Love, Simon Actor Keiynan Lonsdale Comes Up with Brand-New Pronoun
The topic of pronouns has become more prevalent in the media now than ever before. Amandla Stenberg opened up about their sexuality and preference for they/them a couple years back, saying:
“I mean they/them makes me feel comfortable, but I know that the media and the general populace that follows me will critique it/not understand which makes me feel sad and almost more uncomfortable. So I guess she/her for now.”
More recently, Shawn Mendes admitted that keeping pronouns out of many of his songs was a conscious decision. After all, Teddy Geiger penned a lot of the Canadian singer’s tunes and Teddy recently came out as transgender. Shawn told Entertainment Weekly:
“It doesn’t matter. Everything is up for your perspective. Let it be you. It really just doesn’t matter to me at all nowadays. I love how open everybody is and how open everything is. It just makes life more fun.”
Even more recently, another star stepped up to the plate to discuss pronouns… and came up with a brand-new one in the process.
During an Instagram Live Q&A, Love, Simon actor Keiynan Lonsdale talked sexuality and labels:
“I’m still surprised I get this question. I came out last year as not straight. Now it just depends on the day; sometimes I’m bisexual; sometimes I’m gay; sometimes I feel straight; sometimes I’m not anything. It doesn’t matter. Either way, through all that, I’m Keiynan. So if your question is, ‘Am I Keiynan?’ Yes, I am Keiynan.”
But the 26-year-old didn’t stop there:
“Okay, this might sound stupid, but I don’t care. I don’t think this is offensive… but I don’t want to go by ‘he’ anymore, I just want to go by ‘tree.’ I want people to call me ‘tree’ because we all come from trees, so it doesn’t matter if you’re a he or a she or they or them. At the end of the day, everyone’s a tree.”
The star continued:
“I want to call my friends tree, and me [sic] tree, and every one tree. So, I think like when people ask me what my preferred pronoun is, I’m going to say tree. I’m not high, by the way. This is just me.”
There you have it, folks — a brand-new pronoun: tree.