Wilson Cruz is Hollywood royalty, but even he still gets his share of trolls. But after 25 years of being gay actor playing mostly gay roles, Cruz knows how to deal with them.
This particular story starts with Kirstie Alley who took to Twitter to pledge her allegiance to Donald Trump, saying she's voting for him because he's "NOT a politician." The bar is so low.
"I voted for him 4 yeras ago for this reason and shall vote for im again for this reason," she wrote to Twitter. "He gets things done quickly and he will turn the economy around quickly." *gestures at the current state of the ongoing global pandemic* Ok girl!
Alley was at the center of some pretty massive backlash for the tweet. One account called her a "shitty Vulcan," referring to her feature film debut playing Saavik in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. It was here that Cruz stepped in, agreeing with the comment.
A troll took the moment as an opportunity to attack, specifically targeting Cruz and his role in the current CBS drama Star Trek: Discovery, calling him a “sh*tty actor on a sh*tty show.” Cruz wasted little time in clapping back. A picture is worth a thousand words they say, and Cruz sent this troll a whole novel.
Cruz’s tweet contained the simple caption “Am I..?” with four images of glowing reviews for Star Trek: Discovery, especially the latest season. One review from IndieWire says season 3 of the show “makes a satisfying, emotional jump to the 32nd Century,” while another from The Guardian called it “it’s most thoughtful series yet.” A review from NBC Think says “‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 3 suggests third time really is the charm for Trekkies.
A fourth image, from Rotten Tomatoes, simply shows that the show is the fourth most popular TV show on the site, and sits at the excellent critic score of 93%, making it one of the best reviewed shows of the year. Cruz followed that with a tweet showing his Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in Streaming Presentation for the show. Two of his co stars, Doug Jones and Ethen Peck also got nominations in the category. No word yet on if Cruz’s troll survived the brutal shade.
Cruz first gained fame for playing Rickie Vasquez, a gay teen in the acclaimed 90’s series My So-Called Life, where he was the first openly gay actor to play a gay character in a leading role on American TV. Since then he’s starred and appeared in many TV shows, plays, and movies, most notably as Angel in Rent on stage, Victor in Party of Five, Junito in Noah’s Arc, and Dennis in Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why. He is currently starring in Star Trek: Discovery as Dr. Hugh Culber, which was recently renewed for a fourth season.