Package Connor is greatest identified for enjoying Nick within the LGBTQ+ Netflix rom-com “Heartstopper,” which follows teenagers as they navigate their method by way of college, their emotions, and their sexualities. Whereas the collection itself spotlights LGBTQ+ characters in a fantastically genuine method — giving lots of them ample area to come back out in their very own time — the compassionate messaging behind the present seems to have been misplaced on many, as evidenced by Connor’s latest put up.
The “Rocketman” star wrote a tweet late on 31 Oct. asserting that he’s bisexual, however he added that he felt pressured to come back out after being harassed by followers. The actor wrote, “again for a minute. i am bi. congrats for forcing an 18 12 months outdated to out himself. i feel a few of you missed the purpose of the present. bye”.
Moments after Connor’s tweet, supportive feedback flooded his timeline, each with love for the star and anger on the circumstances below which he felt he needed to make the announcement. “Heartstopper” author Alice Oseman responded by tweeting, “I really do not perceive how folks can watch Heartstopper after which gleefully spend their time speculating about sexualities and judging based mostly on stereotypes. I hope all these individuals are embarrassed as FUCK. Package you might be superb 💖”.
Joe Locke, his “Heartstopper” castmate who performs Charlie, replied by tweeting, “You owe nothing to anybody. I am so pleased with you my good friend 💕”. Kizzy Edgell, who performs Darcy Olsson, tweeted, “love u package im sorry this has been so disgustingly tough on you. been handled so unfairly”, whereas costar Sebastian Croft, who performs Ben Hope, wrote, “Package Connor, the world would not deserve you. Love you my good friend ❤️”.
The toxicity that prompted Connor’s tweet was largely on account of him being accused of queerbaiting by followers following footage of him holding fingers together with his costar in “A Cuban Woman’s Information to Tea and Tomorrow”, queer actress Maia Reficco. Attributable to troubling feedback directed on the actor, he’d come off Twitter in September, writing “It is a foolish foolish app. bit bored of it now, deleting twitter :)”, but made a fleeting return to set the file straight.
Connor had additionally beforehand spoken about pointless hypothesis surrounding his sexuality and his unease at being labelled. “To start out type of speculating about our sexualities and perhaps pressuring us to come back out when perhaps we’re not prepared. For me, I simply really feel completely assured and cozy with my sexuality,” he mentioned on the Reign With Josh Smith podcast in Could. “However I do not really feel the necessity to actually, you recognize – I am not too large on labels and issues like that. I am not large about that.”
Many followers had been fast to answer Connor’s tweet and voice their frustration. “Studying tweets like that is heartbreaking . . . particularly when Heartstopper taught so many individuals around the globe the true worth of somebody’s private popping out story. I am so sorry you had this second taken away from you Package, however let’s hope folks will study from it!”, one wrote. One other tweeted, “I am so upset on this fandom.”
Connor himself summed up the weird phenomenon of judging, labelling, and making unwarranted theories of these within the public eye. “It feels a bit unusual to make assumptions about an individual’s sexuality simply based mostly on listening to their voice or seeing their look. I really feel like that is a really fascinating, barely problematic type of assumption to make,” he mentioned.
But once more, we’re reminded that celebrities are human too; followers aren’t entitled to every part. Nobody ought to really feel pressured to publicly announce their sexuality earlier than they’re snug in doing or saying so — particularly a youngster. We’re sending love and assist to Connor.