Tyler Posey made waves on Friday night when Snapchat users discovered a post from the actor that suggested he had come out as gay.
On Saturday morning, the “Teen Wolf” star set the record straight, so to speak, calling what was clearly a joke merely a gesture of support for the gay community.
“Although I’m not gay, I fully support the LGBTQ community. This was a moment intended to reflect that,” Posey wrote on Twitter.
What exactly was this monumental Snapchat gesture? It was Posey recording a street sign labelled “Gay Street,” then posing beneath it and shouting in his best stage voice, “I’ve never felt more alive. I’m gay.”
Fans of his supernatural teen drama (which has been widely accused of “gay baiting,” or exploiting its queer male audience) were not impressed with his goof on coming out — especially in a climate where the act is still rattled with anxiety, and even more so for young men in Hollywood.
Like Posey’s own “Teen Wolf” costar Charlie Carver, who came out in a harrowing five-part Instagram post in January, where he opened up about the crisis he suffered having to hide his identity in show business.
Twitter responded in bunt and hilarious ways.
“I ain’t mad that Tyler Posey isn’t gay it’s just ugly to joke about coming out when it’s a big part of the LGBTQ+ community and our lives,” wrote @purposeholy.
Read some of the best responses to Posey’s stunt:
the thing is tyler posey made a mockery of coming out wether he meant to or not he did; people were offended they have a right to be lol
— gabriel (@troyeselena) July 30, 2016
tbh tyler posey joking about coming out barely a month after the pulse nightclub shooting is exactly what straight privilege is
— jay (@rehmuslupin) July 30, 2016
So… Tyler Posey's Snapchat was merely a joke. pic.twitter.com/1XBpGyS8Lp
— Ira Madison III (@ira) July 30, 2016
When I found out Tyler Posey was gay vs when I found out it was a joke pic.twitter.com/2FuKRSHVao
— aaronhoff (@aaronhoff) July 30, 2016
@tylergposey Bruh, how are you going to do something insensitive and then say it was a reflection of your support for the LGBT community?
— Jenna O'Toole (@jl_tooley) July 30, 2016
I ain't mad that Tyler Posey isn't gay it's just ugly to joke about coming out when it's a big part of the LGBTQ+ community and our lives
— joel (@purposehoIy) July 29, 2016
@tylergposey "support" generally doesn't include mocking a group that is still actively killed for being LGBT
— katie tbh (@soundfanatic_) July 30, 2016