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The Lowdown on 'Outlander' Star Sam Heughan's Buttgate

By Dustin Rowles | Celebrity | January 6, 2020 |

By Dustin Rowles | Celebrity | January 6, 2020 |


Sometimes, there are huge, niche outbreaks in the world of pop culture but it’s all so siloed into the fan communities that the general public often isn’t as privy to it, and we miss out on a lot of controversies, some worth discussion and some not so much. Like this whole Romance Authors insanity — I’m a huge reader, but I had no idea any of that was happening, and in a particular world, it’s a big deal within a particular community.

Likewise, over the weekend, the Outlander fan community was rocked by this video from an annual Wizard World event in New Orleans. A female fan appears to grab Sam Heughan’s ass.

Outlander fans were outraged.

There are scores of these tweets, and ☆ is absolutely right! It’s not OK to grab a dude’s ass, even if you really want to. Thankfully, as seen from another angle, the fan did not actually grab Heughan’s butt. Even still, within a fan community apparently very protective of Heughan, this was still not OK.

Thankfully, before things got out of hand, Sam Heughan himself stepped in to clarify before the fans began ripping each other’s limbs apart about whether it was appropriate to not touch Sam Heughan’s butt.

He also called out EW for the misleading report.

Phew. We can put this one to rest now.


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