Despite playing a gay character on television, Billy Crystal is still uncomfortable with overtly gay content on television.
At a panel for the Television Critics Association on Sunday, Crystal said: “Sometimes I think, 'Ah that’s too much for me.’
"Sometimes, it’s just pushing it a little too far for my taste and I’m not going to reveal to you which ones they are,” he said, according to the Independent. “I hope people don't abuse it and shove it in our face to the point where it feels like an every-day kind of thing.”
Crystal was one of the first actors to play a gay man on television. His character, Jodie Dallas, was unambiguously gay in ABC’s “Soap” from 1977-1981.
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ET Canada reported that Crystal added he was often angered by the audience’s reaction to his character’s sexuality. "I did it in front of a live audience," Crystal recalled, "and there were times where I would say to [the actor who played his boyfriend], 'Bob, “I love you,' and the audience would laugh nervously, because, you know, it’s a long time ago, that I’d feel this anger.
“I wanted to stop the tape and go, 'What is your problem?' Because it made you sort of very self-conscious about what we were trying to do then,” he said.
The LGBT community has become more visible in the media in recent times. Amazon’s new series, “Transparent”, which deals with coming out as transgender later in life, recently won two Golden Globes. The series won Best TV Comedy and Jeffrey Tambor, the lead, won Best Actor.