Arrow actor Stephen Amell is speaking out on social media after receiving backlash for posting photos from the 2017 Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival.
The 36-year-old Canadian and his wife, Cassandra Jean, stopped by to show their support for the LGBTQ+ community on Sunday (August 6) in Vancouver, Canada, but some conservative fans of the actor were not happy with his move.
Responding to the criticisms, Amell wrote on Facebook, “Facebook! What’s happening! So I’m scrolling through my page this morning and I was really taken aback by some of the back and forth commentary after I posted two photos from the Pride Parade / Festivities yesterday in Vancouver. “
He continued, ” The vast majority were positive, but a laughable amount were negative. I had a fantastic weekend in Vancouver with my wife and friends, met some terrific people and more than anything just tried to soak in all the positive energy from people living their best lives. “
The actor shut down the haters by revealing that he will return to walk in the parade next year. He wrote, :If I’m in Vancouver next year I won’t just go back, I’ll walk in the parade. So for everyone in their negative pants: Go be on the wrong side of history on somebody else’s Facebook page. xo”
Many fans took to the comment section to share their views, the majority of them didn’t agree with the Green Arrow views.
A user replied, ” I will no longer be following you, Stephen. You won’t be saying the wrong side of history when you have to give an account for every word you’ve uttered and every action you’ve made before the throne of God. Flee the eternal wrath to come and turn to Jesus..for He is our only hope. I am genuinely concerned and will be praying for you.”
A user argued that Amell’s point is “unfair”, saying, “Honestly, as a Christian I can’t “accept” that those in the gay community ( I say that term cause the acronym keeps getting longer each year and it’s harder to remember the order) that their rights and beliefs should be the only ones that matters.”
He continued, ” I don’t accept their lifestyle nor do I approve of it because of my beliefs. But I still love them as a human being because God commands I do. So to lump me into the “wrong side of history” is just unfair.”
While some came out in Amell’s support and commented, ” I took my family to the pride parade as well. My only complaint was trying to find parking. Love is freedom. Be proud of who you are regardless.”