Disgraced actor Kevin Spacey shared a third annual Christmas Eve video Thursday that left many wondering whether he knew how to read the room.
“What would Christmas Eve be without a message from me?” he said, kicking off the video in the Southern accent of his former “House of Cards” character, Frank Underwood, as he also did in bizarre holiday videos in 2019 and 2018.
“Listen, a lot of people have reached out to me this past year and have shared their own struggles. And my ability to be there for them has really only been possible because of my own difficulties,” he said, alluding to prior sexual assault allegations leveled against the Oscar-winning actor. Spacey is currently facing a lawsuit from “Star Trek: Discovery” actor Anthony Rapp, 49, and another man, identified as C.D., who accused him of making sexual advances toward them in separate incidents when they were each underage. Rapp said he was 14 when his incident occurred.
Spacey — who in May said he has “empathy” for people who have lost jobs during the coronavirus pandemic — went on to lament not being able to help people who might be struggling with thoughts of suicide during a tumultuous 2020.
“While it’s been a privilege to offer support, I have to say, frankly, it’s also been beyond my abilities and it’s bigger than me,” the grim-faced actor said. “Because, heartbreakingly, so many have talked about things having gotten so bad for them that they contemplated taking their own lives. And that’s enough for me to want to take an entirely different approach this year, to acknowledge their pain.
“To anyone out there who is struggling — or contemplating that idea — please, please do not take that step,” he continued. “If you’re standing in a place that you can no longer remain standing. If you’re suffering, if you need help. If you feel guilt or shame. If you’re struggling with your identity. If your back’s up against the wall. Or if you feel that there is no path for you, whatever your situation, I promise you, there is a path.”
Spacey then gallantly added, “You are not alone,” and used the video to promote suicide and substance abuse hotlines. “So I just want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, a great 2021, and say to all those out there who might be suffering: It gets better. It does get better,” he continued, seemingly co-opting the name of an LGBTQ support group founded by activist and journalist Dan Savage and his husband, Terry Miller.
While he had some supporters — “Keep your chin up, brother! You are missed,” offered one — much of the Twitter feedback was negative.
“Which one of your teen sex slaves told you this was a good idea,” one commenter alleged, while another asked, “Is this your way of trying to win people over?” Someone else suggested, “Maybe you should sit this, and every, day OUT. #YouveDoneEnoughDamage Just sayin’.” One poster confronted Spacey with “literally nobody is asking you to do this,” while another was more direct, writing, “PLEASE F–KING STOP.”
In 2019, Spacey — whose movies include 2007’s “Fred Claus,” 1999’s “American Beauty” and 1995’s “The Usual Suspects” — also resurfaced in Italy to give a poetry reading about a boxer. “The more you are wounded, the greater you are and the more empty you are,” Spacey shared from a poem by Gabriele Tinti.