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'The Fosters' EP Reveals Which Storyline Got The Most Backlash

'The Fosters' EP Reveals Which Storyline Got The Most Backlash

Three years ago, The Fosters made history by featuring a kiss between Jude and Connor – it was actually the youngest same sex kiss on TV ever.

However, it was also the storyline that the show got the most backlash from too.

EP Peter Paige spoke with Advocate about the groundbreaking moment that is still talked about today.

“Jude’s coming out and particularly Jude’s first kiss…which was this beautiful, chaste, long-earned kiss with the boy who had been his best friend, who became his boyfriend— I was so invested in it,” he shared. “In a lot of ways it paralleled my own childhood, and my own story.”

He continues, “I was so invested in those characters, and it also felt earned, right, so natural and honest that I was shocked at the blowback. We got more blowback on that story than on probably anything we’ve ever done. We got more blowback on that story than on anything that happened in Queer as Folk [the breakthrough series on which Paige starred].”

He believes it was because of their age, which isn’t surprising, but he was.

“I had forgotten that there was this really false notion that gay people don’t turn gay until they’re adults,” Peter adds. “The kiss was more chaste than the kiss in My Girl. And nobody was running around screaming that the people who made that movie were pedophiles. Not only did the sick-o Internet trolls come for us, but some gay people came for us, too.”

“‘You’re making us look bad, you’re making us look like perverts,’” he recalls. “I was astounded. I went on HuffPost—they do a live show about gay issues…Even the host of that was like, ‘So, quite the scandal.’ And I was like, ‘Hi, can we not talk about it like that?’ The truth is, gay adults start out as gay kids. And we need to stop apologizing for that. We are doing gay youth and extraordinary injustice.”

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Austin North Hangs with 'Lab Rats' Buddies at JJJ's Celebration of Disney's MXYZ Collection

Austin North Hangs with 'Lab Rats' Buddies at JJJ's Celebration of Disney's MXYZ Collection

The cast of Lab Rats: Elite ForceJake Short, Bradley Steven Perry, and Paris Berelc – pose for a photo together Just Jared Jr.’s Celebration of Disney’s MXYZ Collection on Friday (June 10) at Neuehouse Hollywood in Los Angeles.

The three stars met up with their good friend Austin North while hanging out and enjoying the nice evening at the event.

Also in attendance were The Fosters stars Hayden Byerly and Gavin McIntosh along with their girlfriends Alyssa Jirrels and Brooke Sorensen.

Other young Hollywood stars stepping out included Into the BadlandsAramis Knight and girlfriend Natalie Alyn Lind, siblings duo Brielle and Thomas Barbusca, the Ochoa Boyz, Mech-X4‘s Nathaniel Potvin, and Henry Danger‘s Sean Ryan Fox.

MXYZ (pronounced Mixies) is a new mix-and-match collection available exclusively at Disney Store. The line includes drinkware, stationery, backpacks and more featuring popular Disney and Marvel characters designed with a fresh Japanese art style that is totally on-trend. It is available as of today!

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The Fosters' Gavin MacIntosh Opens Up About Connor & Jude's Future (JJJ Interview)

The Fosters' Gavin MacIntosh Opens Up About Connor & Jude's Future (JJJ Interview)

Check out this brand new interview with Gavin MacIntosh!

JJJ caught up with 16-year-old actor ahead of The Fosters premiere to chat about what we can expect from Connor and Jude (Hayden Byerly)’s relationship this season now that Connor is leaving.

The Fosters returns TONIGHT, January 25 @ 8PM on Freeform.

JustJaredJr.com: Where do we find Connor in the premiere? What’s he up to?

Gavin MacIntosh: Connor is facing a tough decision to stay with the one he loves or move where he is more accepted and can grow up and be himself. Connor seems to be going through some ‘teen’ transition, he has grown up on the show over the last few years, and this is again another step forward. Or to some fans it may seem backwards.

JJJ: What can you tell us about why Connor is leaving to live with his mom? Is it all because of his dad or are there other reasons?

GM: Connor wants to be a normal teen, Los Angeles may seem like a bigger city with less judgement. Maybe he can grow up feeling more accepted and without judgement.

Click inside to read the rest of our interview with Gavin MacIntosh… More Here! »

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Brooke Sorenson & Gavin MacIntosh Couple Up For '5th Wave' Screening

Brooke Sorenson & Gavin MacIntosh Couple Up For '5th Wave' Screening

Brooke Sorenson cozies up to boyfriend actor Gavin MacIntosh as they arrive for the The 5th Wave screening held at Pacific Theatre at The Grove on Thursday night (January 14) in Los Angeles.

The couple were joined at the AwesomenessTV hosted screening by singer Jordyn Jones.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Brooke Sorenson

“so happy I was invited to The Fifth Wave premiere tonight ?? @ChloeGMoretz you are incredible,” Jordyn wrote on Twitter after watching the new movie.

The 5th Wave hits theaters NEXT Friday, January 22nd.

10+ pics inside of Brooke, Gavin and Jordyn

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Brooke Sorensen & Ryan Newman Make It A Merry Date Night Out With Boyfriends at Knott's Berry Farm Tree Lighting

Brooke Sorensen & Ryan Newman Make It A Merry Date Night Out With Boyfriends at Knott's Berry Farm Tree Lighting

Brooke Sorensen sticks close to boyfriend Gavin MacIntosh at Knott’s Merry Farm Countdown to Christmas & Tree Lighting event held at Knott’s Berry Farm on Saturday night (December 5) in Buena Park, Calif.

The cute couple met up with Peanuts gang siblings Linus and Lucy Van Pelt before joining Ryan Newman and her boyfriend, Jack Griffo, plus WITS Academy‘s Kennedy Lea Slocum, Tyler Perez, and Ryan Cargill.

“Tons of fun hangin with Snoopy and Santa tonight at #MerryFarm @knotts,” Brooke shared on Twitter.

15+ pics inside of Brooke, Gavin, Ryan and Jack

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Brooke Sorenson Drops '3 Days' Music Video With Emery Kelly & Boyfriend Gavin MacIntosh - Watch Now!

Brooke Sorenson Drops '3 Days' Music Video With Emery Kelly & Boyfriend Gavin MacIntosh - Watch Now!

Check out this brand new music video for Brooke Sorenson‘s single “3 Days”!

The 16-year-old singer enlisted pal Emery Kelly to play her love interest – but her real-life boyfriend Gavin MacIntosh also makes a cameo. Watch below!

“3 days can apply to more than just a breakup. By surrounding yourself with the right people, you can move forward,” Brooke said in a statement. “Surrounding yourself with the right people is a life lesson and I’m learning it’s one of the keys to your happiness in this life. It’s healthy to feel your emotions so if you need to eat a container of ice cream, watch Netflix in your PJ’s for 3 days, burn the memories, surround yourself with your girlfriends or family, DO it! After 3 days, you are done and it’s time to get OVER it and move on. 3 days, you’ll be fine. ;)” – Brooke


Brooke Sorenson – “3 Days” Music Video