In a video clip now being shared across the internet, actresses Josie Kemp and Lauren Soley stood up to a group of drunken men on a London train on Saturday night due to the group’s disrespectful and disruptive behaviour. The Les Miserables actresses, who are also a couple, were horrified with the actions of the men on the train and, after another woman tried to speak out against the sexist gang and was jeered into silence, the pair confronted the group with Josie capturing the interaction on video.
Josie explained to PinkNews that the men were causing trouble as soon as they boarded the train, allegedly “mimicking an Indian accent” of another passenger just moments after stepping foot into the carriage. She went on to discuss how the men started the sexist chant as the train left the platform, as heard in the video later posted by Josie to Youtube. The aforementioned woman telling the men to shut up can be heard at the beginning of the clip with the response of laughter and snide comments from the men before Josie and girlfriend Lauren step in to also attempt silencing the large group.
In the video Lauren can be heard arguing with the drunken men, explaining to them why their actions were wrong, sexist, homophobic and racist. The men rebutled loudly, causing even more of a disturbance egregiously denying the women’s claims, much of which had video evidence to back them up. The sexist gang went on to mock LGBT+ identities in a last ditch attempt to defend themselves as they now were aware they were being filmed while also continuing to belittle and humiliate the women on board.
After the confrontation, Josie told PinkNews that when she had sat back down one of the men shouted, “Eugh, f***ing lesbians,” clearly disregarding their insistance that they were not homophobic earlier on in the video. Similarly, as did their denials of being racist as Josie claims she spoke with an Indian man who was the passenger that the group were mocking and he told her that he was left feeling “extremely uncomfortable”.
Commenting on the situation Josie said; “It isn’t right! It’s not funny. It’s not OK. Sexist. Homophobic. Racist. Transphobic people, getting away with being hateful. We shouldn’t stand for it.” Chiltern Railways who operate the service that this incident occurred on have publicly come out to state that they do not tolerate this behaviour on their service and are encouraging people who were on the 10.40pm service travelling between Marylebone and Beaconsfield on 7 December where the incident took place or any similar disturbances to British Transport Police (BTP) by texting 61016 or or by calling 0800 40 50 40.
© 2019 GCN (Gay Community News). All rights reserved.
GCN has been a vital, free-of-charge information service for Ireland’s LGBTQ+ community since 1988.
During this global COVID pandemic, we like many other organisations have been impacted greatly in the way we can do business and produce. This means a temporary pause to our print publication and live events and so now more than ever we need your help to continue providing this community resource digitally.
GCN is a registered charity with a not-for-profit business model and we need your support. If you value having an independent LGBTQ+ media in Ireland, you can help from as little as €1.99 per month. Support Ireland’s free, independent LGBTQ+ media.
comments. Please sign in to comment.