Disney Actor Claps Back At Troll For Anti-Gay Hate

Earlier this month, Instinct reported that, for the first time, a Disney character had said the words, “I’m gay.”

The moment took place during an episode of the popular Disney Channel series, Andi Mack, when one of the lead characters (Cyrus played by Joshua Rush) came out to his former crush.



The series, Disney’s first to feature a coming out story, has won widespread acclaim and been honored at the GLAAD Media Awards for ‘Outstanding Kids and Family Programming.

This being 2019, however, we do still have to deal with the trolls and haters on social media who can’t stop themselves from bringing darkness to light.

One user criticized the storyline, tweeting to Rush, Disney and the series’ Twitter accounts, “I am very disappointed in the way this show has been directed there are some very good messages through this show for it’s young audience, but introducing gays is a very poor example to the young adults watching this show. Poor choice Disney.”



Rush didn’t hesitate in clapping back at the troll.

“I’m sorry you feel that way,” wrote the 17-year-old actor. “Here's the thing though: gay kids are gonna exist no matter whether you like it or not. And we need to support and love all kids in every way we can.” 

“So when someone realizes they are gay, I want them to identify with something so they're not alone,” he added.



Rush also shared a screen capture of the hater’s tweet, which had been deleted, telling the troll, “The internet is forever, you can’t delete a tweet and expect it to be gone lol.”

He added, “It’s fine to have your opinion but we’re just trying to explain how an opinion like that – one that supports LGBTQ+ kids not having a voice – can be really damaging.”


Rush’s calm, thoughtful responses were immediately flooded with support and love by his fans.

And the crowd goes wild!!! Yay!!!



(h/t Teen Vogue)

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