There are always those men who hate when anyone else has something for themselves. The ones who, when a local club announces a ladies’ night, complain, “Why isn’t there a MEN’S night??” And the ones who, on International Women’s Day, whine, “But why isn’t there one for MEN?” (There is.)
What these men don’t understand is that thanks to the patriarchy, basically every day IS men’s day. Cis, straight, white men still rule the world, and having a day or a parade to honor someone is not going to take that away from them.
But that didn’t stop a group of Boston men, known as Super Happy Fun America, from planning a “Straight Pride Parade” for the end of August, because LGBTQIA+ people get to have one in June (which is Pride month). Yes, that’s right, these men are upset that gay people get their own parade and they want one of their own.
They filed a discrimination case (long sigh) in order to obtain permission to fly a Straight Pride flag, and it seems like they might get their way (surprise!)
It’s LGBT pride month, but three guys in Boston want a permit for a "Straight Pride" parade https://t.co/ZREEWNn44m— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) June 4, 2019
The announcement was met with jeers on Twitter, and some celebrities stepped up to share their views on the inanity. One such celeb was Chris “Captain America” Evans, who tweeted about this group’s obvious homophobia.
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
In another tweet, Evans also pointed out how having a “straight pride” and “LGBTQIA+” are NOT the same thing, because straight people have never been treated the same way queer people have—stigmatized, marginalized, met with discrimination and often violence.
Wow, the number gay/straight pride parade false equivalencies are disappointing. For those who don’t understand the difference, see below. 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 https://t.co/e98K0Z150T— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) June 5, 2019
People on Twitter loved Evans’ response.
Chris, I love you
— Luke Waltham (@lukewaltham) June 5, 2019
you really snapped here thank you for this tweet
— maddie (@spnmaddie) June 5, 2019
i don’t know a better man pic.twitter.com/UMSJldVp99
— ⍟ (@spideysheroes) June 5, 2019
CHRIS EVANS FOR PRESIDENT
— dhar ⍟ (@romjlhemnani) June 5, 2019
YOU ABSOLUTE LEGEND I FUCKING LOVE YOU
— ana (@mcubabe) June 5, 2019
i stan a prudent king
— anna (@darkerlovato) June 5, 2019
Imagine getting poo-ed on by Captain America like this in front of millions of people!!! Go get em, Cap!
— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) June 5, 2019
Of course, because Twitter is Twitter, at least a few people tried to pull out the ol’ “Hollywood stars shouldn’t talk politics” nonsense.
I mean I know it’s jokes mostly but this is what I don’t get about America…
How do you always say this, it’s not even funny…
Like, leave the job of a president to politicians and not to some famous individual who has more idea of what is morally right than your current one
— Mendicantbias859 (@Mendicantbias81) June 5, 2019
But those people were shut down with a quickness, too.
You must be fun at parties
— Prideful Dodo 🏳️🌈 (@Hostile_Dodo) June 5, 2019
So let that be a lesson to you, Super Happy Whatever Whatever—you don’t need a Straight Pride parade because every day is already Straight Pride. It’s okay to celebrate other people sometimes, too.