Teen Wolf star and executive producer Tyler Posey tried to do damage control less than 48 hours after his failed attempt at humor to support the LGBT community was condemned by media and fans alike.
Tyler Posey attempted to rehab his image as Teen Wolf won two awards at the Teen Choice Awards Sunday night. In taking the mic to accept the Choice Summer TV Show award, Tyler Posey kept his comments to thanking fans — some of whom have said they plan to stop watching Teen Wolf in its sixth and final season — after pretending to come out as gay on Snapchat Friday, the International Business Times reported.
“Honestly, we’ve been coming to Teen Choice for, I think, the last seven or eight years now. As long as Teen Wolf has been alive, and these are always just the greatest things. I’m just so full of love. We love each other so much and love all of you guys so much… This is the last season of Teen Wolf. We just want to say thank you to Fox, to Teen Choice Awards, to every single one of you beautiful people. You’re the only reason that we’re here and we truly do love every single one of you. Let’s make this last season one to remember.”
The reason Tyler Posey needs image repair is that the Teen Wolf star turned a purported attempt at supporting the gay community into a pretend self-outing on Snapchat Friday, the Huffington Post reported. The video began with a shot of a Gay Street sign as Tyler Posey narrated for the viewers.
“This is me,” Tyler Posey began. “I am this and this is me.” The video then turned to self-shot footage of Tyler Posey as the 24-year-old actor — who appears seconds from an outburst of laughter — uttered the ill-advised lines that have upset fans across the board.
“I’ve never felt more alive. I’m gay!”
Fans who were initially bewildered and applauding the Teen Wolf fan-favorite for coming out. After realizing Tyler Posey was only joking, critics immediately slammed the actor for offending the LGBT community.
Tyler Posey quickly recanted Saturday through a series of tweets, attempting to explain his actions as supportive instead of demeaning.
“I am a big proponent of love over hate, and standing together during divisive times…. Although I’m not gay, I fully support the LGBTQ community. This was a moment intended to reflect that. 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.”
This isn’t the first time that Teen Wolf star Tyler Posey has regretted a social media post shortly after making it. In May, Hollywood Life reported that Tyler posted a picture of his barely-covered groin, revealing his bulge in Ethika underwear. Immediately after sharing the post, Posey wrote on Twitter that he might indeed regret the post later.
“Just posted a snap that I’ll probably regret. But I did it anyway because it’s who I am. Moral of the story? Be yourself. Change the world;).”
Season 6 of Teen Wolf airs on MTV Tuesday, November 15. Tyler Posey first came on board as executive producer of Teen Wolf this season, helping to fill a role that show-runner Jeff Davis had held throughout the first five seasons. Tyler Posey admitted he was looking forward to the challenge as he brought Teen Wolf “to an end,” The Inquisitr previously reported.
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