Tag Archive: homophobia

Pretending to care

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker was always going to be controversial. But now it’s controversial because of something that really shouldn’t be controversial – gay people’s existence.

Full disclosure – I have not yet been able to see The Rise Of Skywalker so please don’t spoil it in the comments for the two of you that might actually comment.

Anyway, The Rise Of Skywalker features a scene where two minor characters of the gender kiss. From what I can tell from twitter, it’s a moment that’s very easy to miss.

Which isn’t really good enough. However, regardless of being not enough, any LGBT representation is still a step in the right direction. So I would have been happy with Disney here had that scene not been removed for showings in Singapore and Dubai.

That tells you everything you need to know. Disney will act like they care about and support the LGBT community – unless it means they miss out homophobes’ money. This is a company that made 19 billion dollars in 2019’s fourth quarter. They can afford to have the smallest amount of a spine.

I’ll leave you on this tweet that perfectly sums up the situation:

Israel Folau and free speech

Australian rugby star Israel Folau was controversial again yesterday, sharing a homophobic video on twitter.  

This comes about a month after Folau stirred the pot of controversy by stating that all gays are going to “HELL.”

Ugh.

What do you do in this scenario?

On one hand, Israel Folau has his right to free speech. But he’s also an extremely influential person, and teaching homophobia is not something society needs.

So you could say that he’s a criminal with hate speech. But where do you draw the line? What constitutes hate speech?

It’s an extremely murky situation.

If anyone has an idea of what the right course of action here is, let me know. Because I certainly don’t.

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