"You don't know my alphabet!" is everyone's new favorite shut down for when someone tries to confront you about your sexuality and we have actor Lukas Gage to thank for it.
Last week, a disgruntled Twitter user tried to call for Hollywood to stop casting "non LGBTQIA+ actors like Lukas Gage" as LGBTQ+ characters.
There's been a decent move away from casting straight actors as non-straight characters, so that's certainly not a controversial stance at this point. But the complaint seems confusing since Lukas Gage has never spoken publicly about his sexuality.
And, apparently, he's not about to start now.
The person who originally posted the tweet tagged the actor in it, snagging his attention.
Celebs don't often respond to things they're tagged in by complete strangers but Lukas Gage isn't too worried about what other celebs do or don't do.
He had time for this.
The public doesn't know where he stands because, as we said, he hasn't talked about it.
What we do know is that he approaches his roles with a sense of ownership and is proud of that fact. He doesn't just act, he contributes ideas he thinks will advance the characters and stories.
Sometimes those ideas are gay AF.
For example, the actor explained to Andy Cohen that the infamously graphic rimming scene in White Lotus was his idea.
Initially, the script just called for the two men to have sex, but Gage felt like that was boring and nondescript. So he suggested the show turn up the intimate and unhinged energy of the scene.
"We've seen sex on TV. Let's have some ass eating."
Still, approaching a role with pride and suggesting a harder angle that makes sense for your characters doesn't make a person gay. For some reason, the original poster felt entitled to an explanation from Gage.
They responded to the actor with an incredibly bold request.
And Gage responded back with this whole sentence:
The entire exchange struck Twitter as more than a little weird. Thing about Twitter is that when they think you're being creepy and intrusive, they have absolutely no problem telling you so.
And so they did.
So that clearly didn't go the way the original poster thought it would.
What are your thoughts?
Do they have a point? Should actors not be cast in LGBTQIA+ roles unless they've publicly admitted they are LGBTQIA?
Or is it super weird entitled energy to tag an actor and try to force him out of the closet, particularly during pride month?