Can you believe it?!
One is that he looks like gay Jesus, with his long hair and beard.
Another is his unabashed witticisms (some of which are captured in this book The Little Book of Sass: The Wit and Wisdom of Jonathan Van Ness), à la “Who gave US permission?!” and “Can you believe?!”
So when he took to Twitter to share a photo of himself at 19, seemingly devoid of all of those things:
Here’s a pic of 19 year old short hair me to give you a laugh on this otherwise much to be pissed off about Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/ZQsDiooUZv
— Jonathan Van Ness (@jvn) May 8, 2019
The internet couldn’t quite believe their eyes.
You look like you just joined the local theatre group Hahahaha amazing pic.twitter.com/6mdaI5nI4w
— Maddison 🙃 (@SincerelyMadds_) May 8, 2019
how do you look younger now papi
— rachel zegler (@rachelzegler) May 8, 2019
We want to talk about that fuzzy moment happening on your chin hunny.
— Mannknizzle (@ManniKnits) May 8, 2019
I feel like this is something we were never meant to see. Image from another timeline
— chaz 🛡🌸 (@realchazzario) May 8, 2019
It really goes against everything we hold true and dear about Jonathan Van Ness.
While he was growing up in conservative Quincy, IL, it looks like he hadn’t yet embraced the gender-non-conforming look we’ve come to expect from him.
…And probably why fans are so taken aback.
You and Steve-O would make beautiful babies.
— Robert Hitchcock (@RobertHitchc0ck) May 8, 2019
YOU HAD A SOUL PATCH
— Bri Davis ✨ (@brdavis_13) May 8, 2019
Tom? How's MySpace going?
— Will 'MisterWoodhouse' Kavanagh (@mistahwoodhouse) May 8, 2019
— Justin Randall (@imjustinrandall) May 8, 2019
He was such a cutie at 19, too.
Ugh, JVN, stop being so perfect!
You have such a great smile.
— MsJLynn (@JLynnDC) May 8, 2019
Wait this isn't the lead singer of, like, Vertical Horizon or Hoobastank? https://t.co/IroCMFlLGo
— Chris Threadman (@ChrisDStedman) May 8, 2019
Hope this brightened up your day.