LGBTQ activists and allies seem to have 101 reasons to criticize Republican congressional candidate Omar Navarro after he publicly dissed Disney’s Cruella for making one of its characters openly gay. And Fuller House star John Stamos is no exception.
Navarro, who is running for the seat of California’s 43rd congressional district against Democrat Maxine Waters, recently called out Disney for featuring a gay character named Artie (John McCrea) in its latest adaption highlighting the backstory of the villainous Cruella de Vil, who first appeared in 1961’s 101 Dalmatians.
The film had a remake in 1996 starring Glenn Close in the titular role before this year’s adaption, which stars Emma Stone as the fur-loving, eccentric fashion designer during her earlier years.
The new Disney Cruella with Emma Stone just ruined my childhood with an openly flamboyant gay in the movie.
Disney persist shoving the LGBT agenda down our throat.
— Omar Navarro (@RealOmarNavarro) May 31, 2021
“The new Disney Cruella with Emma Stone just ruined my childhood with an openly flamboyant gay in the movie,” Navarro tweeted this week. “Disney persist shoving the LGBT agenda down our throat.”
Stamos wasted no time in clapping back to Navarro’s statement.
“If that ruined your childhood, I hope you didn’t watch Full House,” the actor wrote. “Three single men, living under one roof, raising kids in San Francisco…”
If that ruined your childhood, I hope you didn’t watch Full House. Three single men, living under one roof raising kids in San Francisco…. https://t.co/oCadf3xnIK
— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) June 1, 2021
Of course, Stamos was referring to his famous role as Uncle Jesse on the 1990s ABC sitcom Full House (1987 – 1995). In the show, Stamos plays Jesse Katspolis, the sexy brother-in-law of Danny Tanner (Bob Saget). Alongside Danny’s best friend Joey (Dave Coulier), the three largely-single men raise Danny’s three daughters together in the midst of 1990s San Fransisco.
In a recent interview with Attitude, McCrea explained the genesis of developing Artie, confirming that the character indeed identifies as queer.
“For me, yes, it’s official: he’s queer,” McCrea said to the British-based gay publication. “But we don’t see him falling in love. There’s no social aspect to the character. It’s not beating you on the head with a stick. But his lifestyle is fabulous, he loves his life and it was so fun to play him.”
He added, “In one of the original scripts he was a drag queen, so I think he was always intended to be queer-representing I suppose, or somehow a member of the LGBTQ community. I imagine that was always the case.”
McCrea continued, “If I had a character growing up like that to watch on the screen I would’ve fallen in love. Also, with the idea that he’s completely well-adjusted, very happy, and has a real lust for life. Those are things I’d find so exciting.”
Still, despite how progressive Disney has been recently in elevating LGBTQ characters both on film and in television, Navarro isn't keeping his thoughts to himself.
Last year, Navarro, shared his concern over the Disney Channel’s The Owl House over its out bisexual protagonist.
”Disney confirms its first bisexual lead character,” Navarro, who spent six months in prison in 2019 after pleading guilty to stalking his ex-girlfriend, wrote on Facebook at the time. “I don’t agree with this crap being pushed down our throats. What people do at home is there business but publicly I shouldn’t have to be forced. Will Christians please stand up?”
Despite Navarro’s vitriol, Twitter certainly had a field day with Stamos’s clever clap back. Navarro, however, kept the shots coming (see below)
Didn’t your character date that chick who went to prison for fraud?
— Omar Navarro (@RealOmarNavarro) June 1, 2021
John, I don’t think full house ever pushed that narrative considering it was in San Francisco.
— Omar Navarro (@RealOmarNavarro) June 1, 2021
So…they weren't brothers? I…I always assumed that they were cause the kids called them "uncle". pic.twitter.com/vfoOlZLtwU
— Kenna Nicole (@kennawrites) June 1, 2021
Oh man I hope @RealOmarNavarro never finds out about Bugs Bunny in drag flirting with Elmer Fudd pic.twitter.com/ux3uJAXbD1
— Viva Las Bori ♥️🇵🇷 (@topazruby) June 1, 2021
Looks like the only thing the GOP stands for lately is “look how i hate on liberals, aren’t I great” that’s it…no effective policies, legislative ideas nothing…it’s getting really old.
— Lady Fey (@ladyfey12) June 1, 2021
I don’t know who this Omar guy is but why does he think he has a chance going up against THE john stamos lol pic.twitter.com/sFYYBK6296
— MIRANDA🪲🌼 (@aquamonsterr) June 1, 2021
“Omar Navarro, was arrested overnight Saturday after being spotted outside the Outer Sunset apartment of DeAnna Lorraine Tesoriero, a conservative commentator who is also running for congress. “
This side is an abusive, stalker who needs to quit crying about his childhood. pic.twitter.com/sgnDTsvd1i
— melissalite (@melissalite1) June 2, 2021
He's more worried about her being gay, than slaughtering 101 puppies?
Perfect summation of today's GOP
— Matthew Matson (@MatthewMatson5) June 1, 2021
Or back in the 1990s, there's *gasp* #SailorMoon . 2 of the Sailor Senshi are in a committed, loving relationship. Not to mention, there are trans Sailor Senshi. Takeuchi-sensei did *not* like it, but it's still canon to the 1990s anime. pic.twitter.com/JrWTgbWsvf
— ZephyrChan (陳巽華) (@zephyrchan) June 1, 2021
I want you to know that y’all shaped my lesbian fashion sense pic.twitter.com/bNFrNAInNU
— Gracie 🌱 (@GracieMay318) June 2, 2021
Things got really kinky in that last season. pic.twitter.com/u5Oq4Wmzk8
— Shookalakah (@TheShook215) June 1, 2021
OMFG – this is the greatest comment ever. While your show may be the greatest serving of cheese ever presented in a sitcom, your willingness to stand up as an ally made me just start a streaming session of Full House. You made my childhood Uncle Jesse crush reflourish. ❤️
— Jason Gallant (@jasontravels123) June 1, 2021
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