FOF #1209 – The Snookiefication of Pride

Jun 22, 2010 · 1985 views

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All across the world Pride Parades and Celebrations reach their peak during the month of June, as millions gather to celebrate GLBT culture.

But there is trouble under the rainbow- many people feel the celebrations wash over the ongoing problems of prejudice and that these rowdy festivals actually hurt our cause. Does acting like Snookie from Jersey Shore hurt us in the end?

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  1. Avatar Blueboi says:

    I don’t think commercialism is the problem. What matters is whether the event still stands for something or whether it’s just another excuse to party. I’m leaning towards the latter.
    Sure those who remember the lessons of old probably truly appreciate what Pride stands/stood for. The majority however just want to enjoy the party & events.

  2. Avatar Andy says:

    Judith Bulter has a point and she got the attention she probably wanted by refusing the award. But on the other hand she is also a hypocrite. She criticizes the commercialism of the gay pride but at the same time enjoying the trip to Germany, staying at the 5 Star Hotel in Berlin, Hotel “Adlon” (the oldest 5 star hotel in Berlin, next to the Brandenburger Tor) which was allegedly paid by the organisers of the pride. And the organizers of the pride were only able to pay for all that because of the commercialism of the pride!

    The gay pride has changed and has become more of a party than a mass demonstration. But I don’t think that is a problem because nowadays there are many other events, meetings, political discussions etc. where the GLBT community can address certain problems like racism and discrimination.

  3. Avatar MaxT says:

    Hopefully we have commercialism in gay prides. Organizing them is very expensive and those people are paying for being there.
    And part of the profits are reinvested in the community for HIV prevention, against homophobia…

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