Apparently some douchebags at a July 4th parade in Telluride, CO thought it would be funny to parody gay pride parades with their own “straight pride parade,” according to the Telluride Daily Planet. In what was meant as a “satire of the over-the-top gay pride parades in cities like New York or San Francisco,” participants “whooped and waved and kissed in the middle of main street (girls kissing boys, naturally). But it was the group’s signs that most rankled some on the sidelines. Some seemed innocent enough (one said, simply, ‘I like boys’) but others were less gentle, saying ‘I’m Over the Rainbow’ or ‘Not in my Backdoor.”
Not surprisingly, many attending the parade were offended, calling the Straight Priders “inappropriate” and a “hate group.” The douchebags’ defense was that it was only meant as a joke.
Wow, these comedians sure have taken originality to a new level. Making fun of “over the top” gay pride is simply a justification to once again pigeonhole gays as “the other” and laugh at what they consider an abnormal lifestyle. What might on the surface seem like “good fun” could easily be seen for what it is beneath the surface – if any of these dipshits had taken two seconds to rub two brain cells together.
What’s so offensive about this playful bunch of pranksters’ tongue-in-cheek performance art? Perhaps the fact that gay pride parades actually mean something to most gays and lesbians. It’s a chance to come out in public, at least for a day, and celebrate our diversity and be proud of who we are. What is the meaning of a straight pride parade? Simply a majority mocking a minority.
Would these fun-loving geniuses support a “white pride parade” as a satire of “over the top” black events (such as the Million Man March)? I suppose so, if they were members of the Klan, and I’m sure none of them would admit to being affiliated with such an extreme hate group. So how does this joke differ from the actions of a hate group? Hm, good question. Maybe it looked good on paper?