Politician wants to hire bathroom police to keep out homosexuals, paedophiles and pigeons
A politician on the Isle of Wight says he wants to hire bathroom attendants to keep out homosexuals and pigeons.
Cllr Chris Dupre, an independent councillor who sits on Sandown Town Council, made the comments to the Isle of Wight County Press.
Speaking about the local public toilets, he said: “What we need is attendants to stop paedophiles, homosexuals, pigeons and all sorts going on in there.”
Dupre suggested that hiring an attendant would be a more efficient solution than current pest control plans.
The comments have been condemned by the local LGBT community.
A gay local resident who did not wish to be named told PinkNews: “We do have a gay community on the island who are appalled by this”.
He added that people feel “upset and fear being targeted.”
Meanwhile, the Isle of Wight Gay Men’s Chorus spoke out against the comments.
The group said that “likening Homosexuals to Paedophiles is extremely offensive”, suggesting Cllr Dupre clarify how he would “spot what a homosexual actually looks like so he can ban them from his precious toilets”.
They added: “We also wish to extend an open invitation to Cllr Chris Dupre to our forthcoming Summer Concert so that he can discover we have better things to do with our time than hang around Sandown Public Toilets.”
PinkNews has contacted local birdwatching groups for comment. (Editorial note: No we haven’t.)
The Isle of Wight, located off the Hampshire coast, has a population of 140,000.
Actress Emma Thompson famously upset Isle of Wight residents in 2010 after joking that they stone gay people and shoot the Irish.
She made the quip when TV host Craig Ferguson described Santa Catalina, an island off the California coast, as “”kind of like the Isle of Wight”.
She joked: “Oh, so they stone homosexuals there? Nice.
“I think they are still allowed to flog them, which of course some of them enjoy. I think they are allowed to shoot Irish or Scottish people if they arrive on the island – it is still in the rules.
“They are allowed to torture people. It’s lovely, you should go.”