“Modern Family” star Ariel Winter is currently making headlines for a passionate open letter she published on Twitter criticizing Vine star Nash Grier for homophobic comments he made in a popular video. Winter has become an outspoken advocate of various causes, from LGBTQ rights to positive body image, and is once again receiving praise for calling out industry injustices.
“You and I are fortunate enough to have access to television, the Internet, magazines, etc. that daily stress to us the importance of social and racial tolerance,” she wrote. “I remember seeing this stuff way before I was 14. When we were 14, teenagers were committing suicide from comments like yours.”
Click the link below to read all of Winter’s letter and Grier’s rebuttal. More stories making the rounds can also be found below.
Back in 2013, Vine star Nash Grier posted a clip where he used a gay slur in response to an ad for a HIV test that said getting tested “is not a gay thing.” Modern Family Ariel Winter reminded the world of this is in a tweet over the weekend when she took advantage of a relevant hashtag: “#FavNashVid that one time when he was just super homophobic and ignorant? #whydoyouhavefans.” – Ariana Bacle, Entertainment Weekly
A television show inspired by the life of Dan Savage encountered a snafu when it sought to cast a gay actor for the part of a gay teen. Todd Holland, a producer of “The Real O’Neals,” was alarmed to learn that he is prohibited from asking actors about their sexual orientation. As the Associated Press notes, such a practice is forbidden by a California law meant to protect gay, lesbian, and bisexual actors — as well as straight ones — from employment discrimination based on their orientation. – Daniel Reynolds, Advocate
The ‘Carol’ Curse: Why Hollywood Still Can’t Take a Lesbian Love Story Seriously
Two of 2015’s most acclaimed films couldn’t be more different. One tells the story of two women in the 1950s whose love affair changes both of their lives. The other tells the story of a man braving endless disturbing elements in nature in order to track down and kill the man who killed his son. On a surface level, the doors to these movie theaters could basically be respectively labeled with those retrogressive bathroom “Women” and “Men” signs. “Carol” promises longing glances, slowly sipped martinis, a shoulder peaking out of a loosely-wrapped robe. “The Revenant” promises bears! Blood! Leo DiCaprio eating a live fish with his teeth! Certainly, we can all agree he could have used one of Carol Aird’s martinis. – Rebekah Allen, SheWired