• Petitioned John Stewart, Chief Executive

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John Stewart, Chief Executive

ACT OUT: Say NO to Racism at Manchester Pride

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      ACTOUT OFPRIDE

      United Kingdom

As members of Manchester’s diverse LGBTQ community, we are angered and disappointed by Manchester Pride’s decision to include ‘Queens of Pop’ in their 2013 line up.

‘Queens of Pop’ are two gay brothers who parody popular music acts, their latest target being Will.I.Am's ‘Bang Bang’. In an incredibly racist video, two white performers 'black up’ reminiscent of a minstrel show, relying on racist, homophobic slurs and jokes about HIV.

Other videos depict gross sexist stereotypes of famous popstars as women who can't "keep their legs together", shaming female sexuality, while a further video shows Beyonce being strangled by her father, once again using black face.

Many have already asked Manchester Pride to remove Queens of Pop from their line up, however they have denied this request, failing to acknowledge that this act is overtly racist, sexist, homophobic and promotes HIV-related stigma. Instead, they consider Queens of Pop to be "close to the bone" "risque satire

Pride should be an inclusive event which upholds our fight for equality and liberation. Queens of Pop undermine this and will make Pride an unsafe space which will be seen to condone racism, sexism, homophobia and HIV-related stigma. This contradicts with Manchester Pride’s mission to ‘provide opportunities for empowerment, participation, representation, access and celebration, encouraging pride, respect and partnership’.

Being part of the LGBTQ community does not mean that you are incapable of perpetuating inequality and bigotry. We, the undersigned, demand Manchester Pride re-considers its position and drops Queens of Pop from the line-up. We ask them to issue a public apology and provide a commitment to ensuring a safe and inclusive Pride committed to the joint liberation aims of our diverse communities in Manchester.

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    • Chris Reay NEWCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 12 months ago

      Danny Dyer last year, and now these idiots this year? Jeeeeez.

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    • Laura Guy LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 12 months ago

      Increasingly it is apparent across national pride events that the political has become so neglected/subsumed as to have become basically non-existent. That a performance tantamount to a minstrel act should be legitimated at any pride event shows the dangerous results of this neglect.

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    • Kevin Mantrax MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 12 months ago

      There stance is both hypocritical & racist to involve such a band!

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    • Nick Mitchell MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 12 months ago

      I'm not Black, gay or even remotely involved with Pride, but I nevertheless feel utterly appalled by the inclusion of Queens of Pop in the 2013 Pride line-up. This petition is not one of those cases of 'people not understanding postmodernism' and should absolutely not be written off as such. We are a media savvy city and have a depth of understanding of the layers of symbols and archetypes that are possible to be corroded through grossly over-inflated parody. That type of parody, if necessary at all (which is debatable), however, is designed to be presented to an audience removed enough from the appalling stereotypes depicted to understand that it's possible to laugh at bigots by showing just how ridiculously horrific the 'content' that they find funny is. It is not devised to be rammed down the throats of the very people it attempts to make look hideous (even as that attempt may be done with a positive goal in mind, which to me, seems incredibly naive and misguided anyway). Its sheer existence in mainstream society, with all its inherent bigotries, is enough to put up with. Please do not attempt to include it in an event that was modelled precisely to oust such forms of bigotry in its celebration. It would be a travesty and a sorely misguided piece of booking by an organisation that clearly does not understand how signs, signifiers and signifieds actually work in postmodern representations. And why book something you don't understand in the face of so much negative criticism?

      Regards,

      N Mitchell

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    • Clare Woolhouse PRESTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 12 months ago

      preventing homophobic, sexist and racist acts from appearing publicly, and at Pride in particular should be important to everyone

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