A Plymouth bus company has chosen to rebrand its LGBT Pride bus to show support for NHS workers, Tweeting out this announcement the other day.
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🌈 Rainbows have become synonymous with hope and the NHS during the current pandemic, so we thought what better way to show our thanks to our amazing NHS and key workers, than to re-brand our Pride bus to our rainbow ‘NHS’ bus? 🌈
Look out for the bus on our roads soon! pic.twitter.com/yqq6OLNjq2
— Plymouth Citybus (@plymouthbus) May 16, 2020
Not a terribly contentious thing to do in most people’s eyes, but of course, Twitter’s woke brigade was having absolutely none of it and argued this action undermines the LGBT community. I shit you not:
And there it is, the systematic erasure and rebranding of LGBT+ symbology I suspected would happen the minute the general public started using rainbows instead of coming up with their own fucking idea! Insensitive rebranding to grab public favour at the cost of insulting others!
— Ross Paterson (@roostarr) May 16, 2020
Ah yes. The rainbow. Synonymous with the NHS and not at all appropriated from its association with the LGBTQ+ community.
Saw this coming a mile off.
— 😈🦹♂️ Lord Saren 🦹♂️😈 (@PTOverlord) May 16, 2020
so y’all just gonna erase us the moment something else comes up
— A Big Fat (NB) Lesbian (@EdEdnEdds) May 16, 2020
I fucking called it.
Queer erasure. pic.twitter.com/Jfxd1Shj31
— Федя “Riot Again” Aнархия (@TeddyArgentum) May 16, 2020
Thanks for just straight up erasing my identity there.
— Neo Getz 🏳️🌈 🍑 (@NeoGetzLP) May 16, 2020
The homophobe in the CityBus PR department when they got this one past their bosses. pic.twitter.com/2Gnrcwi8ti
— Leather Citizen X (@xma1e) May 16, 2020
“How can we hop on the NHS support bandwagon with a meaningless gesture, while *simultaneously* diminishing a genuine civil rights symbol to some random ‘hope’ nonsense?” Well, this is the answer, obviously.
— GubbWerks the Herald of D’endrrah (p/t) (@GubbWerks) May 16, 2020
And on and on it goes. This comes a couple of weeks after there was similar outrage over the NHS ‘appropriating’ the rainbow from the LGBT community in the first place, so you just knew it was going to kick off again over this bus.
Good news is that the majority of people, including the majority of LGBT people, have no issue with this and understand that the rainbow – a universal symbol of hope and peace and happiness – belongs to no one. Rainbows were used symbolically throughout Ancient Greece and Rome, and in art, literature and religion ever since. Imagine seeing this lovely, innocent gesture made to thank the NHS and try to make out its a bigoted plan to ‘erase’ the LGBT community? Madness.
Besides I’m pretty sure this is a temporary rebranding and once the pandemic is well behind us it will go back to being a Pride bus. So what’s the problem? Just another example of recreational outrage from a very vocal minority who have to ruin everything for everyone else.
For the anti-gay politician caught giving a man a handjob at Coachella, click HERE. Busted!