BTW, Shannon Berry from “The Wilds” is Queer

I’ve been writing about TV for eight years, and it’s astounding how much has changed in such a relatively short period of time. When I first started, we had to have entire murderboards and charts and rely on whispered rumors and what we believed in our hearts to be true when it came to celebrities playing for “our team.” When people did come out, it was via a long, emotional acceptance speech at an awards show, a personal essay.

But Gen Z doesn’t have time for that. They want 15 second TikTok videos and 13-character coming out tweets.

AND I’M LIVING FOR IT. Ellen crawled so Kirsten Stewart could walk, Elliot Page walked so millennials could run, and millennials ran so Gen Z could fly.

In case you aren’t familiar, this actor, Shannon Berry, plays Dot on the newish Amazon show The Wilds, which I rather enjoyed so was delighted to see. And of course, because of my Nancy Drew roots when I saw Mia Healey (who plays Shelby on the show) respond with this:

My instinct was to poke around and see if she’d dropped any other clues. And while it’s not QUITE as cut-and-dry as as Shannon’s, so maybe I’m misinterpreting here, but this feels pretty on the nose to me. Because like I said, this new wave of actors doesn’t have time to waste.

They’re too busy making the world a better (and gayer) place than they found it.

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Valerie Anne

Just a TV-loving, Twitter-addicted nerd who loves reading, watching, and writing about stories. One part Kara Danvers, two parts Waverly Earp, a dash of Cosima and an extra helping of my own brand of weirdo.

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  1. I had a feeling with Mia. Like either she was really good at her job of being straight but secretly gay, or she was actually gay in real life. Maybe both! But yeah, those flirtacious glances she was giving everyone in the first episode were TOO DYKEY! Like girl those are MY MOVES!

  2. The word queer doesn’t mean anything. What, she kissed another girl in a cultivated picture for Instagram for life and shares? That means she’s sexually permissive for attention.

    Way more than half of the people that claim not straight status in gen Z just decided they didn’t like their pronouns or once convinced themselves to screw around with somebody of the same sex because they were trashed. Fall in love with somebody of the same sex, go out in public with them. Introduce them to your family. That counts. Not thinking a hookup is a good idea because you’re high on Blow then happily only dating straight people for the rest of your life.

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