It’s Pride Month, which means thousands of people are celebrating the history and involvement of the LGBT Community. So why is there such big talk of a straight pride parade?
Yes, straight pride. In Boston no less, which is known for having a large LGBT community. The parade is proposed to happen on August 31, and will supposedly follow a similar route to a previous LGBT Pride parade. Many public figures have been taking this opportunity to speak out about the concept of “straight pride.”
One of the most notable tweets about it can be found on the Smash Mouth Twitter, where they tweeted, “Straight Pride Parade????? F*** OFF!!!!!!!!” Uncensored, of course; this is Smash Mouth, after all. If you don’t know, they’re responsible for the song “I’m a Believer” from the Shrek movie, along with many other popular songs. In fact, many people responded to their tweet, paraphrasing their song “All-Star” to be about LGBT rights.
Stephen Colbert had something to say about it as well in an episode of “The Late Show.”
“If you’re wondering the difference between the Gay Pride Parade and the Straight Pride Parade, the Gay Pride Parade will have women at it,” Colbert stated.
Colbert also took note on the group’s name, Super Happy Fun America, saying, “Wait a second, have you seen a pride parade? That is super happy fun America!”
The Super Happy Fun America group has even dragged unwilling people into its drama. According to PEOPLE Magazine, Brad Pitt “ordered Super Happy Fun America, the organization behind the parade, to take down his name and image from its website, a source close to the actor with knowledge of the incident confirms to PEOPLE.”
The Boston Herald also reported on it, where John Hugo (President of Super Happy Fun America) told them Pitt “was not super happy.”
Hugo also stated, “I really like his movies and his lawyers sent us a letter asking us to take his stuff down, but, you know, you’re allowed to do satire.”
Another actor who decided to take a stand against the parade is Chris Evans, who tweeted, “Wow! Cool initiative, fellas! Just a thought, instead of ‘Straight Pride’ parade, how about this: The ‘desperately trying to bury our own gay thoughts by being homophobic because no one taught us how to access our emotions as children’ parade? Whatta ya think? Too on the nose??”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez herself even tweeted, “Will ‘Straight Pride’ be a Freaky Friday type situation where all of our history books, movies, stories, media, news, etc. feature mostly LGBTQ+ people & perspectives? Will people have to come out as straight? What would folks march in? Socks w/ sandals on? Dad jeans?”
She later followed it up with another tweet, saying, “People are like ‘HEY there is NOTHING wrong with dad jeans.’ Exactly, Jim. Wear them with pride. I see you and affirm you. Take to the streets on this special day.”
As if it couldn’t get any more controversial, the parade has recently announced its Grand Marshal, Milo Yiannopoulos. Yes, he’s gay. Yes, he’s extremely conservative. Yes, he’s banned from Australia.
It really seems like Yiannopoulos just threw a few darts at a board, looking for things to describe himself with.
Yiannopoulos was banned from Australia after his comments about the New Zealand mosque shootings. He called Islam a “barbaric, alien” religious culture, and Australian Immigration Minister David Coleman called his comments “appalling and foment hatred and division.” That all sounds very “super happy fun,” so I can see why they chose Yiannopoulos as the mascot for their parade.
In a Twitter thread, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh explained that the city cannot deny the group a permit for the parade based solely on their values. “Boston’s values are clear: respect, diversity, and acceptance of all … Whatever outside groups may try do, our values won’t change. I invite each and every person to stand with us, and show that love will always prevail.”
Whether or not the parade will actually happen is unclear, but Super Happy Fun America is definitely trying their hardest to make it happen. As it stands, the mere notion of the parade has already caused a stir in the LGBT community. Were the parade actually to happen, it may just tip the entire pot.
Straight pride parade or no, at least we can rely on Stephen Colbert to give us some entertaining commentary about it.