Hollywood A-lister Brad Pitt is throwing his celebrity might behind himself and is threatening to sue an ‘alternative pride’ event for using his handsome mug to promote it.
We might be in the midst of flying our rainbow flags for Pride Month, but there’s a growing number of Americans asking why there isn’t a ‘Straight Pride’.
With Boston arranging Straight Pride, Pitt somehow became the face of the unofficial event. TMZ reports that the 55-year-old was made the mascot of straight pride and used on a flag for the event’s site. Considering Pitt has no official affiliation with Straight Pride and has never championed the organisation, it’s easy to see why the Fight Club and World War Z star is miffed.
The Straight Pride site once read, “The Straight Community had adopted Brad Pitt as our mascot! Congratulations to Mr. Pitt for being the face of this important civil rights movement. Straight Rights are Human rights!”
TMZ says that Pitt’s representatives told Super Happy Fun America to stop using him in their promotion of the event. It must’ve worked. If you visit the event page now, the description reads, “The Straight Community had adopted [redacted] as our mascot! Congratulations to [redacted] for being the face of this important civil rights movement. Straight Rights are Human rights!”
It’s unclear where Straight Pride is up to right now. The three organisers say it will take place some time in August and is requesting the same route as June’s Boston Pride Parade.
The lead organiser is John Hugo, a Republican who ran for U.S. Congress in 2018. Hugo is joined by Mark Shaddy, who wrote on his personal Facebook last month. Shaddy said “Boston Straight Pride Parade will happen” because the group filed a discrimination complaint and the city “understands they would lose in litigation.”
Pitt isn’t alone in his outrage. Marvel Cinematic Universe star Chris Evans aired his opinions on Twitter. Posting to the internet, Captain America wrote:
“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??'”
Evans was joined by the likes fo George Takei, Drag Queen Ginger Minj, and Whitney Cummings– also sharing their disappointment at the movement:
They're planning a "straight pride" parade in Boston, presumably to commemorate that historic moment when courageous heterosexual frat bros finally stood up to the gay cops who had been harassing and arresting them for decades.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) June 5, 2019
ATTN: Straight People. Don’t be upset that you don’t have a pride parade … be grateful you don’t need one!— Ginger Minj (@TheGingerMinj) June 4, 2019
Straight guys already have a pride parade – it’s called NASCAR— Whitney Cummings (@WhitneyCummings) June 5, 2019
Well, at least the Brad Pitt debacle has been cleared up. I’m still questioning how/why he became the mascot and how they thought he’d be okay with it.
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