- Organizers of a “Straight Pride Parade” in Boston adopted Brad Pitt as a figurehead, and described him as their “mascot” on their website Super Happy Fun America.
- A source close to Pitt told INSIDER that they hadn’t asked permission, and that Pitt contacted organizers to make them stop.
- The website now says right-wing figure Milo Yiannopoulos is their mascot.
- A tentative date for the march has been set for August 31, though Boston’s mayor said the march does not yet have a permit.
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Brad Pitt told organizers of an upcoming “Straight Pride Parade” in Boston to stop using his image on their website, a source close to Pitt confirmed to INSIDER.
The website said: “The Straight Community has adopted Brad Pitt as our mascot! Congratulations to Mr. Pitt for being the face of this important civil rights movement.
“Straight Rights are Human Rights!”
The note was followed by a promotional image from the film “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” featuring Angelina Jolie, with Pitt’s ex-wife Jennifer Aniston crudely edited into the shot pulling Pitt back by a rope.
Now, the same message remains on the website but references to Pitt have been replaced by the word “Redacted.”
A blog post claims that “due to a scheduling conflict, our former mascot is no longer available,” and has now been replaced by far-right figure Milo Yiannopoulos, who identifies as gay.
“Not to worry, we found someone younger, more handsome, and more in tune with heroic masculine virtues,” the website reads. “Milo Yiannopoulos has accepted the offer to be mascot and Grand Marshall of the parade!”
Yiannopoulos is quoted as saying: “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.”
There’s also a link to a livestream where it says Yiannopoulos will be interviewing the founders of the parade. However, the date for the talk given on the website and YouTube do not match.
Yiannopoulos’ involvement was hinted at previously when John Hugo, one of the Straight Pride Parade’s organizers, told the Washington Post that the keynote speaker would be “a very famous gay conservative.”
In an email, Yiannopoulos confirmed his affiliation with the group to INSIDER.
One of the event organizers Mark Sahady wrote on Facebook that a tentative date for the march had been set for August 31.
“We filed a discrimination complaint and it appears the City of Boston understands they would lose in litigation,” Sahady wrote. “The city is now working with us on the parade.”
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said on Twitter on Thursday that the Straight Pride Parade does not yet have a permit, but that it was “working to amend their application for permits to host a public event.”
The mayor added that “permits to host a public event are granted based on operational feasibility, not based on values or endorsements of beliefs. The City of Boston cannot deny a permit based on an organization’s values.”
The event has caused an uproar, with many high-profile figures admonishing the organizers.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted saying: “Will “Straight Pride” be a Freaky Friday type situation where all of our history books, movies, stories, media, news, etc feature mostly LGBTQ+ people & perspectives?
“Will people have to come out as straight?
“What would folks march in? Socks w/ sandals on? Dad jeans?”
Will “Straight Pride” be a Freaky Friday type situation where all of our history books, movies, stories, media, news, etc feature mostly LGBTQ+ people & perspectives?
Will people have to come out as straight?
What would folks march in? Socks w/ sandals on? Dad jeans? https://t.co/7SUiWHWRMd
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 5, 2019
“Captain America” actor Chris Evans tweeted to say: “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.”
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
Stephen Colbert filmed a segment slamming the proposed parade for “The Late Show,” which you can watch below.
The LGBT Boston Pride Parade begins at 12 pm EDT on Saturday June 8.
Super Happy Fun America did not immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment.