YouTube Star "Fred" Comes Out, Because This Has Been the Most Adorable Week for Coming Out
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YouTube Star "Fred" Comes Out, Because This Has Been the Most Adorable Week for Coming Out

By Courtney Enlow | Celebrities Are Better than You | August 22, 2013 | Comments ()


So, there’s this YouTube boy named Lucas Cruikshank, he plays a character called Fred Figglehorn and he has a Nickelodeon show, it’s a lot of sounds and noises, whatever, I’m old. I never had to really think of him because as I’m 28 and my kid is 15 months, I’m both too old and too young to know about him, but I know he exists and that’s fine.

But, now, I’m invested. Because, aw.

The 19-year-old, in a Q&A video with his friend who’s from a Disney show I saw once and totally thought she had a terrible fake accent, but apparently it’s real, came out as gay. And he did it in the cutest way. He’s so sweet about it. I may have properly squeed.

This is a big, cool deal. This is a popular teen actor, with tons of young, impressionable fans, frequently bombarded with the “are you gay?” question, and he answered it honestly, like it was nothing. How fucking rare and special is that? And to have a current Disney star sitting beside him, also like it’s no big deal, just there as his friend, that’s great. No evasion, no deer in the headlights, no lies, no showmance with iCarly. It’s really great.

It shouldn’t be a big deal, and it’s not a big deal, and by not being a big deal, it’s a really big deal.

I know that didn’t make a lot of sense, but between this and Wentworth Miller’s spectacularly eloquent letter, my heart is too warm and I think it’s seeping to my brain. Good for you, Lucas.

Those Fred videos are still just sounds and noises.

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  • e jerry powell

    And somewhere in Teabagistan, Bryan Fischer is about to pop a cranial aneurysm.

  • I think 'Youtube star' is the most oxymoronic phrase I've run across in a long damn time. It's right up there with 'important Facebook profile' or 'must-read Twitter account.'

  • googergieger

    And just like that I'm back in. In fact, bring on the pussy. Ladies?

  • googergieger

    Still called that right? Been forever(or ever) since I've been familiar with the thing.

  • Luke Lane

    Troye Sivan had the sweetest coming out on youtube, screw this Fred kid....

  • the other courtney

    Yesterday, 4 pm.

    Husband: "That Fred guy came out"
    Me: "Who?"
    Husband: "You know, Fred, with the voice - the blond kid"
    Me: "Oh, Marvin Marvin"
    My kids were in the room, one of them asked, "What about Marvin?"
    Me: "He's gay"
    Kid 1: [pause] "So? I mean, does he have a new show or something?"

    Pretty insignificant exchange, and not not insignificant at all. I think that's the whole point.

  • stella

    Your kid sounds really cool.

  • Maguita NYC

    It is mostly because of good parenting. Job well done @50054b349d2dd5263ba4f905a220ddfd:disqus.

  • NoPantsMcLane

    Gay or not, he's still the most annoying person i have ever seen.

  • DeltaJuliet

    Yeah, when I saw his face I thought "ugh. that guy."

  • pissant

    Fred is gay?!?! What a blindside, really. First Lance Bass, now this guy...

  • Jifaner

    My kids like the Fred show and movies and I find them to be unbearably irritating. THIS, however, is fantastic. I'm not surprised by it at all, but it's still nice to see.

  • RipCity

    why is it fantastic? Kudos for coming out and all that but if he came out and said he was straight no one would raise an eyebrow. It shouldn't make any difference at all if he's straight gay bi whatever

  • RobynRobotron

    It makes a difference because LGBTQ kids still don't feel accepted at home all over the world and every person who is in the spotlight who comes out makes them feel a little less alone. It would be great if those kids didn't need it, but they do.

  • Jifaner

    It's always fantastic when someone is happy and comfortable being exactly who they are. Mostly however, I meant that the video was fantastic. It was sweet and funny and I liked it, unlike his screeching Fred stuff.

  • simplysarah

    I can not stand his character "Fred". My boys subjected me to watching Fred: The Movie. It was horrific. Having said that, good for him.

  • Drake

    Just 5 minutes of his unbelievably annoying show pegged my gaydar, then burned it out, so not a big surprise. But I'm glad he came out and that video was cute.

  • Ruthie O

    Chelsea Manning coming out as a transgender woman is another big coming out story. Her identity as a trans* woman wasn't a secret for the LGBT community, but she was finally able to announce her transition once the trial finished. Unfortunately, her story doesn't give me the same warm fuzzies as this video gives me; I don't know if a military prison will be accepting and supportive of her medical and emotional needs as an out trans* woman.

  • pnnylne

    I'm glad he was comfortable enough to come out, but I still think that Fred character is the one of worse things to happen to television. He is so effing annoying.

  • sjfromsj

    I loved the videos, and as soon as a I saw a straight-to-DVD movie, I was instantly uninterested anymore. I cannot stand the shtick for longer than 3 minutes. No idea how it can sustain an entire movie.

  • Meli_V

    Right there with you! My daughter use to watch his videos back when he was starting out on YouTube and it was one of the few things she shared with me that I couldn't enjoy with her, he was too annoying.

  • My son made me watch the movie, it was the worst! I gave it a shot for my son's sake, but it was just too much awful.

  • Drake


  • Joe Grunenwald

    I don't know who either of those people are, but this video is pretty enjoyable. Also, good for that kid.

  • Maguita NYC

    This is truly amazing. I love this so much, and I want more of people in the public's eye to come out.

    This boy is a normal young adult, funny, cute, lovable to his friends and family with hopefully a great future and career ahead of him. This boy is just a boy.

  • NateMan

    And here's hoping he can stay that way for as long as possible!

  • Maguita NYC

    The joy on his face and super cuteness warms my heart. I don't want it besmirched by anything, or anyone's stupid lack of tolerance ever.

  • Maguita NYC

    ^^ I am REALLY curious about the homophobic twit (or twat?) who downvoted this as well as the other positive and warm comments. Would so much love it if we could see the "person" behind it.

  • Muhnah_Muhnah

    I don't know who he is, but I'm glad that he feels free to be open. Hopefully in about 20 (or 100) more years, nobody will be asking that question or feel the need to "come out".

  • Between learning today that Wentworth Miller is 41 and Lucas Cruikshank is 19, I have decided that I am impeccably shitty at guessing anyone's age.

  • Jiffylush

    I looked really good for my age until I read this comment :|

  • Paige Record-Needlescratch

    I know! The ages of them both were bigger surprises to me than their sexuality.

  • Jen

    People didn't know he was gay before? That's pretty shocking.

  • Samantha Klein

    Wow, that is a seriously annoying voice.

    Yeah, that's all I've got.

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