In another piece of news regarding the Straight Pride parade, apparently, Brad Pitt is not happy for having his pictures used as the face of the event. A source close to the Hollywood star told The Hollywood Reporter that the small group of Boston men planning a Straight Pride parade must stop using the actor’s name.
Super Happy Fun America, an apparently serious group “on behalf of the straight community,” was using Pitt’s name and image, calling him its mascot. “Congratulations to Mr Pitt for being the face of this important civil rights movement,” its site reads.
The group made headlines recently when it sought a permit for a parade in Boston out of spite for June being Pride Month for the LGBT+ community.
Pitt, who has won praise for his latest role as an ageing stuntman in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”, said in 2006 that he would only marry his then-girlfriend, Angelina Jolie, when people of all sexual orientations could do so in the US.
Pitt’s activism to overturn Proposition 8, the 2008 legislation that temporarily made same-sex marriage illegal again California, has involved substantial financial donations to the cause, as well as taking part in a staged reading of Dustin Lance Black’s play about the legislation.
On Wednesday, Marvel star and Boston native Chris Evans also gave the group a piece of his mind.
“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 tweeted to his more than 12.2 million followers. The actor added, “Wow, the number of gay/straight Pride parade false equivalencies are disappointing. … 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.”
When asked about the Straight Pride parade, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, a Democrat, declined to specifically address it, but instead focused on LGBT+ Pride in a statement to The Washington Post, saying:
“Every year, Boston hosts our annual Pride Week, where our city comes together to celebrate the diversity, strength and acceptance of our LGBT+ community. This is a special week that represents Boston’s values of love and inclusion, which are unwavering. I encourage everyone to join us in celebration this Saturday for the Pride parade and in the fight for progress and equality for all.”
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