June is Pride month, which means LGBTQ communities around the world will be organizing parades and events to celebrate their identities and continue the fight for equal rights under the law. However, three straight men in Boston seem to misunderstand the point of the festivities, and have applied for a permit to hold a "Straight Pride" parade.
It’s LGBT pride month, but three guys in Boston want a permit for a "Straight Pride" parade https://t.co/ZREEWNn44m— The Washington Post (@The Washington Post)1559682125.0
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wasn't about to let the inane idea pass without giving it the take-down it deserves.
She responded to the news on Twitter with a burn felt by straight guys everywhere:
Will “Straight Pride” be a Freaky Friday type situation where all of our history books, movies, stories, media, new… https://t.co/0mUJaDtD2n— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1559740643.0
If you can't stand the heat, get out of the parade business!
People are like “HEY there is NOTHING wrong with dad jeans.” 😂 Exactly, Jim. Wear them with pride. I see you and a… https://t.co/4HlgSctlUt— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1559741383.0
Twitter was cracking up at AOC's zingers.
@AOC https://t.co/b3ZpE72LX8— Alex (@Alex)1559741418.0
@AOC New balances as far as the eye can see.— Dave McKellar (@Dave McKellar)1559740679.0
Many joined in the fun to throw some shade at the straight Pride organizers.
@AOC They’re gonna march in cargo shorts and Barstool shirts. 🤮— Jordan Meehan 🏳️🌈 (@Jordan Meehan 🏳️🌈)1559740786.0
@AOC The Straight Pride parade is an absurd concept. There will be lots of fragile male egos in attendance and an a… https://t.co/ibn7oNoAi4— Angela Belcamino (@Angela Belcamino)1559744046.0
Of course, the idea that straight people need a dedicated Pride event is a ridiculous one once you know the history of the occasion.
@AOC https://t.co/SQ45AjqGrg— JerseyCraig #SuperGay🏳️🌈 (@JerseyCraig #SuperGay🏳️🌈)1559740669.0
@AOC Isn't stereotyping straight people just as damaging as stereotyping anyone else?— Russell Zoloft (@Russell Zoloft)1559741073.0
@RussellZoloft @AOC Members of a marginalized community making a joke about people who have the privilege we lack i… https://t.co/HNP6rdRnh1— Norma Krautmeyer 🏳️🌈 (@Norma Krautmeyer 🏳️🌈)1559741714.0
The straight community doesn't face many of the struggles LGBTQ people do on a daily basis.
@AOC straights will recall not having to march fo their rights to marry— kenyatta yamel (@kenyatta yamel)1559741069.0
@AOC Definitely need to feature some support groups for all the teens kicked out by their families and made homeles… https://t.co/bcLInTY2Ne— Tank, Mostly 🌹 (@Tank, Mostly 🌹)1559740795.0
@AOC @AlyssaAce_ @taylorEwriting Pride is a political statement. There are countries where queer people can still… https://t.co/aLXDXLx9ts— Dawson (@Dawson)1559741560.0
And yet, whenever privileged men see a marginalized group of people with a moment dedicated to them, their first thought always seems to be "We deserve recognition too! Why don't WE have a parade in our honor?"
@AOC It's from the same people that brought you "White History Month" and "International Men's Day."— Keith Duggan (@Keith Duggan)1559740829.0
Who would even want to go to Straight Pride?
@AOC Conjuring the image of people marching in socks and sandals is a war crime FYI— Marion Teniade (@Marion Teniade)1559741102.0
Many Twitter were glad AOC called out the Bostonian men for their selfish behavior.
@AOC You're my freaking hero. Period.— Michael King 🤟🏼🌈 (@Michael King 🤟🏼🌈)1559740691.0
@AOC @AOC is SHADY and I’m here for it! 😂— Mr. Smith (@Mr. Smith)1559740905.0
Happy Pride month, everybody! LGBTQ people have come a long way since the movement began at Stonewall, but there's still lots of work to do before the world achieved true equality under the law.
@AOC This is my response to those that want "Straight Pride" https://t.co/DkmGF5wWDS— Gary Nelson[B42][TDG] (@Gary Nelson[B42][TDG])1559744758.0