Dan Levy’s fiercely proud mum claps back at childhood ‘bully punks who made his life hell’

Patrick Kelleher
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Dan Levy’s mum has trolled the “bully punks” who tormented him as a gay teenager in the most spectacular way.

The Schitt’s Creek star guest hosted Saturday Night Live (SNL) on 6 February, and his mother Deborah Divine used it as a teaching moment for those who made Levy’s life hell.

“This goes out to the bully punks at Camp WTF who made life miserable for a certain cabin-mate back in the summer of ’96 – just because he was different,” Divine tweeted shortly before Levy appeared on SNL.

“Well, after all these years, I have just seven words to say to you: ‘Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!”

Divine’s tweet racked up more than 130,000 likes, with fans of Dan Levy praising the proud mother for always being her son’s fiercest champion and defender.

This is not the first time Divine has used her platform to champion her son – she previously won the hearts of people everywhere when she reflected on raising a gay son following the Schitt’s Creek finale in 2020.

“Today I regret every single second of worry back in the uninformed 80s – wondering how the world was going to treat my brilliant little boy who loved to twirl,” she tweeted at the time. “Little did I know that he was going to kick that old world’s ass to the curb and create a brand new one.”

Dan Levy won praise for his Saturday Night Live debut.

Dan Levy’s Saturday Night Live debut was warmly received by Schitt’s Creek fans, many of whom have been missing seeing him on television screens since his series ended in 2020 after six seasons.

Levy also appeared in a number of sketches on Saturday’s episode, including one where he played a tour guide called “Thoby” who tells lesbian dinosaur jokes about Jurassic Park.

In another sketch, Levy was joined by Bowen Yang, Punkie Johnson and Kate McKinnon in a parody of the It Gets Better campaign.

In the hilarious sketch, Levy, Yang, Johnson and McKinnon play four LGBT+ people who took part in the campaign as teens in the early 2010s. All grown up, the four revealed that, yes, their lives did indeed “get better”.

For example, Yang’s character reveals that after graduating high school, he was no longer bullied “by straight people, and then I pretty much immediately started getting tormented by gay people for my taste in music”.