The French press is abuzz with the wonders that regular citizens have managed to accomplish with Twitter accounts over the past few months. Major French tv channel France 2 and iconic newspaper Libération (Note: links to France 2 and Libération in French only) both had full-length special reports on the 'Twitter Revolution' last week. First images of the Haiti quake and exclusive footage from cellphones during the riots in Iran in 2009 through a website, huh?
La Révolution Twitter (LGBT version, that is)
Well, the Social Media Revolution has finally invaded out-world! This past week, an Australian 17 year-old tweeted Neil Patrick Harris, who has just landed a lead role as Gargamel in Sony's upcoming feature The Smurfs and a guest spot in the Fox Series Glee (Editor's Note: you may remember him from Doogie Howser, MD, or the movie How I met your Mother), and was lucky enough to get tips from him on how to approach his coming out to his family.
Aside from buzz on announcements of Harris's upcoming roles as the evil smurf hunter and the sworn enemy of Matthew Morrison's Will Schuester, however, the busy actor got press for his real-life character, not for an upcoming role.
THE FINER POINTS OF COMING-OUT
On the first of March, Harris took the time to respond to Jessie, the young Australian, who asked him on Twitter for guidance on breaking the news to his parents.
The first tweet came on February 28: "Do you have any advice for someone in the midst of a coming-out? My family won't understand and I am a musician in Australia, so up until now they've been rather proud of me. I'll be 18 years old soon, I know I am young, and I don't know who to talk to about this-everyone I know is either fake or just full of shit, and I admire you so much I figured I would just ask you."
Neil Patrick Harris's response: "Stand tall. Be proud of who you are. Want to learn. Represent well. But more than anything else, be safe." Short (this is Twitter after all), but effective!
Jessie followed up be asking if Harris's coming-out to his friends went well (his own seemed to be taking the info in stride). Harris: "With no problems at all, in fact. Those who don't understand will just have to learn".
Throughout the entire week, Jessie tweeted his coming-out to his parents and friends. For the moment, his parents don't seem to be taking it very well, but he got an everlasting show of support from Twitter.
Info taken from the website Blast