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‘Heartstopper’ cast give middle finger to homophobic protestors at Pride march

Joe Locke and co. waved rainbow flags and danced to Whitney Houston on the streets of London

By Tom Skinner

a press shot of the cast of Netflix's 'Heartstopper'
The cast of 'Heartstopper'. CREDIT: Netflix

The cast of Heartstopper were seen giving the middle finger to homophobic protestors at the Pride in London march this weekend.

The actors from the hit LGBTQ teen series, which arrived on Netflix in April, attended Pride’s 50th anniversary event in the capital on Saturday (July 2).

As The Independent reports, the group consisted of Joe Locke (who plays Charlie Spring), Jenny Walser (Tori Spring), Kit Connor (Nick Nelson), Sebastian Croft (Benjamin “Ben” Hope), Tobie Donovan (Isaac Henderson), Corinna Brown ( Tara Jones) and Kizzy Edgell (Darcy Olsson).

In footage captured by Sky News journalist Scott Beasley, the cast – who were donning rainbow Pride flags – are seen coming into contact with a group of anti-LGBTQ protestors as Whitney Houston’s ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ played out in the background.

One Pride supporter attempted to take a sign from the homophobic group while the Heartstopper actors gave the middle finger and danced behind.

“The stars of Heartstopper absolutely loving it as anti-LGBT protesters are challenged by a young Pride supporter #Pride,” Beasley captioned the clip, which has since gone viral on Twitter.

At the time of writing, the video has registered over 83,000 ‘likes’ and has been re-tweeted more than 21,000 times on the platform. You can watch it below.

It comes after Heartstopper‘s Locke and Connor appeared on a special Pride edition of Celebrity Gogglebox on Friday night (July 1) along with their co-stars Yasmin Finney and William Gao. Self Esteem and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK‘s Bimini Bon Boulash also shared a sofa on the episode.

A synopsis of Heartstopper, which consists of eight 30-minute episodes, reads: “Heartstopper is the story of Charlie (Joe Locke) and Nick (Kit Connor) who meet at an all-boys school, become friends, and quickly discover a romance is blossoming between them. Over the series Charlie and Nick fall head over heels for each other.

“Along the way they realise there is a strong community of allies and friends around them, helping them to access their authentic selves, but also teaching them there is no ‘right way’ to come out.”

Back in May, Netflix announced that Heartstopper had been renewed for two more seasons. A release date for the next run of episodes is not yet known.