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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Beatty on the spot

The following item appeared on Page Six of the NY Post this morning:

Annette Bening has a secret

What does Annette Bening have to hide?

Reporters at the Deauville Film Festival in France -- where Bening was promoting "The Kids Are All Right," the movie in which she plays a lesbian mother -- were shocked when organizers warned them not to ask the actress any questions about her family, and specifically about her husband, Warren Beatty.

"The blackout immediately amped up speculation by the press corps of an impending split," said one journalist.

Beatty has been notably absent as Bening has traveled the world promoting her latest film, which features a steamy Sapphic sex scene with Julianne Moore. The couple has barely been seen together except for a sighting at the Ago restaurant in LA on Aug. 7.

Annette Bening and Warren Beatty
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Annette Bening and Warren Beatty

The National Enquirer reported last month that Bening and Beatty are fighting and finger-pointing over their daughter, Kathlyn, 18, and her plans to have gender-reassignment surgery.

Kathlyn, the eldest of four kids, allegedly has been living as a man for two years under the name Stephen Ira, and is now in college awaiting sex-change operations. The Enquirer reports Bening has agreed to pay for the surgery.

"Annette accepts that Kathlyn wants to surgically become a man, while Warren is still trying to come to terms with it," a source allegedly told the weekly...

This situation puts Warren Beatty in a bind. As one of Hollywood's most prominent and outspoken liberals, he should theoretically be a supporter of gay and transgender rights. But according to this report, he seems to be less than enthusiastic about his daughter's impending transformation.

It's certainly understandable that any parent would be upset if their child announced a desire to under go sex reassignment surgery. It's a complicated, risky procedure that is testimony to a certain maladjustment and unhappiness, and also means no biological grandchildren for the parents. Still, the fact that this situation has been upsetting enough to strain this famously liberal union does give off a faint whiff of hypocrisy.

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