My name’s Simon, I’m just like you. For the most part my life is totally normal. My dad is the annoyingly handsome quarterback who married the hot valedictorian. And, no, they didn’t peak in high school. I have a sister I actually like, not that I’d ever tell her that, and last year in the 200th episode of Chop2Go she decided she wanted to be a chef. And then there’s my friends. Two of them I’ve known since pretty much the beginning of time, or at least kindergarten. One of them I just met a few months ago, but it feels like I’ve known her forever. We do everything friends do, we drink way too much iced coffee, we watch bad ‘90s movies and hangout at Waffle House dreaming of college and gorging on carbs. So, like I said, I’m just like you. I have a totally perfectly normal life. Except I have one huge-ass secret. Nobody knows I’m gay.
I never, ever, ever, EVER do movie reviews and to be honest this isn’t even going to be your typical movie review of the rating and story line and blah blah. No. But stay reading for what it is going to ‘review’.
Love, Simon – It’s a comedy-drama which revolves around the 17-year-old, Simon Spier facing the struggle of coming out to his friends, family and school. He reads a post by someone and falls for this online pen-pal, also happening to be gay.
This movie is nothing short of phenomenal, inspiring and spectacular. Big props to the creators. The movie hit me hard, and really opened my eyes to how immensely difficult it is to have to come out to loved ones, and the pressure that society places on this topic. It is immensley sad how society has twisted it into something negative, when everyone deserves their own true, happy love story. Why should it matter who we fall in love with – girl, guy? It should purely matter for the person whom we fall in love with, their interior, their very soul and their entire being – not their exterior. If someone is happy loving someone of the same gender, why can’t they be happy? It may not be your preference, but they’re happy, they are in love, and their living their own fairytale out just like every single person deserves.
‘Who you are to the world is pretty terrifying because what if the world doesn’t like you?’ – Simon Spier
Accept everyone for who they are, for what they choose to believe in and most importantly for who they choose to believe in. I never truly realized how difficult it is to come out, it genuinely shook me at how hard something so simple needs to be. Why? All simply because society doesn’t accept homosexuality, but they accept heterosexuality within the blink of an eye, not even?
Last year, I had the honour to become friends with the most bubble and genuine soul. Becoming good friends with this person, they built the courage and trust in me to confide in me and come out to be that they were gay. I was so lucky to be part of the news, and so so happy for him. Not because he was my friend, but because he also deserves his own love story. But the next struggle was to come out to his parents, which was obviously a turning factor, but at the end of the day he came out and he was glad he did. Why hide behind a black curtain, when you’re allowed to stand proud for who you are, and who you are destined to be?! You deserve to be who you truly want to be, so own it. Own you. I am so proud of who he has become, he has strived so much more as a person and has truly filled his character. He’s found love, lost it, had his heart-broken but has found happiness again thereafter in life, in friends, in family. The Journey is worth it, you are worth it, your story is worth it.
Please, please, please never be afraid to be who you are, and never, ever let other people change you just because you don’t think they will accept you. If they don’t accept you, it is their loss and you deserve people who will accept you – UNCONDITIONALLY.
Be unconditionally YOU.