Riverdale Star Comes Out as Bisexual Days After Tweets About Sexuality
Shannon Purser, the actress who plays Ethel Muggs on Riverdale, has been going through a lot lately. It was just over a week ago that she tweeted about having anxiety over “getting comfortable with [her] sexuality,” but didn’t give too many other details. The 19-year-old decided it was time to reveal those deets last night after she faced backlash for criticizing Beronica (the pairing between Betty and Veronica) shippers.
Basically, Cole Sprouse tweeted about haters and trolls on social media, and Shannon replied that you can’t forget about the “angry Beronica stans.” Fans took this as seriously offensive, and even though the teen deleted the tweet, she was still receiving serious hate because she didn’t understand WHY they were mad — queerbaiting. The Stranger Things actress could’ve just ignored everything until the backlash died down, but instead she decided to apologize and speak about her own truth.
“I don’t normally do this, but I figure now is as good a time as any to get personal,” Shannon wrote on Twitter. “I’ve only just recently come out as bisexual to my family and friends. It’s something I am still processing and trying to understand and I don’t like talking about it too much. I’m very very new to the LGBT community. I have never heard the term ‘queerbaiting’ in my life until today. That being said, I have never ever wanted to alienate anyone and my tweet was thoughtless. I wasn’t referring to all the Beronica shippers, just the ones who had been particularly cruel to me personally. Either way, it wasn’t a wise or kind thing to say and I’m disappointed in myself, especially as a Christian who has always been taught to speak love to others. Thank you to all the people who kindly reached out to me and educated me about the reality [of] your feelings about queerbaiting and I apologize to those who were hurt. Much Love.”
TONS of celebrities are accused of gay-baiting fans, but never seem to change their actions or apologize for things they’ve done in the past. We appreciate Shannon for not only coming out to thousands of people, but also acknowledging her mistakes.
Riverdale is just one teen TV show that often is accused of queerbaiting audiences:
Shadowhunters has a few out-and-proud gay characters, so many of you may be wondering how it could possibly queer-bait!
After Malec (Magnus & Alec) became a couple, people couldn't help but notice how the trailers for certain episodes would be focused on the pair, while the actual episode would have very few romantic scenes.
A good example of this came in season two, when the two guys decided to have sex for the first time. Not only was this scene problematic because it contributed to rape culture (Magnus did not give consent on camera after clearly communicating reservations and concerns about getting intimate), but also the ads solely teased the couple "finally" deciding to make love...despite that scene being cut short to show a straight couple having sex. Many viewers felt that the vague nature of their decision to do the deed showed favoritism towards hetero couples.
A Shadowhunters stan who goes by @mightymalec on Twitter @'d the showrunner saying, "We're not asking for a sex scene here. We're asking for Malec to get the same intimacy, at least, as Jace and some random girl did." EQUAL REPRESENTATION. We agree.