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.
btw I’m queer
— Shannon Berry (@shangraceberry) December 29, 2020
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:
— mia healey (@miahealey2) December 29, 2020
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.
I said what I said https://t.co/FOAAS3IToa
— mia healey (@miahealey2) December 13, 2020
They’re too busy making the world a better (and gayer) place than they found it.