Heartstopper Heartache

This is becoming a habit – just as we’re about to put this column to bed, we get word about the untimely death of yet another celebrity.  File this one under surprised/not surprised – Aaron Carter.  To look at the positive side, it’s kind of a miracle he made it to 34.  As someone who met him a handful of times, I can tell you he was really lovely – but tormented by his demons.  From what we know, he was found unresponsive in his bathtub by the house sitter.  What is it about addicts and bathtubs?  Let this be a cautionary tale, kids – stick to showers!  Rest in peace, Aaron.

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The big story of the week was about Kit Connor – who plays a rugby player who is in a relationship with another boy on Heartstopper.  Back in May, he got fed up with social media comments and Tweeted, “Some people on here know my sexuality better than I do.”  He went radio silent until last week, when he made the following proclamation: “back for a minute.  i’m bi.  congrats for forcing an 18 year old to out himself.  i think some of you missed the point of the show.  bye.”  My first question – forced?  Don’t look at me – I haven’t forced an 18-year-old boy to do anything since I was 16!  It appears that the online comments got really nasty after Kit was photographed holding hands with his female co-star from the film A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow.  People were outraged that he might be straight.  Oh, the horror!  Look, people – where do you think gay babies come from?  Straight parents.  If Kit can help populate the world with hot young boys, I’m all for it!  Frankly, I think the culprits are all the folks insisting that gays play gays, and straights play straights.  If someone holding hands with a girl is gonna trigger you – you have serious problems.

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