Straight Pride Parade: Marching for the “Oppressed Majority”

Straight Pride Parade: Marching for the “Oppressed Majority”

-The Straight Pride parade has officially started. -[ Chanting ] -Straight Pride parade — A celebration of
our sexual orientation just like other people
celebrate theirs. We just think it’s great
to be straight. -They even have a grand marshal,
Milo Yiannopoulos, a very controversial gay man. -Hi! -Was this a true expression
of an identity that they feel is being
oppressed currently in America? -They absolutely believe in what
they’re doing. And so do I. -What felt a little bit more
like a party and like a parade two blocks ago now feels
like a lot more tension. And even the tone
of the people marching in this parade
has shifted. [ Indistinct shouting ] -Back it up! -Are there any President Trump
supporters here today? [ Cheers and applause ] -I have no problem with people
existing as straight people, and that this rally shows
that they do not understand where we are really coming from. -The LGBT
is putting it in schools, and the counselors are telling
them it’s okay to be gay. It’s not okay to be gay. [ Indistinct shouting ] -You’ve got people
screaming and brawling and trying to tear down
public infrastructure and attack the police. My work here is done. -I am straight!
Hear me roar! [ Cheers and applause ] ♪♪ -I have just arrived in Boston. It’s Saturday
of Labor Day weekend, and I’m currently on my way to the Straight Pride parade. The founders of Straight Pride
have said they want to celebrate the contributions
of straight America and provide a space
in which straight people are able to “be themselves
and not fear persecution.” This has caused
a lot of controversy. People like the Mayor of Boston coming out voicing
their opposition. I hope it stays peaceful. The city of Boston has said they’re going to have
a massive police force here. This was something that started
a couple months ago online. I think a lot of people
thought it was a joke. They thought
it wasn’t gonna happen. They got their permits in time. And yes, in fact,
the Straight Pride parade is actually happening. And like all Pride parades,
they even have a grand marshal. You guessed it —
Milo Yiannopoulos. Yes, he’s a gay man,
and very controversial gay man. But he was invited
to be the grand marshal today. -So I’ve been practicing
my straight voice. Did I get it right?
-He is wearing a very sparkly “Make America Straight Again”
hat. -It’s all right.
I’m used to being on the bottom. I’ll have more to say later once we’ve gone
for a little walk in the sun. -I’m seeing a lot
of American flags. There is
“Don’t Tread on Me” flags. There’s the classic
Straight Pride flag, which you all know and love
as being the symbol of a man and a woman together
with pink and blue. “Straight Lives Matter.”
Oh, my gosh. Funny. The shark from the Katy Perry
video is here. “Straight lives matter” —
What does that mean to you? -All lives matter.
You know, gay lives matter, straight lives matter,
everyone’s lives matter except for socialists. -Where did you hear about
the Straight Pride parade? -Facebook.
-And when you first heard about it,
what was your initial thought? -That’s hilarious.
I’m doing it. -What was funny about it? -Because it’s never
been done before and everyone’s
gonna be pissed off even though it’s obviously
a joke. -Is it obviously a joke? -Yes.
-Grow up, will ya? Seriously. -Have a conversation, man.
-Do something about it. -This does feel like, it’s trying to not only just
troll the left, but a little bit poking fun
at gay pride. The route itself
is the exact route that the Gay Pride parade
that happened in Boston at the end of June took. I do feel like there was
a missed opportunity to have the parade route
being literally straight. You can’t deny that this is the
50th anniversary of Pride. Pride for LGBTQ people
started at Stonewall, not as a parade,
but as an expression of being in a space that a year
prior they had been beaten by members of the police force
for being gay. -But he identifies as
a Tyrannosaurus Rex. -He identifies as a shark. -He is a dinosaur
of the alt-right. -What is
the Straight Pride parade and what do you want to
publicize? -A celebration
of our sexual orientation just like other people
celebrate theirs. Straight Pride Parade, we think
it’s great to be straight. We don’t hate any other group. We just think it’s great
to be straight. So all are welcome
to come celebrate us. We got our straight allies
and our gay allies, and many are coming here
to march with us in solidarity. -There seems to be some
unhappy Americans, though. -Well, you’re gonna get that
all the time. Here we got people holding signs
that say “Nazis.” We actually have
a Jewish delegation, and we’re allowing them
to carry the flag from Israel, the Israeli national flag, because we love
our Jewish brothers and sisters. So please don’t listen
to their narrative. It’s a false narrative. -So for a while you were not
actually going to be allowed to have this march. It was an issue with permits and
that was a big turning point. -That’s why God made lawyers. -But now you
are having the parade. You’ve gotten what you wanted. So, what do you want to show,
I guess, at this hour? -We want tolerance
just like everybody else. And we have a right
to tolerance. And we’ve got a wonderful crowd, as you can hear,
they’re all riled up today. We’ve got some of
the most amazing speakers, and we’re gonna have
a terrific day, and next year in America, there’s gonna be a hundred
Straight Pride parades. -What brought you here today?
-I love Jesus with all my heart. -Yeah?
-And being straight is great. And I believe that
we have not stood up for that and that we have suppressed it
to the point where when your children
come home, automatically thinking
it’s okay to be gay, then we have not done
our parts as parents. It’s not okay to be gay. If it was okay to be gay,
how would we be here? -Kind of like
a procreation perspective? -You better believe it.
You better believe it. Yes. Yeah.
-So they’re chanting “Milo.” You know Milo is
the grand marshal of the parade? You know he’s a gay man?
-I know. -Married to a man?
-Yes. -So what do you think
about that? -Well, I’m glad he’s out here
with us today and he supports
straight marriages. But if I get a chance
to minister to anyone, I’m gonna tell him
that’s not God’s design. -Where are you from? -Davison, Michigan.
-Davison, Michigan. -Same.
-Same. So that’s kind of
not close to Boston. -No, a 20-hour drive.
-20 hours? -For some.
-Yeah. -Oh, my gosh. So what
brought you out here today? -Straight Pride.
-Okay. -His shirt says it all
right there. -What is “Dad, role model…”
Tell me about your outfit today. -It says “Dad” on it and has all sorts of
responsibilities of a dad. -And do you think that
there’s people out there who are trying to not have dads with those characteristics
or…? -Well, that would be called
toxic masculinity, wouldn’t it? -Oh, okay. Have you been
attacked for your beliefs? -No. I work with a bunch
of people just like me. -You’re amongst your kin,
your like-minded people, and I don’t want to use
the word “safe space,” but, like, in a space
in which you can look to the left and the right
and you know that the people around you
are of similar beliefs and that makes you feel
more comfortable to be yourself. -Correct. -If you believe
there are more than two genders, you should go back to school. -Can you tell me a little about
this flag that you’re holding? -Yes, it’s the flag
of Straight Pride. The pink is for girl
and it has the female symbol, and then the blue is for boy
and it has the male symbol. -Have you individually
or people that you know ever faced violence
because of your sexuality? -Not over my sexuality yet, but if it continues,
that it will. I feel that we are slowly
becoming the minority. Like, there might be more of us, but our belief
is becoming the minority. -I think we’re starting
to march. -♪ ‘Cause the flag still stands
for freedom… ♪ -Oh. I know this song. -♪ Stand up next to you
and defend her still today ♪ -Yeah. We’re starting off
with a pretty patriotic tone. -Now, it wouldn’t be
a Straight Pride parade, I think, without Santa,
so that is very exciting that he was able to come down
from the North Pole despite the objections
of the elves. [ Horn honks ] -♪ God bless… ♪
-God bless. Yep, it’s happening. The Straight Pride
has officially started. We’re now moving
through the streets. We started with
“God Bless America” and “Proud to be an American”
because a lot of people are saying
it’s about freedom of speech. And it seems like
a real fun time. -♪ Yeah, freedom ♪ -♪ Freedom ♪
-♪ Freedom ♪ -♪ Freedom ♪ ♪ Yeah, freedom ♪ ♪ Freedom ♪
-♪ Freedom ♪ -♪ Freedom ♪
-♪ Freedom ♪ -♪ Freedom, freedom ♪ -How you doing?
-I’m a bisexual…woman. Woman walking with everybody. -Do you consider yourself
an ally for straight people? -Absolutely. Straight people
throw out the same insults from the sidelines
that are being hurled today by gay people
toward straight people. Identical! I’m here to celebrate
their lifestyle. Good for them! -I definitely expected people
on both sides to be sort of upset
with each other. I don’t think I expected
the amount of people to show up. We’re starting to get into
a bit of a denser part of the parade route. What felt a little bit more
like a party and like a parade two blocks ago now feels like a lot more
tension and a lot more anger. And even the tone of the people
marching in this parade has shifted. Oh, my gosh, the crowd
just basically tripled of people who are here
to protest. How you guys doing?
Holding up? -We are feeling fine. I feel sorry
for these people, honestly. I do not hate them. Hate is what they want,
and I am sorry for them that they feel so misguided that
they think this is necessary. -Why do you think this is
existing right now in 2019? -I think it is
because they are afraid. I think they know that
because queer people have power they think that means less power
for them. It does not.
We do not want to be stronger or higher up on the ladder
than straight people. We just want
to be treated equally. And to them,
being treated equally, they think that that means
that we want more. We do not want more. And I have no problem
with people existing as straight people,
and that this rally exists shows that they do not understand
where we are really coming from. -So what do you think?
I feel like in the beginning it felt like more of a party,
and now it feels like — -That’s ’cause that’s
the antifa. They’re miserable. -Yeah? Do you feel in danger
in any way, shape, or form? -Hey, we’re willing to die
for our beliefs. -Really?
-Yes. -Wow.
That’s a big statement. -And to protect our country
and our Constitution. -At first I actually thought
that people in the parade were outnumbering
the protesters. Not in this space.
They are about 3 to 1 in terms of protesters to
actual people in the parade. So basically everyone
who was protesting is now in this
very condensed space. Cops now and protesters
seem to be facing off. [ Indistinct chanting ] ♪♪ The groups of protesters, they started to have a bit of a face-off and clash
with the police. A couple people were arrested. A lot of chanting
of “antifascist.” -Antifascist! -There is a massive crowd
of protesters behind me. There are helicopters
circling overhead. There are probably 200
police officers here in full riot gear. There is also classical music
being played. It is a very odd scene. So now we’re just waiting
for speeches to begin from members
of the Straight Pride parade. -If you are a supporter
of ours and you’re still stuck
in that crowd, make some noise. [ Silence ] -I think a little bit
due to security, there’s not a lot of people
here on the Straight Pride side. There is a lot of people who are protesting
the Straight Pride parade. So if it’s a numbers game, that side seems to be winning
at the moment. [ Indistinct shouting ] ♪♪ -[ Chanting ]
Move back! Move back! -1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8… [ Whistle blows ] ♪♪ [ Shouting continues ] -[ Chanting ]
Let them go! Let them go! -I am straight!
Here me roar! [ Cheers and applause ] [ Air horn honks ] -Move back. Turn around and go that way. [ Shouting continues ] ♪♪ -Are there any President Trump
supporters here today? [ Cheers and applause ] ♪♪ Whether you are straight and
part of the oppressed majority, or here as an ally
supporting us, we welcome you
to the greatest parade in the history of the world! [ Cheers and applause ] -♪ Get the fuck
out of our city ♪ -And what group are you with? -I’m with The Rhode Island
John Brown Gun Club, which is a community
defense organization. We do armed and unarmed security for different events
for leftist groups. -What are your thoughts
on the Straight Pride parade? -Every other day in the calendar
is Straight Pride Day. [ Indistinct chanting ] -Why did you
come out here today? -Because these people
cannot come in and pull this crap unopposed. Boston is our city. -At the beginning,
I think a lot of people were seeing this as a joke, they were making fun of it
and teasing, but obviously the other side of
this is that it’s very serious. So what is the approach? Is it to make fun of it or is it
to take what they’re doing very, very seriously? -I think there’s a lot of danger in not taking something
like this seriously. I think there’s a lot
to be said for the idea that as much as this is absurd, look, there’s not many people
up there, but there are people up there. Absurdity appeals to people, and the more people
it appeals to, the more dangerous it becomes, and the more of a platform
it’s given, the more dangerous it becomes. -They’re saying
this is just simply a “freedom of speech” thing. -Well, I mean, if you look into
the individuals who have gathered and who have
organized this parade, you’ll see that they have
a long history of putting together rallies that
are, you know, fueled by hatred. -Do you think anyone from either
side is gonna walk away feeling like they understand
the other side? -Oh, absolutely not.
-No. [ Cheers and applause ] -In case you don’t know,
I am Milo Yiannopoulos. I’m the most lied-about man
in the world, the most censored man
in the world. I’m also your personal
pet faggot. [ Cheers and applause ] I’m proud of you for coming
today and having the bravery to live as open heterosexuals
in today’s hostile society. Now, we might not be
as trendy as Gay Pride, but we have something better — women who embrace
motherhood… [ Cheers and applause ] …men who aren’t afraid to let their wild side out
now and again. We have truth, we have beauty, and we have virtue, and we have something better
than all of those things — we have me. [ Light laughter,
cheers and applause ] -Unlike other Pride parades
I’ve been to, this one really didn’t feel
that celebratory at the end. I did get to talk to some
interesting people, though. The one person
I didn’t get to talk to was maybe one of the most
controversial figures here, Milo Yiannopoulos,
the grand marshal. But luckily he’s agreed
to talk to us now, so we’re on our way
to go meet him. We’re now in the evening hours
of the Straight Pride parade. So you’re not super fresh
off the Straight Pride parade. -I always feel fresh. -You’re always refreshed.
-Always feel fresh. -So how the hell
did you get involved with the Straight Pride parade? -Well, why wouldn’t I be? I’ve been talking
about how my fellow homosexuals have embarrassed
and humiliated me for the better part
of half a decade. It’s no surprise that
they would want somebody from that side of the fence,
you know, to say, “You know what?
We’re not all like that.” Doesn’t surprise me at all. I pretty much share
all their values. I believe
in what they’re doing. And it was fun and happy and
joyful and upbeat kind of event. It just seemed
like a good joke, and I can’t really resist
a good joke, so… -Has it paid off?
How’s your joke? -Yeah, yeah, it is. I mean, if you look
at the total, like, butt-clenching insanity, and you’re just like, “Dude, we’re just laughing
at the excesses of you, this is exactly what
this was intended to produce. And you haven’t disappointed.” I’m not even getting paid.
I’m just here because — -You’re not getting paid
for this? -No, because it just sounded
like a good troll and I was like,
“All right. Sure.” -Do you think that this was
more of a performance piece for the members
of the Straight Pride group, or was this a true expression
of an identity that they feel is being
oppressed currently in America? -They absolutely believe
in what they’re doing. Are they ignorant of the ironic
and amusing overtones? Of course not. But they believe in what
they’re doing, and so do I. -Who is the most marginalized
group in America? -Straight, white men, for sure. And there’s more straight, white
men than some other groups. -Most other groups.
-Yeah. Why does that mean that
they can’t be routinely demeaned and ridiculed in culture? It’s perfectly possible for
a group that holds much of the — or allegedly holds — much of the economic
or social power to be very rapidly
defenestrated, and I think
they’re perfectly entitled to defend their position if they
feel that’s what’s happening. -If you had advice
for the other side, if they were to listen,
and if you were one of them — -Stop taking the bait. -Stop taking the bait.
-Yeah. So long as the — I mean, I shouldn’t really tell
them this, but I don’t think
they ever will, which is why I feel happy
giving them the advice because I know
they’ll never take this advice, but really stop taking the bait. I think they reveal themselves
better than my words ever could. You’ve got the people who are
laughing and singing and dancing and having a good time,
and then 200 yards that way, you’ve got people
screaming and brawling and trying to tear down
public infrastructure and attack the police. My work here is done. -Wow. Wow. Wow.
So that was Straight Pride. There were a lot of protesters. They definitely drew people out who were upset
about an organization like the Straight Pride
parade existing. And I think the question
comes to the left, what should the continued
reaction be? Do you continue
to take it as a joke? Do you take it seriously? And is there any kind of
learning or communication that can be had
where both sides start to see where the other side
is coming from? I’m just not sure that
a larger goal was accomplished other than continuing
to solidify both sides and thinking that the other side
is wrong, and that kind of sucks.

100 thoughts on “Straight Pride Parade: Marching for the “Oppressed Majority”

  1. The problem i think it is because the LGBT or that side is more expressive and more serious on the matter, that why theres more protestors since they would actually come from everywhere to defend theyre belifs at that point. Still i think everyone deserves a parade…

  2. i hate how the girl is trying to find a deeper meaning behind it but it was just people having a joke and knowing that it would get alot of attention, not that it was a targeted assault against the lgbtq as they took the same rout or some shit like that seriously people need to know how to take a joke

  3. I love those people who are feeling oppressed.
    I feel a way more oppressed as an asexual transgender than such so called straight protesters.

  4. Well I am not surprised LGBTQ pushing so hard that actually beeing straight looks like its something bad. We have to be listening minorities. What the nonsense. Why straight people cant have their day to celebrate what they are? It would be even easier for kids. Pick whatever you want because current situation is showing us they r pressured to be something may be they are not. I fully agree with this or BAN it all.

  5. Pathetic sexuality isn't something to be pride over.
    That can fool people to want to be gay even of they aren't , because they whant to belong in the pride
    And vice versa have straight pride as solution is no good solution ban it all
    Especially kids no no pride is so wrong that something everyone needs to figure out on their own.

  6. A straight pride parade? Really? This is so stupid. I feel like most of them are clinging to their last straw of their manhood.

  7. Lmaoooo everyone who participated in the parade are fucking weird straight ppl don’t need a damn parade y’all had nothing to be pushed out of community’s , families and more for being who you are and the grand marshal is a dumb ass

  8. Milo is like real like moriarty from Sherlock, or V from V for Vendetta. He just wants chaos, but oh is it so satisfying!

  9. Hey Vice, what’s it like falling for such a blatant troll like a straight-pride parade?
    Well, I guess it’s not only you, but all the other ‘activists’ protesting this parade.

  10. That blonde girl at 10:07 really is the true voice of the LGBT community. Her wisdom gives direction to what the protest against the Straight Pride Parade is.

  11. Seriously, the LGBTQA+ community doesn't send hate to the straight community. Pride parades exist because we're being mistreated by people who are saying that gays are a disgrace and should be put in jail. Last time I checked, the LGBTQA+ community doesn't think straight people are sinners.

  12. They are clearly trolling. Milo Yianopoulis is there and he's a professional troll so it's clearly all for a joke and just to rial up people!

  13. Gay people, you already have full rights and pride to be gay. Why are you mad when straight people celebrate? I don't get it.

  14. Very peaceful the allegedly oppressed minority, as soon as others do the same get to the streets to protest for their rights, they being attacked, LGBTQ and the left extremists are fucking hypocrites!

  15. See they were fine until the violent gay people ruined it. Their either no longer allowed to come when we hold events or we will ruin every single one of theirs

  16. Has ignorance gone this far? They’ve never been oppressed and their acting like they need a parade! These straight white men will never understand they have never suffered like people in my community shame on them and shame on the ignorant politicians who support it and shame on the President for not condemning his dumb supporters for doing this bullshit!

  17. This piece is devoid of truth. Matson, you got played. But, hey, you got a ton of views and made money, so win win right…

  18. Bothten ith ourth!

    Defenestrated: thrown out a window.

    We have a word for that, but we don't have a word for "the day after tomorrow."

  19. We’re sick of having LGBTQ crammed down our throat. How about the people that don’t want to be referred to as male or female? Some of us don’t want to be referred to as they or them.

  20. Ok, what a lot of straight people have to understand is that Pride Parade is inclusive of straight pride. Like, the center of focus is LGBTIAPD+, but we still include you.
    And the LGBT community in the comments ((I’m Pan, don’t attack please. This is an opinion)) have to understand that it’s a amazing thing that they have straight pride. They are celebrating the fact that they don’t have millions upon billions of people discriminating against them. You have to understand that they are celebrating the fact that they don’t have to wake up everyday to see another law maker banning LGBTQ. They should be proud.
    But then again, doing all this is just segregating the straight people from pride month, which is about inclusion, which all straight people are apart of.

    This is just an opinion, once again, don’t attack me please!

  21. This was a complete shitshow

    Not the Parade, but the Vice Documentary.

    How does this woman have confidence to talk on camera?

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