Wheaton, 48, took to Facebook to publicly acknowledge the number of Star Trek fans that had a crush on the actor–or his character–during the show’s run.
“Over the years, I’ve met several men who have told me that their childhood crush on Wesley Crusher was a big part of them coming out and living their lives with joy and love and pride,” Wheaton wrote. “I can not even begin to tell you how much this means to me. I love it so much that I, and some of my work, were there for people (when I didn’t even know it was happening) who needed a safe place.”
“Happy Pride,” he concluded, “you lovely and perfect humans. I, and Wesley Crusher, see you, and we absolutely adore you.”
As the post went viral, Wheaton’s wife, Anne Wheaton, also weighed in on Twitter.
Over the years, I've had men tell me they had a crush on Wesley Crusher and then immediately apologize to me for it. Don't apologize! We both love that his character helped you figure out who you are. And I love that Wil wrote a FB post about it.
Happy Pride, friends. ? pic.twitter.com/rUGM3evVwy
— Anne Wheaton (@AnneWheaton) June 5, 2021
“Over the years,” she wrote, “I’ve had men tell me that they had a crush on Wesley Crusher and then immediately apologize to me for it! Don’t apologize! We both love that his character helped you figure out who you are. Happy Pride, friends.”
Wheaton’s on-screen Star Trek mom, actress Gates McFadden, also voiced her support.
proud of my spaceson for writing this! love you for posting space daughter-in- law
— Gates McFadden (@gates_mcfadden) June 6, 2021
“Proud of my spaceson for writing this!,” McFadden tweeted. “Love you for posting space daughter-in-law.”
The Wesley Crusher character had a slight habit of getting annoying on Trek. Truth be told, that didn’t stop us from crushing on the character as adolescents ourselves. We have a feeling Wheaton’s pride wishes will make rewatching Wesley-centric episodes of the show a bit more enjoyable.