Fans and producers of the Netflix series “Heartstopper” are rallying around 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: “Come back for a minute. I am bi. Kudos to the 18 year old for forcing himself out. I think some of you are missing the point of the show. Bye.”
While Connor has not explained why he felt compelled to come out, some have recently taken to social media to accuse the actor of “queerbaiting”. The controversy began after photos of him holding hands with his co-star Maia Refico from “A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow” surfaced.
In “Heartstopper” Connor plays Nick Nelson, a popular rugby player who befriends Joe Locke’s Charlie Spring; A love affair develops between the two.
“Heartstopper” creator, writer and showrunner, Alice Osman, immediately shared her support for Connor. Reply to his tweet.
“I really don’t understand how people can watch ‘Heartstopper’ and then happily spend their time speculating about sexuality and judging based on stereotypes,” Osseman wrote. “I hope all those people are embarrassed as FUCK. Kit you are amazing. ”
In interviews with DiversityOseman, Connor and star Joe Lock all spoke about what the Netflix series, which began production on Season 2 in September, could mean for young queer people.
“If ‘Heartstopper’ helps a young queer on their coming out journey, or helps a parent understand their child a little better, it’s the most beautiful and touching thing you’ll ever hear, and it’s all worth it. Will.” Oseman said.
Connor continued, “To see a show where you see queer people happy and together and together as a group, I think there’s something really beautiful about that. I think shows like ‘Euphoria’ that are very weird are still mature in a lot of ways because they’re so dark and gritty. I think it’s really important to have a show that just portrays extraordinary love and extraordinary beauty. ”
Check out the fan support for Connor below.