This weekend, at a National Student Pride event in England, McKellen was asked what he thought of sexual misconduct claims against Singer and frequent collaborator Kevin Spacey:
"Both of them were in the closet and hence all their problems as people and their relationship with other people. "If they had been able to be open about themselves and their desires, they wouldn’t have started abusing people in the way they’ve been accused."
Asked if Singer and Spacey should be completely blacklisted from working in the entertainment industry, McKellen is unsure"
"I rather think that’s up to the public. Do you want to see someone that’s been accused of something that you don’t approve of? Do you ever want to see them again?" "If the answer is no, you won’t buy a ticket, you won’t turn on the television. But there may be others for whom that’s not a consideration, and it’s difficult to be exactly black and white."