I am so freaking excited. Yesterday I heard a rumor that T.R. Knight (who plays George on Grey's Anatomy) was gay, and then I spent most of the evening quietly hoping that it might be true so that maybe one day there might be a chance that he might become my husband (because he's, like, the cutest man on television) and I just got a message from Jesse, which I just went to People.com to confirm, and yes, T.R. Knight came out of the closet today, (!!!) and I hate to use the word "hero" lightly, but he's totally a fucking rockstar at the very least (and even though I'm holding out on the word hero, so as to not use it lightly, I'm still thinking it).
Here's the thing: when was the last time an up-and-coming actor on one of the freaking biggest hits on television came out of the closet while they were still on their rise to fame (as opposed to fifty years later)??? Seriously, has anyone on TV's number one shows EVER come out of the closet while their show was such a huge hit? People all across America love George O'Malley, and by extension they love T.R. Knight, and I can't imagine that this news is going to change that--instead, people across the country (which is still frighteningly homophobic--I heard the word "faggot" over a dozen times today, students slinging it at other classmates, as well as a couple of students slinging it at me) are going to hear that the actor who plays George is gay and they're going to have another face they're fond of to associate with gayness and their hearts are gonna open up just a little bit more.
I'm sorry, but when Lance Bass came out of the closet, he was past his prime as far as teenybopper popstars go. (Nothing against Lass Bass--I commend him too--I'm just saying that that was big, but this is huge.)
Just the other day I was saying that I wish that everyone in Hollywood who was gay would just come out already and we could stop wondering who is and who isn't and let the actors do their jobs of make-believe and we would believe them and kids all over the country would have lots of great role-models (because if you put yourself out there as an actor in the tv and film business, then you have to accept that part of your job is being a role model to your audience--you're hugely influential and people watch what you do and they learn from you) and this is frakking huge.
Thank you, T. R. Knight. I know you don't want people to make a big deal about this, but it is a big deal--you had the balls to come out of the closet on a Thursday afternoon and tonight we're all gonna watch you and continue to love you (as we watch you love on Callie, or Meredith, or Izzie, or whoever) and keep rocking on.
If you ever want to marry me, we should probably go on a few dates first, but I'm totally amenable to the idea.