Brad Pitt says no way to ‘Straight Pride’ parade, so Milo Yiannopoulos steps in as grand marshal

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Conservative pundit Milo Yiannopoulos has been named the grand marshal for Boston’s “Straight Pride” parade and he couldn’t be happier.

The former Breitbart editor and controversial political commentator was named as the new mascot and parade grand marshal by the group Super Happy Fun America which is planning the event “to achieve inclusivity and spread awareness of issues impacting straights in Greater Boston and beyond.”

The openly gay Yiannopoulos accepted the invitation of the group after they were asked to remove actor Brad Pitt’s name and likeness which was originally used for the event scheduled in response to Boston’s annual gay pride parade being held Saturday.

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Pitt “was not super happy” about being associated with the organization, the president of Super Happy Fun America told the Boston Herald.

“I really like his movies and his lawyers sent us a letter asking us to take his stuff down but, you know, you’re allowed to do satire,” John Hugo said Friday of the Oscar-winning actor.

The change was announced on the group’s website.

“Due to a scheduling conflict, our former mascot is no longer available. Not to worry, we found someone younger, more handsome, and more in tune with heroic masculine virtues,” the page read, introducing Yiannopoulos.

“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,” Yiannopoulos said in a statement released by Super Happy Fun America.

“This parade is a gift to anyone, male or female, black or white—gay and transgender allies, too!—who will stand with us and celebrate the wonder and the majesty of God’s own heterosexuality,” he added. “Men, bring your most toxic selves. Women, prepare to burn your briefcases! Because it’s great to be straight, and we’re not apologizing for it any more. We’re Here, Not Queer.”

City officials have reportedly not approved the permits yet for the parade, tentatively scheduled for Aug. 31, but Boston Mayor Marty Walsh tweeted that the group is “working to amend their application.”

Super Happy Fun America set off a firestorm of backlash after announcing its planned event at the outset of LGBTQ Pride Month, getting the attention of  some famous Bostonians like “Avengers” actor Chris Evans.

He also called out the “gay/straight pride parade false equivalencies” in another tweet.

Mark Hoppus, bassist for the band Blink 182 added his voice to the outcry, announcing he would be auctioning off  one of his bass guitars for an LGBTQ charity.

Fox Nation host and conservative commentator Tomi Lahren called it “open season on straight white men” during a commentary on Super Happy Fun America’s attempt to get a permit for its event.

Straight Pride might be “intended to be a joke of sorts,” Lahren said on her online show, “First Thoughts”  Wednesday. But, she wondered, “why is it so taboo nowadays to recognize or be proud of how sexuality or traditional values in general? … I’m sick of this.”

But Boston’s mayor noted that the city can not deny a permit based on a group’s values, and he extended an invitation to visitors to attend the LGBT Pride Parade.

Super Happy Fun America plans to move ahead with its event to “celebrate the diverse history, culture, and contributions of the straight community,” and announced that Yiannopoulos will be speaking with the group’s founders in a livestream video on June 10.

“I know it’s a little ironic to have a gay conservative as our icon,” Hugo, who unsuccessfully ran in 2018 for U.S. Congress as a Republican against Democratic incumbent Katherine Clark, told the Boston Herald about Yiannopoulos, who was called “the most censored, most lied-about man in the world, banned from stepping foot on entire continents for his unapologetic commitment to free expression.”


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