Teen Wolf star Tyler Posey appeared to take to Snapchat to come out on Friday, reportedly standing by a street sign for Gay St. in Greenwich Village and stating that “I’ve never felt more alive. I’m gay!”
The actor posted a subsequent Snapchat video calling his credibility into question as he appears to identify with a lamp. A rep for Posey told Fusion that the actor didn’t mean to call attention to his sexuality but rather his mood and that his statement was “meant in the context of ‘I’m happy,’ not as a coming out.”
I am a big proponent of love over hate, and standing together during divisive times.— tyler posey (@tylergposey) July 30, 2016
[Part 2]: Although I'm not gay, I fully support the LGBTQ community. This was a moment intended to reflect that.— tyler posey (@tylergposey) July 30, 2016
And everyone, I am truly sorry to the people I've offended or lessened how big coming out is. I just want to spread love in this world.— tyler posey (@tylergposey) July 30, 2016
What Posey accomplishes, however, is trivializing a struggle felt by countless closeted LGBT people who may worry about massive consequences if they reveal their sexuality to family or close friends. Understandably, those in the community as well as allies have come out against Posey’s statements.
It’s doubtful that Posey’s hoax coming out will negatively affect his standing with Teen Wolf. The show’s sixth and final season is slated to premiere on Nov. 15.