The streaming giant Netflix had a strong and swift response for the organisers of Straight Pride after they included the company’s logo on their website hinting it was a potential sponsor.
Netflix said: “You should know that we’re unafraid of bullies. Our legal department is here, it’s queer, and it’s telling you to steer clear.”
The group in question, Super Happy Fun America, are planning a controversial Straight Pride Parade in Boston for August, claiming it is a civil rights movement defending the rights of straight people. Critics have called the Parade offensive.
Netflix called the inclusion of their logo on the site “gross and deeply hurtful,” as well as “deceptive misinformation”. The company said it would consider further legal action if the organisers did not immediately remove all mention within 24 hours. “Netflix has nothing to do with your organisation or event. Indeed, it’s telling that you feel the need to lie to gain legitimacy.”
The Netflix legal team said the event “is about hate, not pride.”
John Hugo, one of the Straight Pride organisers and a former Republican Congressional candidate for Massachusetts, told CNN Business:
“We are appalled at the hateful and bigoted email issued by Netflix. By their highly irresponsible statements, they effectively demonstrate the serious need for our civil rights movement. We believed that they would jump at the opportunity to become involved…it appears that their legal department is staffed by gay supremacists.”
It is not the first time the organisation has given false information regarding supporters. A few weeks ago they used Brad Pitt’s name and image, calling him its mascot. The actor was not happy about it and demanded they remove his image.
Fellow actor, Chris Evans joined the cacophony of voices taking issue with the concept of straight pride with a tweet to his 12 million plus followers.
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?? https://t.co/gaBWtq2PaL
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) June 5, 2019
A few months ago, Axe body spray passionately defended LGBT+ rights and said it wouldn’t be at Straight Pride.
“We’ll be at the parade that matters and this one isn’t it,” Axe tweeted.
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