The Hard Times Of RJ Berger Star Comes Out Of The Closet!
Paul Iacono, the actor who played RJ Berger in MTV’s The Hard Times Of RJ Berger, has come out to the public like it was no huge deal — as it should be!
He wasn’t even plotting on making a statement about his sexuality during an interview with The Village Voice, but when questioned if he was openly gay, Iacono answered:
“Yes. I’m rolling with the punches here. I was questioned if I was comfortable doing gay press. I said ‘Of course.’ I didn’t reckon I’d be coming out. But why not now? I reckon it’s the right time to say something.”
Yes!!! ANY TIME is the right time to say something in our opinion, but it sounds like he was never hiding his sexuality before. He just didn’t make an effort to profess it to the media until now because he didn’t feel it particularly mattered and in the future he hopes the rest of the world agrees, saying:
“I believe that in 100 years, none of us will be having to identify ourselves as gay, straight, bi, or otherwise. Sexuality will be a more fluid thing.”
We so, so, SO hope he’s right! For now though, everyone needs to have a small gay pride so others aren’t ashamed of their sexuality and can eventually come to terms with it as easily at Mr. Iacono.
Hard Times has been cancelled, but the out and proud actor will be back on MTV as a gay character (Yes! We need more! More! More!) in Kenzie’s Scale, which he described as:
“It’s about a high school sweetheart couple who go to New York for college. He has this gay awakening when they get there. So they continue living together more as friends than lovers.
Sounds like an awesome premise to us that will ultimately expose more people to homosexuality and make this world a better place! For his part in the process, Iacono is pleased to serve as an inspiration to young kids struggling with their sexuality and clarified:
“It’s fantastic that we have Chris Colfer, but we need more characters. I’m pleased to be that person so kids won’t have to grow up and be worried of their sexuality and this won’t be an issue.”
We can’t WAIT until it’s no longer an issue and are so pleased people like Paul are helping to make that future a reality.
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