With the sheer amount of coverage that Pride received over the past month, you may be forgiven for thinking that homophobia and hate crimes are no longer an issue. After all, if every store out there is selling rainbow adorned shirts and whatnot, love has surely won and we no longer have to fight for the rights of marginalized communities, right? Wrong. One disturbing video shared on social media this weekend proves that we've actually got a very long way to go.
After a Pride event in Barcelona, Spain, a man was targeted in a McDonald's. His "crime?" Wearing a pair of rather tiny shorts.
Last month, it seemed like the world was taken over by Pride.June was Pride month and the time for many parades, celebrations, and product tie-ins, all around the world.
Pride is often thought of as something of a party.But it's important to remember that the event has huge social importance, and actually started because of a protest against police treatment of LGBTQ people in New York.
Although some worry that Pride has lost that initial meaning.What was once seen as an important political movement now has some strong associations with more of a rowdy, party atmosphere.
Although perhaps there's a reason for this.
Imagine looking at this picture of this 109% badass and feeling anything but pride and awe. https://t.co/WGC1aEV9ad— A.R. Moxon (@A.R. Moxon)1562551152.0
Which does make some sense...Now that fewer people have a hateful or negative attitude to different types of people being in love, it seems like Pride can start to be more of celebration than a protest.
But, sadly, it's important to remember that this may not be the case.
The #Pride parade is an embarrassing freak show that reflects the decadence of a rotting civilisation. It’s suppose… https://t.co/KJeXPpTe1V— Pat Condell (@Pat Condell)1562567221.0
And there's a real danger that comes with those sorts of views.
Homophobic attack in Barcelona - Friend posts video to denounce aggression on day of Pride parade in the city https://t.co/vw7ACwoijX— Catalan News (@Catalan News)1561812304.0
Last month, Pride marches took place around the world.And, for the most part, these events seemed to go off without hitch. After all, celebrating love and expressing one's true self should hardly be a controversial movement, right?
One such parade took place in Barcelona.
More #pride Barcelona https://t.co/AzL1DemdQj— Nadhia Khan (@Nadhia Khan)1561826485.0
The turn out was incredible.Which is obviously hugely encouraging. But a recent viral video has shown the internet the darker side of expressing oneself at Pride - and it's pretty shocking.
Images of the incident quickly took the internet by storm.
via: TwitterIt was filmed by a friend of the victim of the threats, who shared it with the caption: “It is ironic that this happens on the same day as the proclamation of Pride."
It's believed that the aggressor took issue with the man's outfit.He approached the pride-goer in order to complain about the petite style of his shorts, calling the revealing outfit "disrespectful."
The man's shorts were a little on the small side.But, really, he wasn't harming anyone with his outfit and was quite simply minding his own business while on the hunt for a bite to eat.
But that didn't stop the man from getting angry.In fact, he followed his "disrespectful" comment by asking "why should I have to put up with this?" He then went into a direct threat, claiming that he could "beat the gay" out of the Pride-goer.
The Pride-goer managed to retain his cool, though.He replied to the threats with "my manner is fine, and this is a public place." He then said, "You don’t have to say anything to me. I’m just grabbing my burger and eating it."
The aggressor seemed desperate to start a fight.He repeatedly asked the Pride-goer to go outside, presumably so they could fight. In response, the man stayed calm and repeated, "I haven’t done anything to you."
The man appeared determined to incite violence."When you go out I am going to hit you so hard your queerness disappears," he claimed. Later, after being told that it's the Pride march, the aggressive man answered: "I don’t care what day it is, it is also a good day to punch you. Do you want to see?"
Here's the full video.
“Te voy a hacer heterosexual a ostias” Hoy mi amigo ha sufrido un ataque en un McDonalds de barcelona por su forma… https://t.co/l119XdnJWD— 🥀 (@🥀)1561678297.0
Many have spoken out to condemn the action.McDonald's have spoken out against the attack, claiming that they will not tolerate this sort of abuse. They also revealed that police were called to the scene, but the Pride-goer didn't want to press charges.
And that's not all.
Todo el apoyo frente a esta agresión homófoba. Barcelona es una ciudad orgullosamente diversa y defenderemos la lib… https://t.co/hQikHut4s4— Ada Colau 💜🌈🔻 (@Ada Colau 💜🌈🔻)1561714198.0