Count Chris Evans as one of the critics of Boston’s planned “Straight Pride” parade.
The Massachusetts group Super Happy Fun America, organized by three men who claim to advocate “on behalf of the straight community,” announced plans to gather in Boston on Aug. 31 for a competing event to the city’s LGBT Pride Parade set for Saturday, with the group’s vice president Mark Sahady writing in a Facebook post, “We will have the streets closed and be allowed floats and vehicles. This is our chance to have a patriotic parade in Boston as we celebrate straight pride.”
The former Captain America didn’t respond warmly to Super Happy Fun America’s plans, tweeting on Wednesday, “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??”
“Wow, the number gay/straight pride parade false equivalencies are disappointing,” he added. “Instead of going immediately to anger(which is actually just fear of what you don’t understand)take a moment to search for empathy and growth.”
Wow, the number gay/straight pride parade false equivalencies are disappointing. For those who don’t understand the difference, see below. Instead of going immediately to anger(which is actually just fear of what you don’t understand)take a moment to search for empathy and growth https://t.co/e98K0Z150T
The internet responded with plenty of reaction photos and GIFs cheering on Evans’ posts.
Look at my king snap!! pic.twitter.com/j1J18kQS5W
One commenter criticized his choice of wording.
“Chris…no,” one tweet read. “Please don’t blame homophobia on people being secretly gay. This is a worn out old trope and it essentially blames gay people for our own problems. Love you, but no.”
“I don’t think that was his overall intention,” a fan tweeted in response. “He meant that the fear of having non heterosexual thoughts cripples these straight men into homophobia because society hasn’t allowed/taught men to deal with their emotions properly. (not excusing homophobia, its 100% awful)”
On its website, Super Happy Fun America claims one of Evans’ Hollywood peers, Brad Pitt, as its mascot, calling him “a hero to straight men all around the world.”
Related: Why we have LGBTQ Pride and not ‘Straight Pride’
Contributing: N’dea Yancey-Bragg and Joey Garrison
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