Fans and creators of the Netflix series “Heartstopper” are rallying around series star Kit Connor after the actor revealed he was “forced” to come out as bisexual.
The 18-year-old actor made a rare appearance on Twitter on Monday, writing: “Back for a minute. I’m two. Congrats on forcing an 18-year-old to out himself. I think some of you has left the show’s perspective. Goodbye.”
While Connor didn’t clarify why he felt compelled to come out, some have recently accused the actor of “queerbaiting” on social media. The controversy started when he was photographed holding hands with his co-star Maia Reficco in “A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow.”
In “Heartstopper,” Connor played Nick Nelson, a popular rugby player who befriends Joe Locke’s Charlie Spring. A romantic relationship develops between the two.
“Heartstopper” creator, writer and showrunner Alice Osman was quick to share her support for Connor. A reply to his tweet.
“I really don’t understand how people can watch ‘Heartstopper’ and then happily spend their time making judgments based on assumptions and stereotypes about sexuality,” Osman wrote. “I hope all those guys are embarrassed as FUCK. Kit you are amazing.”
In interviews with VarietyOseman, Connor and star Joe Loke all talked about what they hope the Netflix series, which began production on Season 2 in September, can mean to young people.
“If ‘Heartstopper’ helps a young person on their coming out journey, or if it helps a parent understand their child a little better, that’s the sweetest and heartwarming thing to do.” You can listen and it feels like it’s all worth it,” Osman said.
Connor added, “To do a show where you see people being happy and united with each other and as a group, I think there’s something really beautiful about that. I think Shows like ‘Euphoria,’ which are very weird, are still adult in a lot of ways because they’re so deep and gritty. I think it’s really important to do a show that’s just about weird love and weird beauty. .
Check out the fan support for Connor below.