On Twitter, some people are trying to get Matthew Gray Gubler ‘cancelled’. But what is it that the Criminal Minds actor is being called out for?
Cancel culture has arguably never been more prominent than it has been in 2020.
So far this year, we’ve seen a wealth of names pulled up on Twitter and beyond for their present or past actions.
Whether it’s something somebody said ten minutes or ten years ago, people are being held accountable for what they’ve said and being made an example of on social media.
Sometimes pulling somebody up for their damaging actions is downright imperative. On the other hand, there have been some rather bizarre failed attempts to cancel celebrities this year; the most curious came when fans tried to cancel Joji after only just discovering his satirical Filthy Frank/Pink Guy alter ego.
Now, we’re once again being reminded of attempts to ‘cancel’ 40-year-old actor Matthew Gray Gubler, famed for playing Dr. Spencer Reid on the CBS series Criminal Minds.
Matthew Gray Gubler “cancelled” on Twitter
There is somewhat of a lengthy history of detractors wishing to get Matthew Gray Gubler ‘cancelled. However, a Twitter thread posted on Thursday, August 13th, 2020, offered a clearer picture.
Since reading it, a number of people have condemned the actor, arguing that he either has or should be ‘cancelled’.
One recently tweeted: “So is Matthew Gray Gubler still cancelled or can I support him without the fear of being dragged now.”
On the other hand, another wrote: “I don’t think he should be ‘cancelled’, I just think he should address all the things being said about him.”
So, what exactly is being said about him?
Matthew Gray Gubler controversy explained
Everything that Matthew is being accused of can be read in this Pinterest thread.
Essentially, the thread cites instances of Matthew allegedly offending the LGBTQ community through his use of language.
The most noteworthy example – as seen in the thread and on Pinterest – sees Matthew describing his perfect woman during an interview: “I am dubious of actresses, felons and lesbians but don’t want to rule them out entirely.”
Some people have argued that placing “lesbians” in the same camp as “felons” suggests how he feels about the LGBTQ community.
Moving forward, the thread also brings to light one of Matthew’s tweets from 2009, in which he says: “When asking friends if my magenta beret is too gay looking…”
Along with his use of language in interviews, the thread also scathes him for cultural appropriation, showing images of him wearing an Indian headdress during a photoshoot.
You can check out an extensive list of things being said in the full thread.
Fans are coming to his defence
Despite some calling for him to be ‘cancelled’ entirely, a number of fans have come to the actor’s defence, arguing that the things said were done so years ago and so forth.
Check out a selection of tweets:
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