When Christian Wilkins stepped onto the Logies 2022 red carpet in a stunning sheer dress, social media exploded – and it’s a huge problem.
Christian Wilkins is back in the news this week for blaming online trolls who are unhappy about him wearing a dress.
Wilkins is a rising star. He hosts, dances, models and acts, but the public’s obsession with his sexuality and queerness always seems to overshadow his talents. Instead of talking about his career, the public is obsessed with him wearing dresses on the red carpet.
Wilkins’ work doesn’t generate headlines, but how he handles homophobia and misogyny. The fact that he is clapping his hands to trolls or calling for publications for them to insensitively report on him causes more buzz than any of his actual work.
Just this week, he jokingly tweeted: “What is happening to the world!!!! courage ends! burn everything!! in response to the troll acting like it was wrong of him to wear a dress.
He starred in a national Bond ad campaign last year, but you’ll most likely recognize him from his famous call-outs. daily mail after it featured a headline about Wilkins that read “Dude looks like a lady!”
Wilkins then had to spend his energy and use his time speaking out against it. In the end, he called the caption via Instagram where he said: “These kinds of homophobic and misogynistic statements cause anxiety and fear in many LGBTQI people. Yes, I know I’m in a dress and celebrating my femininity, but come on, “Dude looks like a lady!”
It has become common to see Wilkins’ name in a story about how he fights some form of homophobia. While it’s great that he’s such an outspoken activist for his community, it’s also incredibly depressing that he spends his life in the public eye, constantly facing criticism for who he is. Why does he prefer dresses over trousers to the latest news?
The way Wilkins is being treated is a solid reminder of why so many Australian celebrities don’t want to go out. No wonder Rebel Wilson wasn’t screaming her new same-sex relationship from the rooftops. Chances are she didn’t want to deal with the harassment that comes at you for being an openly queer person in the Australian media. Of course, we may hold publications accountable, but no one can stop online trolls from taking over your Instagram comments or your Twitter feed.
It’s also no surprise that stars like Ian Thorpe and Hugh Sheridan waited years before making public statements about their sexuality. You only have to look at the treatment of Wilkins to understand that if you are publicly gay, you will be subject to a constant onslaught of brutality. Of course, maybe Wilkins has mastered the art of it, his often funny and clever responses to hate. But isn’t it sad that he had to learn how to do it so easily?
I can’t help but think, what message does this send to young homosexuals at home?
It screams to them that if they live by their own rules, are open and dress exactly the way they want, they will eventually be ridiculed. Of course, you might argue that Wilkins is famous and wealthy enough to know that part of the fame comes from unwanted comments, but the message he sends to our large society is frightening and downright threatening.
Perhaps what makes this even more depressing is that it’s Pride Month and Wilkins only returned to the news cycle yesterday for blaming the trolls. No wonder Australian celebrities are so reluctant to come out because when they do, they will spend the rest of their careers publicly fighting homophobia, honestly Wilkins deserves so much more.