… but not against our own community.
And that’s how I feel right now. Yesterday I did a little research into the acts playing at Glasgow Pride, getting excited, looking forward to the protest march, meeting my friends and celebrating our community! I looked through the line-up and realised Heather Small is playing (I love Heather Small) and then noticed that the ‘Queens of Pop’ were also performing. Now not having heard of them before I popped them into YouTube, and from there my day got progressively worse.
Yes, in case you were wondering, that is a white man ‘blacked up’ to take the piss out of a black man. All together now, can everyone say “privilege”?
What I found was a bit fat dose of what I like to think of as anti-pride. As I have written before, to me Pride is about celebrating how strong we are in the face of adversity. It’s a beautiful, positive space where our community comes together to celebrate all we have achieved. The Queens of Pop however, seem to me to be the total opposite of this. In particular they take pleasure in taking the piss out of people with AIDS, black people, women, and domestic abuse. Woo!?
This is Beyonce being physically abused by her dad. You see how this is funny, right?
I understand that the Queens of Pop are a very popular act at various venues. But I just don’t see how their negativity fits with being proud ourselves. It seems very simply that the Queens of Pop are picking on people less privileged than themselves (whether that be because of sex, race, HIV status), to give their audiences pleasure. I think it’s wrong to celebrate our own strengths and triumphs with the oppression of others.
If after your own YouTube research you feel similarly, do something about it! I would urge you to get in touch with the Pride Glasgow organisers either by messaging them: http://www.prideglasgow.co.uk/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=142 or tweeting at them: @prideglasgow or via facebook: http://www.facebook.com/prideglasgow. And, they are also playing at Manchester Pride who can be emailed here: http://www.manchesterpride.com/contact/
And if by the end of this you feel like you need cheering up, here is Heather to keep us on track for a fabulous Pride!
Keep Pride something we can be proud of.