Nineteen-year-old actor Matt Bennett,
co-star of the Nickelodeon teen sitcom Victorious, is standing
up for his gay male friends.
Bennett has recorded a video for fellow
Victorious co-star Avan Jogia's Straight
But Not Narrow campaign.
“Hey guys, I'm here today to give you
a message from Straight But Not Narrow,” Bennett says in his
one-minute-forty-one-second video, the campaign's longest to date.
“Now, let me tell you, I have a lot of gay friends and I don't see
anything wrong with that.”
“I think that everybody deserves a
fair shot and an equal life. So don't discriminate against people.
Just not cool.”
“I'm also a big fan of some artists
who are openly gay: Keith Haring, Michael Stipe, John Cameron
Mitchell, and whoever wrote Burlesque.”
“So, whether you like guys or girls
or both or neither, it doesn't matter. It's your life. Live it the
way you want to,” Bennett adds. (The video is embedded in the
right panel of this page.)
Jogia, 19, who plays Ben Stark on
cabler Syfy's Battlestar Galactica spinoff Caprica and
Beck Oliver on the Nickelodeon teen sitcom Victorious, launched
his Straight But Not Narrow campaign earlier this month with a video
featuring himself. Josh
Hutcherson of the lesbian moms movie The
Kids Are All Right has also
recorded a video for the campaign.