Rebel Wilson’s personal timeline of when to come out as gay was taken from her: A Sydney Morning Herald journalist admitted in a recent article that he and the paper had, out of an “abundance of caution and respect,” given her two days to comment on her new relationship with Los Angeles clothing designer Ramona Agruma.
Two days ago, the “Pitch Perfect” actress shared a photo of herself and Agruma to Instagram, writing, “I thought I was searching for a Disney Prince … but maybe what I really needed all this time was a Disney Princess.”
The Herald’s article continues in a grating tone, asserting that Wilson “opted to gazump the story” instead of letting the outlet seemingly scoop her on her sexuality, a violation that the National LGTBQ Task Force says can be “deadly.”
The piece, from senior journalist Andrew Hornery, who has now turned on protected tweets, continues, “Considering how bitterly Wilson had complained about poor journalism standards when she successfully sued Woman’s Day for defamation, her choice to ignore our discreet, genuine and honest queries was, in our view, underwhelming.”
Later on, Hornery insinuates that the article outing Wilson would not have been such a big deal given that “sexual orientation is no longer something to be hidden, even in Hollywood,” a woeful misunderstanding on how anti-queer views permeate society and are embedded into systems worldwide.
Naturally, the post drew widespread backlash online, with many balking at the fact that prominent outlet would engage in such “f—ing disgusting” behavior. “You should be ashamed of yourselves. Threatening to out someone and then being cross that they chose to do it themselves? Despicable,” writer Michael Chakraverty said. “This is beyond unacceptable. You are despicable, gutter journalists.”
See further reactions below:
It was really very kind and generous of you to give her notice. What lovely people you must be.
— Carrick Recruitment
(@carrickrecruit) June 11, 2022
According to @hornery opinion piece, "outing" same sex relationships should be redundant, yet her same sex relationship was news worthy?
"It is unlikely she would have experienced the sort of discrimination let alone homophobia – subconscious or overt" @hornery states.
— Lis (@Eli_La11_11) June 11, 2022
Sydney Morning Herald celebrates Pride Month by threatening to out Rebel Wilson and then getting upset when she ruined their scoop
fucking disgusting https://t.co/icVdPo8XCM
— Strawberry Jortcake (@turpywurpy) June 11, 2022
I’ve just read this @smh piece 3 times to make sure that I wasn’t misreading. The publication messaged Rebel Wilson saying they would out her in 2 days – and is now complaining that she chose to announce her relationship with a woman herself. Quite astonishing. pic.twitter.com/qiPZkYFmka
— Megha Mohan (@meghamohan) June 11, 2022
So apparently it wasn't @RebelWilson's choice to come out… The @smh/@theage have admitted to giving her a heads up 2 days in advance that they were going to "out" her. What's worse, openly gay men at the Sydney Morning Herald were involved in this.
— Kate Doak (@katedoak) June 11, 2022
That last paragraph is the "oh, FUCK off" moment. Pretending they were being ethical after already confirming they were planning to out her. They're clearly fucked off that she ruined their 'scoop' and are amazingly pretending THEY'RE the victim. Absolutely shameless journalism.
— Chris Scullion (@scully1888) June 11, 2022