“Teen Wolf” star Tyler Posey apologized to fans after posting a coming out video on Snapchat that he later said was meant as a joke.
In the video, Posey, 24, stood in front of a sign that read “Gay St.” Posey is heard saying “This is me. I am this and this is me. I’ve never felt more alive” before turning the camera on himself and yelling “I’m gay.”
Fans and members of the LGBT community took the comment seriously and congratulated Posey on coming out. The actor later said the Snapchat video was a joke and not meant to cause any harm.
Not everyone found the joke funny.
“You can help us by not turning our identity into a joke you can help us by donating your money to LGBT folks in need,” one person tweeted.
“It’s the ultimate form of straight privilege to be able to fake being gay as a ‘joke.’ People are harassed and killed for being themselves. Pretending to come out is harmful and blatantly disrespectful of all of the people who don’t have the luxury to come out to a safe and supportive family or who have come out and been murdered for it,” another person wrote on Tumblr.
Posey apologized on Twitter for the video.
“I am a big proponent of love over hate, and standing together during divisive times,” Posey tweeted. “Although I’m not gay, I fully support the LGBTQ community. This was a moment intended to reflect that. And everyone, I am truly sorry to the people I’ve offended or lessened how big coming out is. I just want to spread love in this world.”
did tyler posey just come out on snapchat because this is what i call living pic.twitter.com/azfbzkH6dJ
— ri ㅤ (@softshum) July 29, 2016