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Ian McKellen welcomes JoJo Siwa to the LGBT community

Ian McKellen welcomes JoJo Siwa to the LGBT community

Sir Ian McKellen kept it classy with a message of support for JoJo Siwa (John Phillips/Getty)

Sir Ian McKellen warmly welcomed YouTuber JoJo Siwa to the LGBT+ community with a heartfelt message of support on Twitter.

Seventeen-year-old Dance Moms star Siwa publicly came out on 22 January, sharing a photo of herself in a t-shirt that read: “Best. Gay. Cousin. Ever.”

Her low-key announcement prompted an onslaught of media attention which saw the young star’s home being stormed by police after an alleged “swatting” by paparazzi, who lay in wait outside.

She’s also had to deal with a number of angry parents who believe she’s no longer fit to be a children’s entertainer, and lack the shame to keep their homophobia to themselves.

JoJo Siwa has remained upbeat despite all the drama, thanks in large part to the outpouring of support from her many young followers – but there was one older fan who wanted to share the love too.

Being experienced in matters of the press and the heart, Sir Ian, 81, addressed her directly on Twitter.

“I hope JoJo Siwa puts aside any negative reaction to her coming-out, at a time when she deserves praise and empathy for taking control of her life in such a public way,” he wrote.

Several fans praised McKellen’s sweet message to Siwa, commenting: “Us older LGBT+ have to support the younger ones as they come out.”

“It’s brave to speak one’s truth, and to do so in this way, at this age, is incredible. JoJo deserves all the praise!” said one. “Thank you, Sir Ian, for publicly being by her side.”

“Legends supporting legends,” another added. “This tweet is so beautiful, it represents so much. Thank you Sir Ian.”

Others, however, were mostly just thrilled that Sir Ian McKellen actually knows who JoJo Siwa is.


Russell Tovey and Ian McKellen in a battle of wits and a chilling mystery / Queerty

Russell Tovey and Ian McKellen in a battle of wits

Welcome to Screen Gems, our weekend dive into queer and queer-adjacent titles of the past that deserve a watch or a rewatch.

The Twister: The Good Liar

Oscar-winner Bill Condon helms this mystery/thriller, which stars cinematic lion Sir Ian McKellen. In the film, McKellen plays Roy, an aging Con Juan who seducing older, single women to rob them of their money. His latest target: Betty McLeish (Dame Helen Mirren), a recently widowed professor with a fortune in the bank. Betty falls hard for Roy’s charms right away, though her grandson Steven (Russell Tovey), smells a plot.

More than that we’ll not reveal here, as one of the great charms of The Good Liar is its labyrinth of plot twists, reversals and reveals. Suffice it to say that there’s much more to Roy’s past than he would have Betty know, and that she has a secret or two of her own. McKellen and Mirren–two giants of acting–relish their roles, and play their scenes together with typical intensity. Tovey too gives a mature performance in his role as Steven, a man who wants his grandmother to be happy, as much as to be safe. Well paced, taut with suspense and threaded with some very dark humor, The Good Liar should remind viewers that a good movie doesn’t need sex, explosions or tons of special effects. Rather, it just needs some compelling characters and some irresistible actors.

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