Magic Johnson è senza dubbio uno degli atleti più influenti del nostro tempo e non può essere facile crescere alla sua ombra. Il tre volte vincitore del premio NBA MVP è padre di tre figli: i suoi figli Andre Johnson ed EJ Johnson, così come sua figlia Elisa Johnson. Mentre i suoi altri due figli rimangono principalmente fuori dai riflettori, EJ è diventato famoso quando ha recitato in « Rich Kids of Beverly Hills ». Ha poi continuato a recitare nel suo spettacolo, « EJNYC » con sua sorella Elisa e da allora è apparso come presentatore in « Fashion Police » e « E! News ».
By then, EJ was out after TMZ captured him during a night out holding a man's hand in 2013. Magic's response was, "Cookie and I love EJ and support him in every way. We're very proud of him." Since then, EJ has become quite the influencer for the LGBTQ+ community and on his 31st birthday, his father publicly shared his pride for him.
Magic Johnson is overflowing with love for EJ
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EJ Johnson celebrated turning 31 on June 5 and his father Magic Johnson shared a heartfelt message. "Happy Birthday to my son, EJ!! I love your pure heart and creativity! Keep living your truth, it's what I love about you most! Have a great day," he penned on Instagram while sharing a picture of him and EJ at the "They Call Me Magic" premiere and another one of the two with EJ's mom Cookie Johnson.
Back in 2017, Magic shared on "The Ellen Show" how he was able to support EJ's coming out. "I think it's all about you not trying to decide what your daughter or son should be, or what you want them to become. It's all about loving them no matter who they are, what they decide to do, and when my son came out I was so happy for him and happy for us as parents. We love him and EJ is amazing," he reflected. The former Los Angeles Lakers player emphasized how important it was to support your children. "It's so many people who try to discriminate against them, so they need you to support them. Because if you don't support them, who's going to support them and love them?" Magic added. Although he is proud of his son openly coming out, Magic wasn't always so understanding of EJ being gay and it took some time to accept the news.
EJ coming out changed Magic Johnson
As an athlete, Magic Johnson naturally wondered if his sons would follow in his footsteps. When EJ came out to his family at 17 years old, it was not an easy time. "He's not somebody who works great being cornered or surprised. It was a lot for him to swallow. A lot of going back and forth," EJ said of his father, per Variety. After a few months, Magic showed EJ he had fully accepted that his son was gay during a visit to New York. "He hugged me so hard — he was, like, squeezing all the air out of me. That's when I knew, there's nothing but love here," the television personality revealed. "He changed me. He was so proud. This dude here is just so proud of who he is," Magic asserted.
During a 2013 interview with TMZ, Magic acknowledged the backlash that he and EJ got, especially from the African-American and religious communities. "We're such involved in our church, in the religion, and Cookie and I go to church every Sunday. So we're involved in that — but this is our son, so we're going to support our son, we're going to love our son," he declared. Magic predicted that EJ coming out would help many young black men, and true to his words, his son became one of the biggest representatives of the LGBTQ+ community.
EJ inspired Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade when their daughter came out as transgender
EJ Johnson ha avuto un grande impatto sulla comunità LGBTQ+. Il personaggio televisivo può ora aggiungere "attore" alla sua lista di successi, ma il suo ruolo di Michael Collins in "The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder" assume un significato speciale per lui. "È incredibile ed è davvero eccitante dare vita al personaggio e permettere ai giovani, che sono come me, o simili a me, di vedersi rappresentati. Penso che un'altra cosa grandiosa del personaggio sia che entrambi abbiamo condiviso liceo, che eravamo solo lì con il gruppo di amici", ha detto EJ a Entertainment Tonight.
L'uscita di EJ nel 2013 ha anche aiutato Gabrielle Union e Dwyane Wayde quando la loro figlia Zaya si è dichiarata transgender nel 2020. Magic Johnson ha condiviso con Entertainment Tonight: "Siamo sempre stati persone che cercano di fare la cosa giusta e fanno quello che eravamo doveva fare. In nessun modo non avremmo sostenuto nostro figlio ... E poi a causa di ciò, Dwyane e Gabs hanno detto: "Oh amico, guarda un po'". Stiamo guardando la nostra parte, facciamo le nostre cose con nostro figlio, quindi se possiamo aiutare qualcuno semplicemente essendo ciò che siamo, solo facendo la cosa giusta, è una cosa buona e potente".