Celebrities often tweet about movies, TV and music that they are enjoying, but the responses to Love, Simon from gay celebrities have been especially touching. Author and former MTV VJ Dave Holmes tweeted about going to see the film in his hometown with his 85 year-old mother. Please read the rest of this thread, it's incredibly sweet.
I saw Love, Simon last night while I was home in St. Louis. Went to the Des Peres 4 Ciné, where I used to see movies when I was a kid. I wondered whether the young people who need to have this movie would show up and see it in public, in a chatty suburb where people know your biz— Dave Holmes (@DaveHolmes) March 19, 2018
Billy Eichner realizes he missed out not having movies like this as a youth.
LOVE, SIMON made me SO HAPPY. I laughed a lot but I didn't realize how moved I'd be. I didn't realize til watching it how much I wanted & needed movies like this & how much I missed out on by not having them. I wish it existed when I was younger but I'm glad it does now. GO!!!! pic.twitter.com/aV6sMZVm0f— billy eichner (@billyeichner) March 18, 2018
Andrew Rannells (Girls) wished a movie like this had existed when he was in high school.
Journalist Mark Harris addressed some of the criticisms that have popped up about the movie.
I'm seeing a bit of "Love, Simon doesn't tell my story." Great news: That means you still have the rights to it. It's just a movie, not a minivan. All it has to carry is its own weight.— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) March 19, 2018
Writer Chris Schleicher (The Mindy Project) argues that even if it's unrealistic in some ways, gay people need "comfort food" movies, too.
Was LOVE SIMON a squeaky clean rich fantasy of coming out? Sure. But it was also adorable and well-executed and surprisingly healing for me. It would have been so important to me at 16. I didn’t know I needed this type of content. Gay people deserve “comfort-food” movies too.— Chris Schleicher (@cschleichsrun) March 16, 2018
Former N'Sync member Lance Bass gave it a rave.
Musician Benj Pasek says it reminds us we are all deserving of love, and that he wishes he had it when he was 17.
Still thinking about it this morning. Big thanks to @GBerlanti and everyone who made this film. It’s what a wished I had as a 17-year-old, when I needed to hear that I wasn’t alone.— Benj Pasek (@benjpasek) March 17, 2018
Former NBA player Jason Collins was happy to promote the film via his t-shirt.
Here I am wearing this #LoveSimon inspired t-shirt today out on the tennis courts. So many people came up to me and loved the shirt. Great way to spread the word about @lovesimonmovie! Get yours and support @GLSEN at https://t.co/1KlKdxhcLD pic.twitter.com/4mG9qfrtRl— Jason Collins (@jasoncollins98) March 16, 2018
Host of "Keep It" Ira Madison has a message for gay audiences who went to free Love, Simon screenings.
All you gays who saw free Love, Simon screenings pic.twitter.com/7jRKKfWMMR— Ira Madison III (@ira) March 16, 2018
"Keep It" cohost Louis Virtel gave the movie a thumbs up, and elaborated on a lesser-known truth about it.
LOVE, SIMON was a blast. We have so few movies like this that certain scenes made me remember entire stories from my own coming-out that I'd forgotten. And I remember just about everything so that's quite a feat.— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) March 16, 2018
Something LOVE, SIMON gets right: You can have a drama club full of gay guys and still your theater director will choose a loud straight douchebag to play the MC in "Cabaret."— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) March 19, 2018
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Did you see Love, Simon, ONTD? What did you think? If I missed any gay celebs who tweeted about the movie, lmk and I will add them to the post.