Student’s tweet criticising ‘I’m straight sorry’ t-shirts at Brighton Pride goes viral
A PhD student’s tweet criticising two girls for wearing t-shirts printed with the phrase “I’m straight sorry” at Brighton and Hove Pride has gone viral.
Zoé Vincent-Mistiaen, who is also an LGBT+ activist, told PinkNews that she saw the two girls coming out of the dance tent at the Brighton Pride Festival in Preston Park on Saturday.
Taking to Twitter afterwards, she wrote: “I saw two girls with ‘i’m straight sorry’ on the back of their tops at brighton pride yday lmao if ur gonna treat an lgbtq event -that is still a protest- as a cheap festival pls don’t be so obnoxious [sic].”
The post has been re-tweeted more than 5,000 times.
“I don’t know who they are – I just saw them coming out of the dance tent,” Vincent-Mistiaen told PinkNews.
“I don’t like the idea of judging [or] policing someone’s gender or sexuality: of course straight trans people, bisexuals in heterosexual relationships and straight allies are all welcome at pride.
“But those t shirts were offensive to me ’cause I didn’t think a member of the LGBTQ community or straight ally would be so disgusted at the possibility of being hit on by a woman [that] they have to wear it on a t-shirt at a pride event.”
Britney Spears headlined the Brighton Pride Festival on Saturday night, with other sets from Ella Eyre and Pixie Lott.
Vincent-Mistiaen said she had received messages of support following her tweet, but that she had also been sent abuse.
i saw two girls with “i’m straight sorry” on the back of their tops at brighton pride yday lmao if ur gonna treat an lgbtq event -that is still a protest- as a cheap festival pls don’t be so obnoxious
— zv.info (@rat__spit) August 5, 2018
“[I’ve had] of people agreeing that maybe Britney became the focal point of the event with lots of straight people treating it like a cheap music festival without understanding the history or meaning of pride,” she told PinkNews.
“Had quite a few trolls too but I’m not engaging.”
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