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.