A letter from more than 1,800 mothers of LGBTQ+ kids brought the cast of popular Canadian sitcom Schitt’s Creek to tears in a recent viral video clip.
Mothers from a “large, private Facebook group called ‘Serendipity Doo-Dah for Moms” sought to thank the cast, crew, and writers of Schitt’s Creek for promoting tolerance and love with their show. The group of over 5,000 mothers aims to “make the world a kinder, safer, more loving place for all LGBTQ people to live.”
The letter was read on a recording aired Tuesday after the series finale within a documentary segment called “Best Wishes, Warmest Regards: A Schitt’s Creek Farewell.”
Co-star Noah Reid read the heartfelt letter to his castmates at a roundtable including six of the show’s hilarious actors. Series creator and star Dan Levy took one look at the letter and was overcome by emotion.
“Your commitment to representing love and tolerance in your show is so important to families like ours,” the letter read. “Your willingness to explore, inform and educate about LGBTQ people and their relationships in an entertaining but respectful and positive manner sets a tone that is often missing.”
The letter continues:
“You have created new ways for queer viewers to see themselves represented, and in its own way, that is just as important as the battles we are still fighting. Therefore, the work you have all done on Schitt’s Creek has encouraged us greatly and given us hope about the future for our kids.”
“We sincerely believe, that shows like Schitt’s Creek will serve as a catalyst to help change the world into a kinder, safer more loving place for all LGBTQ people to live, and because of that, we will remain forever grateful. You’ve made a lot of mamma bears happy and as a result, you have a whole bunch of fans forever.”
When Reid concluded the reading, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
It’s so hard to say goodbye to Schitt’s Creek, but the show’s pro-LGBTQ+ legacy lives on.
Last year, openly gay Levy was awarded GLAAD’s Davidson/Valentini Award, in recognition of the show’s co-creator for having “made a significant difference in promoting acceptance for the LGBTQ community.”