Blake McIver has been criticised for making offensive remarks about queer TV show Pose.
The out singer and former child actor, who starred in sitcom Full House and 1994 movie The Little Rascals, is facing backlash on social media after tweeting: “So POSE is just Glee with a viral load now?”
Centring around the ballroom scene in 1980s New York City, the critically-acclaimed (and Emmy-nominated) Pose assembled the largest cast and crew of trans actors, producers and writers a drama series has ever seen. So it’s a pretty big deal.
The show also features a heavy focus on the HIV/AIDS crisis and the devastating effect it had on the LGBTQ community, which is presumably what Blake’s attempt at a ‘joke’ was referring to. Unsurprisingly, the comment hasn’t gone down well.
Johnny Sibilly, who plays Costas on Pose, called the tweet “tasteless and tactless”, while RuPaul’s Drag Race star Vivacious added: “Thank you for showing us the true entitled you. May the internet gods drag your sad career into the gutter.”
Tasteless & tactless tweets. Get well. pic.twitter.com/lgrqOcwM9A
— JOHNNY SIBILLY (@JohnnySibilly) July 25, 2019
Thank you for showing us your true entitled you. May the internet gods drag your sad career into the gutter.
— VivaciousNYC (@VivaciousNYC) July 25, 2019
HIV/AIDS political group ACT UP New York tweeted: “If you are using people living with HIV as a punchline, then you can go straight to hell. It’s cheap, tactless and tasteless. Our veterans didn’t put their bodies on the line for this bullshit.”
If you are using people living with HIV as a punchline, then you can go straight to hell. It’s cheap, tactless, and tasteless. Our veterans didn’t put their bodies on the line for this bull shit. Have some respect.
— ACT UP New York (@actupny) July 25, 2019
Blake has since deleted all of his social media accounts, including Twitter and Instagram.