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But the talented actor and singer, born in Colorado in 1995, is just one of a whole family of performers. He is in the group R5, along with brothers, sister, and friend.
I've had approximately 100 of their close friends and girlfriends informing me that they're heterosexual. What I can't figure out is whether they're gay-positive, heterosexist, or homophobic.
But both Riker and Rydel, the female member of R5, retweeted a tweet that complained that Glee was "gay, gay, gay, gay, gay, gay." Sounds like they're a bit homophobic. But then...he stars in Glee. Maybe it's commenting on the homophobia?
He tweeted to Riker that he was the "King of Swag," whereupon Riker told him that "Swag" means gay ("At least now you come out.") Ratliffe responded: "Swag is still cool." Homophobic or not?
So, how heterosexist are their songs? "Can't Get Enough of You" and "I Want You Bad" are loaded-down with "girl! girl! girl!", but "Without You" and "Look at Us Now" omit pronouns. And in "Never," the singer feels cold, so he gets his sweetheart's jacket wrapped around his shoulders. That sounds like a male sweetheart.
Homophobic, heterosexist, or gay-positive?