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Schitt's Creek's Dan Levy: What If 'We Were Able to Love Out Loud?”

Schitt's Creek's Dan Levy: What If 'We Were Able to Love Out Loud?”

Eugene and Dan Levy

The gay cocreator of Schitt's Creek gave a speech about tolerance while accepting the Canadian Screen Award for Best TV Comedy. 

The beloved comedy Schitt's Creek, which features pansexual and gay characters, won the Canadian Screen Award (essentially the Canadian Emmy Awards) for Best TV Comedy on Sunday, according to the Hollywood Reporter. And cocreator and costar Dan Levy, who is gay, gave a moving speech about love before handing the mic over to his costar, cocreator, and dad Eugene Levy.

Dan Levy delivered his speech on stage with cast members including his dad, Catherine O'Hara, Annie Murphy, Chris Elliot, out actress Emily Hampshire, and Noah Reid by his side. O'Hara, who plays Moira Rose, the eccentric matriarch of the family, won the award for actress in a comedy.

"In Schitt's Creek we are writing a world that examines the transformational effects of love when the threat of hate and intolerance has been removed from the equation," Dan Levy said. "While that's not a reality for many, our goal is to shine a light out there that asks the question, What if it was? Wouldn't we all be happier if we were able to love out loud?"

The Canadian series about a wealthy family forced to relinquish their belongings and live in a tiny town they own called Schitt's Creek after their accountant has fleeced them of their money. The show is finishing its fifth season and will end with the sixth.

Schitt's Creek recently featured a heartfelt and acclaimed coming out episode for Dan Levy's character David's boyfriend Patrick (Noah Reid).

"He's done such an amazing job on this show. I'm just so proud," Eugene Levy said when his son handed the mic to him at the Canadian Screen Awards.

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