The same week that To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before premiered on Netflix in August 2018, making Israel Broussard (who plays Josh) a star, the actor was knocked off his pedestal faster than he had gotten on it, when fans unearthed some extremely upsetting and questionable tweets in his Twitter history.
Broussard’s tweets included all kinds of racist comments, like, “Hashtags don’t f***ing matter. But all lives do. Black lives matter. White lives matter. Police lives matter,” as reported by Refinery29. He even gave a “shout out to Milo,” as in Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos, according to Pride, and he tried to joke, “Dogs can sense earthquakes. Too bad Japan ate them all.” As Pride reported, Broussard also posts sexist and homophobic tweets, including, “I’m not going out for a gay role, thank you though. Haha,” and, “I usually target the insecure good looking girls with little or no self-respect for themselves.”
While Broussard did issue an apology, tweeting (via Refinery29) that he was “deeply sorry for my inappropriate and insensitive words and likes on social media,” fans weren’t having it. “Reminder: Israel Broussard is trash and we’re not going to Stan him,” wrote one, while another echoed, “I will definitely not be watching the netflix film or any film starring you any time soon.”