After Super Happy Fun America was ordered to remove any reference to Brad Pitt from their campaign for a straight pride parade, they have announced that Milo Yiannopoulos will take his place as ‘mascot’ and Grand Marshall.
In a statement released on Super Happy Fun America’s website, they said, “Not to worry, we found someone younger, more handsome, and more in tune with heroic masculine virtues. Milo Yiannopoulos has accepted the offer to be [sic] mascot and Grand Marshall of the parade!”
Upon his appointment as Grand Marshall, Milo Yiannopoulos said: “I might technically be a sequined and perfectly coiffed friend of Dorothy’s, but I’ve spent my entire career advocating for the rights of America’s most brutally repressed identity—straight people—so I know a thing or two about discrimination.
“This parade is a gift to anyone, male or female, black or white—gay and transgender allies, too!—who will stand with us and celebrate the wonder and the majesty of God’s own heterosexuality. Men, bring your most toxic selves. Women, prepare to burn your briefcases! Because it’s great to be straight, and we’re not apologizing for it any more. We’re Here, Not Queer.”
Yiannapoulos, a self-styled political provocateur, was fired from his position as news editor at Breitbart News over comments in which he condoned sexual abuse. Coworkers threatened to quit en masse if he was not removed.
Since May 2019, he has been permanently banned from Facebook, alongside a number of controversial figures.
Although the group have stated that ‘straight pride’ has been given permits to go ahead with the event, Boston city officials have said that they have not yet given it the green light.
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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