Jessica Wang
February 19, 2019 2:21 pm

Disney Channel star Joshua Rush just shut down homophobic comments in the most eloquent way. The 17-year-old actor portrays Cyrus Goodman in Disney’s Andi Mack, the first series on the network to have a character come out as gay. In a historical move, Rush’s on-screen persona came out in the series’ February 8th episode—but not everyone was happy with the inclusive storyline. Rush took to Twitter on February 17th to challenge comments from a user who said “introducing gays is a very poor example to the young adults watching this show.”

In response to his critic, Rush wrote, “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. 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.”

Andi Mack is a coming-of-age comedy series that follows titular character Andi Mack (Peyton Elizabeth Lee), a teen trying to figure out who she is and where she fits in. The series is currently in its third season. In Cyrus’ coming-out episode, he tells his best friend Jonah (Asher Angel) he’s gay, to which Jonah replies, “Yeah? Cool.”

Watch the historic clip below.

Andi Mack garnered a GLAAD Media Award win in April 2018 for its LGBTQ representation. We’re so glad Disney Channel is making strides for LGBTQ inclusion—as well as fostering insightful actors like Rush who will shut down hateful comments.