February 20, 2019 at 1:45 pm PDT | by Mariah Cooper
‘Andi Mack’ star shuts down homophobic troll who called his character ‘a poor example’

Joshua Rush as Cyrus Goodman on ‘Andi Mack.’ (Screenshot via Twitter)

“Andi Mack” star Joshua Rush shut down a homophobic Twitter troll who thought his character Cyrus Goodman’s coming out scene set “a very poor example.”

In a recent episode, Cyrus came out to his friend Jonah Beck (Asher Angel). For the first time in the history of the Disney Channel, a character spoke the words “I’m gay.” It was a monumental moment for the network but one Twitter user wasn’t pleased.

“I am very disappointed in the way this show has been directed there are some very good messages through this show for it’s young audience, but introducing gays is a very poor example to the young adults watching this show. Poor Choice Disney,” the tweet read.

Rush, 17, called out the person and defended Disney Channel’s decision for more LGBTQ-inclusion for young audiences.

“I’m sorry you feel that way. Here’s the thing though: gay kids are gonna exist no matter whether you like it or not,” Rush posted. “And we need to support and love all kids in every way we can. So when someone realizes they are gay, I want them to identify with something so they’re not alone.”

The person deleted the tweet but Rush posted a screenshot to his Twitter feed. He also continued to explain the importance of his character to the user.

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