controversy after a gay-shaming post about a married Conde Nast executive hiring a male escort was published, then deleted. (The site also is dealing with a $100 million Hulk Hogan lawsuit and resignations by Gawker Media editor-in-chief Max Read and executive editor Tommy Craggs over removing the post.)
"Gawker is a ridiculous website," Lyonne told THR on the red carpet at the premiere of her Outfest pic Addicted to Fresno, admitting that her mid-2000s wild child-style past made her prime prey. "I've led a salacious life. If Kenneth Anger were around to write books like Hollywood Babylon, I would be included, but he had a real flair, and Gawker is a real bore galore. I'm not surprised they've gotten themselves in a dubious spot."
Dubious is one word for it.
The Jordan Sargent-penned story, posted July 16, was removed a day later, marking the first time the site had taken down a report for such a reason. "It is the first time we have removed a significant news story for any reason other than factual error or legal settlement," founder Nick Denton wrote on July 17 about the situation, adding that the decision included an internal vote by the managing partners of the company.
Denton sent a note to editorial staffers on Monday, admitting that he "was ashamed to have my name and Gawker's associated with a story on the private life of a closeted gay man who some felt had done nothing to warrant the attention."