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Rebel Wilson Comes Out On Her Own-ish Terms

June 13, 2022
EW.com, Deadline, CNN, Washington Post
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Actress Rebel Wilson revealed on Instagram that she'd found her Disney princess, but the story behind the post is causing controversy.
 Rebel Wilson Comes Out On Her Own-ish Terms

Who needs a prince when you can have a princess?

  • Australian Actress Rebel Wilson revealed that she was dating designer Ramona Agruma last Thursday, captioning an Instagram photo of the two, "I thought I was searching for a Disney Prince... but maybe what I really needed all this time was a Disney Princess."
  • The post comes during pride month, and commenters expressed their support for the actress for coming out.
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The story behind the post

  • The Australian publication, The Sydney Morning Herald, published a column in their section "private Sydney" where author Andrew Hornery revealed that the paper had given Wilson two days to comment on a story they were going to run revealing that Wilson was in a relationship with another woman.
  • In the column, Horney claims that Wilson then went on to "gazump" their story by posting her own coming out on Instagram. He called her decision to come out on her own terms instead of letting the paper break the news "underwhelming."
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Can we rewind?

  • The publication removed Hornery's column and published a new one in which the journalist writes that he did not try to "out" Wilson and claims that all stars in the column receive the same notice before something is published about their private life.
  • In the column, he writes, "To say that the Herald 'outed' Wilson is wrong... Like other mastheads do every day, we simply asked questions and included a deadline for a response. I had made no decision about whether or what to publish, and the Herald's decision about what to do would have been informed by any response Wilson supplied."
  • He also apologized for getting it "wrong" and for seemingly calling out Wilson for her choice to come out before the piece would have run.
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Rebel responds

  • Wilson thanked supporters for their reaction to her coming out, adding that she was "still reeling from the fact that a publication gave someone a deadline to out them in 2022."
  • She also revealed that she decided to come out in response to the paper planning to out her.
  • The editor of the Herald, Bevan Shields, defended the column on Twitter but wrote that the paper had "made mistakes" and would "learn from them."
  • Several writers at the Herald have written emails that are now public, saying that the column written by Hornery and Shield's response has "trashed" the publication's credibility.
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