Ask anyone who was a tween/teen in the ’90s, and they’re going to be able to tell you who Johnathan Taylor Thomas was (and presumably still is.) He was the Teen Beat poster boy for the early-to-mid ’90s and frankly, I never thought he was all that much of a big deal. His floppy hair and his non-threatening boy next door looks maybe made him the King of Tiger Beat, but whatever. He was fine, but he was also really boring.
You know who wasn’t? Ethan Embry.
All JTT had was Home Improvement, and the minute that went off the air, it was over. No teen classic comedies in his repertoire. No sir.
You know who starred in multiple teen classic comedies?!
Whether That Thing You Do is a teen classic is debatable, but he was in that too! You know who wasn’t? JTT.
All I can tell you is that I had a picture of Ethan Embry (and I think it was Charisma Carpenter) in a Canadian tuxedo hanging on my walls in 1996, that I ripped out of the pages of Seventeen magazine. I did not have any JTT posters hanging on my walls at any point in my young adolescence (nor now, as a woman in my 30s.) That should tell you everything you need to know about the entire situation.
So yeah, this hot take make be 25 years too late (or 25 years in the making, if you ask me) but it’s time to give Ethan Embry his due and collectively roar into the void “f*ck off JTT. Ethan Embry was the better ’90s teen idol.”
Or you know, we don’t have to do that, it might hurt JTT’s feelings, but it’s a wrong in the world that needs to be righted, so that starts today.
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