The Aftermath Of Rebel Wilson Being Pressured To Come Out

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Jul 15, 2022 2:03 PM ET

When Rebel Wilson broke into Hollywood in 2011, she did so with a bang. The rising comedienne became quickly known for hits like Bridesmaids and A Few Best Men. In 2013, Variety named her one of the top ten comics. She's also won awards from MTV and The Screen Actors Guild.

In June of 2022, Wilson came out in a post on her Instagram account. Over the next few days, the entire story behind the post unfolded - one that speaks to the tense relationship between celebrity and media, and how LGBTQ+ stars are still unable to live entirely on their own terms.

Keep scrolling to read more.

Her Disney Princess

Wilson's coming-out post was a sweet tribute to her current girlfriend, fashion designer Ramona Agruma. Underneath a photo of the couple was a simple caption that read "I thought I was searching for a Disney Prince… but maybe what I really needed all this time was a Disney Princess 💗🌈💗#loveislove". She made no general statement about her status as a bisexual or gay woman but made it clear she is happy and in love.

The June post came during Pride Month, which seemed like the perfect time for the actress to make her announcement. But something more was behind the decision to come out.

Scroll down to the next section to find out what happened in the days leading up to the post.

An Ultimatum

The Sydney Morning Herald has always had a way of keeping up with their hometown girl, Rebel Wilson. In the past, she has given interviews and been the subject of several articles. So, when Morning Herald journalist Andrew Hornery reached out to Wilson and her publicist to ask for a comment, nothing would've immediately seemed out of the ordinary. But this time, Hornery wanted a comment on Wilson's new relationship, and he gave her an ultimatum. She had two days to respond to him or the paper would run an article about it.

Wilson had the choice of coming out or being outed by a publication that she had presumably trusted in the past. The New York Times covered the whole story and outlined a now-deleted column by Hornery that he published about Wilson's coming out. He claimed that he asked her to comment out of an abundance of caution and that her response was to kill his story by coming out.

Keep reading to find out what she said afterward, and the implications of Wilson's forced coming out.

The Aftermath

Wilson's fans and the LGBTQ+ community rallied around Wilson on social media, supporting her and thanking her for coming out. Hornery's drew tremendous ire, and someone at the Morning Herald decided to delete the comment.

Wilson took to Twitter several days later, thanking fans and mentioning that she was trying to handle the situation "with grace". For her, that meant carrying on with her daily life and living as her authentic self with her partner.

The Importance Of Visibility

While Wilson's coming out was important for LGBTQ+ visibility, it should have been her sole choice when and how to discuss her sexual orientation and her relationship. Although celebrities agree to trade off some of their privacy in exchange for wealth and fame, they still deserve the same basic privacy that all citizens want in their lives.

Us Weekly recently reported that a source close to Wilson said she is relieved to be out of the closet and living her truth. This is the best emotional outcome that one could hope for after what she went through with Hornery and the Morning Herald. Even if Wilson's story does have a happy ending, all LGBTQ+ people deserve to come out on their own terms, in their own time, and with their own well-being in mind.

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