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.