Last week, blond reality himbo Colton Underwood came out of the closet – maybe you heard? Then… ten minutes after that, he announced plans to document his coming out journey on an upcoming Netflix series with Olympian Gus Kenworthy as his “gay guide.” Underwood’s critics (who are legion) pointed to the fact that his ex-girlfriend Cassie Randolph accused him of stalking her last year ― a point overlooked in many of last week’s reports. Then there’s the obvious money grabby aspect to it all, and the rather vulgar press whoring…
Now, boybander/bar owner/restauranteur/LGBTQ spokesperson Lance Bass has jumped into the fray, commenting on Colton’s haterz during an appearance on “The Ben & Ashley I. Almost Famous” podcast last week.
“He’s definitely going to get a lot of backlash from the community at first,” the former *NSYNC star said in the interview. “There is a small percentage of the community that’s just going to not like the fact he came out this way, that he’s monetizing the experience.”
Small percentage? REALLY? Has he SEEN Twitter recently?
Anyway, Bass went on to say Underwood’s series would probably ultimately “help the [LGBTQ] community,” but that it would take some time.
“When you first come out, most people … have no clue about the LGBT community,” he said. “They don’t know what the issues are, they have no idea because they’ve been so separated from that on purpose. So when someone comes out as a public figure, so many people immediately go to: ‘Screw that! It’s too late.’ They don’t like to support it because they don’t feel like you know what you’re talking about yet.”
He then compared his own coming out to Colton’s:
“I was kind of like in a ‘Bachelor Nation’ situation where 90% of my fans were women, and they all thought I was straight,” Bass said, adding that he’d advise the reality star to “sit back, listen and learn.”
Honey, 90% of your fans did not think you were straight. But that’s neither here nor there….
He went on with more advice for Colton:
“All you need to do right now, is just listen to the community, listen to everyone around you,” he said. “Educate yourself, and then you’ll naturally find where you belong in this community.”
(via HuffPo; photo: MediaPunch)