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‘Heartstopper’ cast gives finger to anti-LGBTQ protesters at London Pride Parade

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The cast of the hit Netflix show heart stopper kept spirits high during Saturday’s Pride in London parade by fingering anti-LGBTQ+ protesters and drowning out their hatred by singing and dancing to Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.”

In the videoJoe Locke, who plays lead actor Charlie Spring, and co-star Sebastian Croft raised their middle fingers at the protesters as cast members Kit Connor, Kizzy Edgell, Corinna Brown and Tobie Donovan wore flags of pride and sang and danced around them.

Their musical interlude seems to have interrupted a small altercation between a protester and a march participant.

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The cast of ‘Heartstopper’ at Pride in London. (Getty)

Locke later Posted the video on social media. “I had to do my job well,” he said.

Actor Kit Connor praised his co-stars for their “powerful” response to anti-gay protesters.

“Please give them credit for doing something so powerful,” Connor tweetedshowing that he filmed the footage.

heart stopper debuted on Netflix earlier this year to widespread acclaim. According to Varieties Trending TV chart, it has received 1.05 million engagements on Twitter and earned 100 percent on Rotten tomatoes† It also has an avid following among the young crowd.

The show is based on Alice Oseman’s webcomic eponymous series. It follows teenagers Charlie Spring (Joe Locke) and Nick Nelson (Kit Conner) as their friendship grows into something more.

Featuring a diverse cast of young LGBTQ+ actors, it explores their relationships and stories through a hopeful lens.

The cast of Heartstopper
‘Heartstopper’ shows young, diverse LGBTQ+ actors and tells important stories. (Getty)

The series’ author said she wanted the show to “inspire young people — especially LGBTQ+ youth — to be who they want to be, and to believe that they can find happiness, find love, and find friendship, because it’s is a joyful story. … everyone can get something out of it.”

heart stopper is extremely popular with all age groups, although older viewers who have seen the show have felt their joys plagued by an undercurrent of sadness after watching the show.

One Twitter user said, “So happy for the younger generations to have this representation, but also forever sad for my adolescent self, knowing what I’ve been through and still living with its effects.”

Heartstopper has been renewed for another two seasons and more songs from the webcomic are on the way, although Oseman is currently on hiatus.

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