A U.S. TV show writer who handles an Instagram parody account featuring Britain's Prince George received backlash from his nearly-half a million followers after he posted photos that suggested the 4-year-old prince is in a gay relationship.
Gary Janetti, who has worked on shows like "Family Guy" and "Will & Grace," entertained his Instagram followers for the last few months with photos and witty captions of Prince George. His followers, however, blasted the writer for his recent posts, which featured images of the young prince taken from the wedding of his uncle Prince Harry to Meghan Markle.
"Grandma, have you met my boyfriend?" Janetti wrote in the caption for the photo featuring Queen Elizabeth and Prince George, who held hands with another pageboy, 6-year-old Jasper Dryer.
Janetti also implied the gay relationship between the pageboys in another Instagram photo.
Some of Janetti's followers called him out sexualizing the children. Others remarked that while Janetti's quips are usually funny, his latest posts were rude, offensive and disturbing.
"Children hold hands with other children at young ages out [of] joy regardless of anything stupid adults would want to assign it," one commenter said.
Janetti, who is married to celebrity stylist Brad Goreski, has not deleted the photos despite the outrage. He has also not made any comments or apology.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Janetti said that his Prince George Instagram parody account is for fun and "it's all meant with affection." He implied that Instagram followers must not take what he wrote seriously.
The little prince's sexual orientation has unfortunately been a point of controversy before. A Scottish minister suggested that Christians should be praying for Prince George to be in a same-sex relationship when he grows up so that the Church of England will soften its stance on gay marriage.
Very Rev. Kelvin Holdsworth's comment was called "unkind" and "destructive." The Scottish Episcopal Church also released a statement to clarify the minister's comment as his personal views.