Pride parades and events are meant to commemorate the gay struggle, our ongoing fight for rights, and show how we no longer (ish) need to hide ourselves for just being who we are. But it’s kind of turned into something more money-grubbing and capitalist. As most things end up. Well, Lady Bunny wants us to know that it’s starting to get a bit too much and she’s calling us gays out for giving in to the pandering. Taylor Swift just crossed Lady Bunny’s name off the list of gay special guests to bring out on her next tour.
Page Six says Lady Bunny is dragging us gays this Pride season. While Pride is supposed to be about changing social consciousness and moving human rights forward, there’s a lot of “Human rights! Sponsored by SPRINT” going on:
“A lot of the floats now are Sprint and Red Bull, or corporations with straight bodybuilders playing music that they think gay people will like. It seems more of a marketing thing than a march. They televise the parade and the broadcast mainly includes the big corporate floats [not] civic-minded groups.”
Listen, Bunny, leave the bodybuilders alone. I don’t care if they’re straight, but last year, the guys who were hired by this Canadian bank to walk around the Toronto Pride parade shirtless and get people to sign up for accounts were not as buff as the prior year and I don’t need you contributing to that.
She continued by saying that maybe our dire political situation might make the gays wake up to the struggle (good luck with that one):
“There has always been a dialogue of: Is this parade a march for our rights, or is it a parade with balloons and confetti? Some feel it’s gone too far in the direction of confetti. Maybe because of political developments, they feel it’s time to renew our commitment to the struggle.”
Lady Bunny is going to walk in the Reclaim Pride Coalition March, which will have “no corporate floats.”
Even though Lady Bunny is dragging us gays for all the corporate shills we allow, she’s also not going to let her social consciousness get in the way of securing her bag, honey. She admits that she will ride on a sponsored float at Pride and will also DJ at a RuPaul’s Drag Race party.
“I’m doing everything I possibly can.”
Listen, don’t let your social justice make you go broke, Bunny. Do your hypocritical thang, mama.
But let’s be real: this Pride shit has been corporate. I noticed the other day that Xbox had a rainbow twitter icon. How mad did the gamer boys get over that? You know how many times I’ve heard someone call someone a “fag” online Xbox to no repercussion? But it’s June and that means Pride because gays have tons of disposable income and we love video games. It’s called capitalism. And isn’t the TRUE mark of acceptance being exploited for capitalist gain?