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Aaliyah Allegedly Dragged This Romeo Must Die Costar for Homophobic Remarks

Aaliyah Allegedly Dragged Romeo Must Die Costar for Homophobic Remarks

Aaliyah Allegedly Dragged Romeo Must Die Costar for Homophobic Remarks

The late R&B legend was also a vocal LGBTQ+ ally.

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It's been almost 19 years since R&B star Aaliyah passed away, but her legacy and impact still hover over pop culture today. Zendaya, Chloe X Halle, and many more pop stars still pay homage to her music and fashion, and her presence still wields a loyal following of fans, many of them LGBTQ+. 

Eric Ferrell, Aaliyah's former hair and makeup stylist, has shared a story from the set of Romeo Must Die that he believes shows Aaliyah was indeed an advocate for LGBTQ+ people.

A fan asked Ferrell "if Aaliyah were alive today, [would] she be outspoken about Trump and the injustice from his administration?"

"OH GOD YESS!!!" Ferrell replied. "She had very strong opinions about social issues! She was very much a committed ally to the LGBTQ community. She once very forcefully checked a fellow actor who was continually taunting a gay crew member on the set of Romeo. Because the man was flamboyant, said actor thought it was funny to target him. Well, she set him straight and made him apologize in front of the entire crew."

Who was the costar? Fans speculated between all of the men in the cast, but Ferrell clarified that it wasn't "Anthony [Anderson] or Jet [Li] nor was it Delroy [Lindo]! And I’m gonna leave it at that!”

"Bet you she clocked Isaiah Washington," a fan wrote in the comments, which Ferrell later liked.  

Ferrell's like isn't exactly a firm confirmation, but it wouldn't be too hard to believe, since Washington was written off of the ABC drama Grey's Anatomy in 2007 for using a homophobic slur aimed at his castmates on that show. 

Aaliyah died in a plane crash on August 25, 2001, a little over a year after Romeo Must Die premiered. 

h/t: CheatSheet

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Taylor Henderson is a PRIDE.com contributor. This proud Texas Bama studied Media Production/Studies and Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he developed his passions for pop culture, writing, and videography. He's absolutely obsessed with Beyoncé, mangoes, and cheesy YA novels that allow him to vicariously experience the teen years he spent in the closet. He's also writing one! 

Taylor Henderson is a PRIDE.com contributor. This proud Texas Bama studied Media Production/Studies and Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he developed his passions for pop culture, writing, and videography. He's absolutely obsessed with Beyoncé, mangoes, and cheesy YA novels that allow him to vicariously experience the teen years he spent in the closet. He's also writing one!