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Hilary Duff Re-Creates 14 Year-old ‘Don’t Say Gay’ PSA

By Lori Perkins

In 2008, Hilary Duff was at the height of her youthful career as Lizzie McGuire, and she did a public service announcement urging her viewers, who were mostly teens, to stop using the word “gay” or the phrase “that’s so gay,” as an insult.

In a new TikTok video, Duff, now a 34 year-old mother of three, has re-created the earlier PSA. In the clip posted last week, Pentatonix member Scott Hoying and his fiancé, Mark Manio, assume the roles formerly played by teen girls in the viral campaign.

“That’s so gay,” Manio tells Hoying in a voice-over as the singer tries on a skirt as a shirt.

Hoying responds, “Really?”

“Yeah, that’s so gay,” Manio repeats.

Duff, repeating her line for the original PSA, says, “You know, you really shouldn’t say that,” adding, “Say that something’s gay when you mean it’s bad. It’s insulting.”

In the caption accompanying the clip, she writes that she decided to do the remake, noting, “@Scott Hoying & @markmanio410 tying the shirt on as a skirt/top made me say yes also 14 years later -still holds up ♥️.” Hoying said the original PSA was “a culture-defining moment.”

Fans seems to agree. On Twitter, a fan commented, “i literally stopped saying that cause of this commercial,” one user wrote.


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