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"Love, Victor" Star Michael Cimino Says He's Received Death Threats For Portraying A Gay Character

"There's nothing wrong with being gay."

In case you haven't seen it, Michael Cimino stars in Love, Victor, the Love, Simon television spin-off, as Victor Salazar.

Victor and Benji embrace on set of "Love, Victor"

And he's great in it.

Except, of course, the actor identifies as straight, and not everyone is cool with him taking on the role.

In a new Attitude cover story, Michael opened up about his experience playing a gay lead.

“I got some homophobic comments — I kind of expected that to happen. I didn’t expect it from my own family members, though," he said. "Some of them reached out, saying, 'You used to be so cool; now you’re so gay.' I chalk it up to ignorance."

"There’s nothing wrong with being gay. That ignorance is often something that’s been passed on from generations prior," he continues. "I always approach that [by saying], ‘These are normal people that are struggling and they shouldn’t have to struggle.’”

He also said that he's "had some criticism from the LGBTQ+ community for being in the role."

"I’ve had death threats, which is horrible. But the show is important to me. The messages of hate — I came into it knowing that would happen, regardless of how good I was," he said.

"But there are some straight actors who play gay characters, who are all about supporting LGBTQ+ rights while they’re promoting their project, but once they’re done, a year later, it’s kind of forgotten," he continued.

"That’s not how [to] be an ally, that’s not how you support LGBTQ+ rights. If you’re not an actual ally, then what are you doing?"

He concludes, "It’s an honor to play Victor, and a big responsibility. I went in with the pure intent to represent that correctly. I held myself to a really high standard to make sure everyone going through this story felt represented by the show.”

Read more at Attitude here.

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