Fans and the creator of the Netflix series ‘Heartstopper’ are rallying behind series star Kit Connor after the actor shared he was ‘forced’ to come out as bisexual.
The 18-year-old actor made a rare appearance on Twitter on Monday, writing, “Back a minute. I am bisexual. Congratulations on forcing an 18-year-old out of it. I think some of you missed the point of the show. Goodbye.”
Although Connor didn’t elaborate on why he felt compelled to come out, some recently accused the actor of “queerbaiting” on social media. The controversy began after photos were published of him holding hands with Maia Reficco, his co-star in “A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow.”
In “Heartstopper”, Connor plays Nick Nelson, a popular rugby player who befriends Joe Locke’s Charlie Spring; the two develop a romantic relationship.
Alice Oseman, the creator, writer and showrunner of “Heartstopper”, immediately shared her support for Connor in a reply to his tweet.
“I really don’t understand how people can watch ‘Heartstopper’ and then happily spend their time speculating about sexualities and judging based on stereotypes,” Oseman wrote. “I hope all these people are embarrassed like FUCK. Kit, you are amazing.
In interviews with VarietyOseman, Connor and star Joe Locke all talked about what they hope the Netflix series, which began production on season 2 in September, can mean for young gay men.
“If ‘Heartstopper’ helps a young queer person in coming out, or if it helps a parent to better understand their child, it’s the most beautiful and heartwarming thing you can hear and it gives the feel like it’s all worth it,” Oseman said.
Connor added, “To have a show where you see queer people being happy and being together and united as a group, I think there’s something really beautiful about it. I think shows like ” Euphoria” which are very weird are still very adult in a lot of ways because they’re very dark and gritty. I think it’s really important to have a show that just portrays queer love and queer beauty.
See fan support for Connor below.
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