Actor Ryan Phillippe raised some eyebrows over the holiday weekend when he posted a photo with his friend Matt Sinn looking comfy and cozy by the Christmas tree with the caption “Merry Christmas from our house to yours.”
It was apparently a ‘joke’ or ‘spoof’ on being gay/coming out.
Sinn seemed to egg the joke on sharing another pic of the two on his Instagram Story with the caption, “He love me.” But then, he returned to clarify that Phillippe “didn’t come out” as he shared a photo of “the girlfriends” snapped in the same pose and the guys.
It’s not unreasonable for people to believe there was something behind the post as the holidays are a popular time for some LGBTQ peeps to come out or share romantic partners for the first time.
Plus, it’s worth noting that the original caption also included an emoji of two guys holding hands. So it’s pretty clear there was some kind of “gay ha-ha” in mind when he posted the pic. It appears when the joke went awry, Phillippe removed the emoji.
But Phillippe returned to his own post responding to the reactions writing, “people r so dumb.”
Some followers commented that joking about being gay and then ‘proving’ you’re not by posting a pic of the girlfriends is kinda homophobic.
One Instagram user wrote, “Why would you say that? You post a pic of you and another dude cozy and that caption..what are people supposed to think?”
“Do you know how many lgbt people are not allowed to go home on Christmas?” added another commenter. “How many are disowned by their family? How many commit suicide every year? How many are homeless? Christmas can be one of the most difficult times for LGBT people and you make a joke about being gay. You can completely frack off. I hope your children will never face the horror that some of us have.”
It wasn’t just a few people that didn’t get the ‘joke.’ Some folks really thought Phillippe had come out, others thought it was not cute.
Did Ryan Phillippe just come out on his Instagram or am I tripping? pic.twitter.com/HutfxC9KuD
— TJ Thats Who I Be (@Itsjustteajay26) December 26, 2021
yeah, i’m just gonna ignore the follow-up and pretend ryan phillippe came out with his cute boyfriend on christmas happy holidays to me
— Vinny 🏳️🌈 (@queeredupguy) December 27, 2021
— M¡chael Self (@NoteFromSELF) December 26, 2021
Hey @RyanPhillippe, I'm not really sure what's going on here, but if it's real, Congrats, if we're making assumptions, I apologized, but if this is some kind of joke, that's really f***** up. pic.twitter.com/0evIChdrPk
— Ron Foster (@RonBF) December 26, 2021