Anna Paquin in the "We Give a Damn" PSA

Anna Paquin's "bisexual" bomb breaks the Internet

The "True Blood" star makes a surprising admission in a PSA for tolerance, and servers crash accordingly


Mary Elizabeth Williams
April 2, 2010 6:40PM (UTC)

"I'm bisexual." And with two little words, Anna Paquin, adorable Oscar winner, star of "True Blood," and lady who's happily engaged to costar Stephen Moyer, reveals herself in a new PSA for the True Colors Fund's "Give a Damn" campaign -- and damn near busts the Internet.

When the spot debuted yesterday, it wasn't the presence of outspoken gay rights advocates like Elton John and Wanda Sykes that created a stir. As a hastily tossed-up announcement on the organization's site explained: ''Due to the enormous traffic from the many news stories about the Give a Damn Campaign and Anna Paquin identifying as bisexual today, wegiveadamn.org has been overwhelmed. We are back up and running, but you will find things might be a bit slow until we can put a better fix in place. Thank you for giving a damn and visiting the site.'' Note to Ricky Martin -- Paquin just owned you this week in outing.

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The True Colors Fund, which co-founder Cyndi Lauper has been playing for on the current season of "Celebrity Apprentice," promotes outreach across all communities -- making clear the idea that LGBT rights are human rights. Why? Because as Paquin explains, "In this country, a hate crime occurs every hour of every day." Can one celebrity-packed promo open hearts and minds to tolerance? Maybe. But if nothing else, the campaign is proof that a beautiful woman confessing that she goes both ways is a surefire way to get attention for your cause.


Mary Elizabeth Williams

Mary Elizabeth Williams is a staff writer for Salon and the author of "A Series of Catastrophes & Miracles."

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