Prince George, the son of the U.K.'s Prince William and Kate Middleton, recently celebrated his fourth birthday. But the day before, a photograph of him looking out at helicopters in amazement went viral — in an unexpected way.
Subjects of the twitterverse came out in hoards dubbing the young prince "a gay icon."
While some of the responses were cute, many took it too far, determining themselves for the child that he was gay.
Others came to the prince's aid, reminding us that George is still a child, no matter how royal he may be. A debate ensued:
It infuriates me that so many gay men are commenting on that Prince George photo. He's a child, let him be, don't build anticipation.
— Matt Hunt (@hellomatt) July 22, 2017
You only think assigning camp to that Prince George photo is homophobic if you think that being gay or being effeminate is wrong.
— Michael Richardson (@HRFMichael) July 24, 2017
I'm EXTREMELY uncomfortable
seeing the sea of gay men
making a meme of that
Prince George photo
We should be better than that
He is a CHILD
— Adam R (@MrAdamR) July 22, 2017
These tweets about Prince George being gay is sickening.
He's four years old you nonces.
— Kev (@KevYga) July 23, 2017
Gays: I wish people would stop mocking effeminate guys!
Gays: Lets mock Prince George, a child, about his effeminate pose and call him gay!
— MoodyBast (@JamesKTaylor) July 23, 2017
V v uncomfortable with all the people sharing that photo of Prince George and calling him gay. You're sexualising a four year old...
— Alex (@alexjxmes) July 22, 2017