These Celebrity Clapbacks Against Homophobia Made Us Proud
There’s nothing like witnessing a good celebrity clapback against homophobia in the middle of your daily Twitter doomscrolling.
Truthfully, the Internet can be a cesspool of disappointment and crushed dreams. Celebrities you previously had zero information about, whose work you enjoyed in peace, or whose existence you were generally okay with will just up and say ridiculously bigoted things — when in reality they don’t have to say anything at all. It seems as though every day there is brand-new information coming out from Twitter and Instagram about someone famous saying something racist or homophobic.
On the other hand, sometimes the Internet delivers. For every dumb comment that goes viral, there are a dozen that make us proud. While it can be hard to know which famous people have a problem with our very existence, it also gives us (and their colleagues) a way to hold them accountable for the things they say and promote.
We’ve rounded up some of our favorite celebrity clapback tweets against homophobic bigotry here:
1. The Walking Dead
Hi, hello. If LGBTQ+ characters on television (or anywhere) make you uncomfortable or angry, please unfollow us. While we also encourage you to look within and be more accepting, know that there is no place in our fandom for hateful discrimination or willful ignorance. Thank you.
— The Walking Dead (@TheWalkingDead) January 26, 2021
In response to inclusion of queer characters on The Walking Dead: World Beyond and weird backlash from homophobes, The Walking Dead had this to say: “Hi, hello. If LGBTQ+ characters on television (or anywhere) make you uncomfortable or angry, please unfollow us. While we also encourage you to look within and be more accepting, know that there is no place in our fandom for hateful discrimination or willful ignorance. Thank you.”
👏🏽 👏🏽 👏🏽
2. JoJo Siwa
JoJo Siwa recently came out as queer in the cutest way, and the response so far has been overwhelmingly positive. However, for the rare hateful comment or two, JoJo had only this to say:
icon behavior tbh pic.twitter.com/MLFsrZxbOe
— casey the jester ★ FRAGGLE FEBRUARY (@wembleyswish) January 24, 2021
3. Elliot Page
If you are a famous actor and you belong to an organization that hates a certain group of people, don’t be surprised if someone simply wonders why it’s not addressed. Being anti LGBTQ is wrong, there aren’t two sides. The damage it causes is severe. Full stop. Sending love to all
— Elliot Page (@TheElliotPage) February 9, 2019
“If you are a famous actor and you belong to an organization that hates a certain group of people, don’t be surprised if someone simply wonders why it’s not addressed. Being anti LGBTQ is wrong, there aren’t two sides. The damage it causes is severe. Full stop. Sending love to all.”
Elliot’s tweet from two years ago is still relevant today, as people like Chris Pratt (that’s who the “famous actor” in question here was, after an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) never have to publicly explain bigoted and immoral views.
4. Lil Nas X
damn i look good in that pic on god https://t.co/dIIKzTFa6X
— nope (@LilNasX) January 29, 2020
Personally speaking, I think Lil Nas X is the best thing to happen to music in a long time. Instead of addressing Pastor Troy’s mindless ramblings, the musician opted to tell us some honest truths, stating, “damn i look good in that pic on god”.
5. Paramore’s Hayley Williams
When a former bandmate voiced homophobic BS on Twitter, the alt-rock group’s frontwoman, Hayley Williams, took a solid stance against homophobia. Her tweet went viral due to its genuine, loving support of the LGBTQ community. (Read the full story here.)
there’s a reason there are only 3 people left in @paramore. surprise, haters, it ain’t cause of me.
paramore do not condone religiously/politically dogmatic beliefs which leave our LGBTQ+ friends, fans, & family feeling abandoned and hopeless.
— hayley from Paramore 🥀 (@yelyahwilliams) October 28, 2020
sorry you have yet to realize that every gay person is very necessary https://t.co/xTOEcLWryc
— Netflix (@netflix) May 6, 2020
After this cringey homophobic tweet went viral, Netflix stepped up, writing: “sorry you have yet to realize that every gay person is very necessary”. We’re also happy to note that they weren’t the only ones. Freeform, Twitter TV, and The Walking Dead (good for them!) all had something to say:
— Freeform (@FreeformTV) May 7, 2020
— Twitter TV (@TwitterTV) May 6, 2020
— The Walking Dead (@TheWalkingDead) May 6, 2020
This sort of behavior is essentially expected from brands during Pride Month, when they’re all trying to sell us something, but it’s especially nice to see the rest of the year. And … I think I’m finally going to have to start watching The Walking Dead.
Which stars made you proud to be a fan recently? Did we miss your favorite celebrity clapback against homophobia? Let us know!