This may come as a shock to some, but apparently Brad Pitt isn’t keen on being used to represent an anti-LGBTQ crusade.
The homophobic group “Super Happy Fun America” had used Pitt’s likeness as an unofficial mascot for their movement. However, they’ve since been forced to remove photos of the actor after receiving a complaint from his representatives.
SHFA claims to advocate “on behalf of the straight community,” which it describes as “an oppressed majority.” The same group has talked of a desire to to organize a “Straight Pride” parade in Boston.
On their website, they’d posted: “Congratulations to Mr. Pitt for being the face of this important civil rights movement.”
Of course, they clearly hadn’t received his permission to make him such a figurehead.
The site also included multiple images of the Moneyball actor. One was from the 2005 film in which he co-starred with future wife Angelina Jolie, Mr. & Mrs. Smith. The other depicted Pitt as being in a lasso held by ex-wife Jennifer Aniston.
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Pitt’s people reached out to request the group discontinue using his name and photos.
Following the complaints, SHFA amended their website, revising their original announcement. Pitt’s name is now redacted, and the images have been declared “censored.”
Now, replacing the actor as the group’s mascot is none other than gay British polemicist Milo Yiannopoulous.
“Due to a scheduling conflict,” the group said in a press release, “our former mascot is no longer available. Not to worry, we found someone younger, more handsome, and more in tune with heroic masculine virtues.”
Yes, the anti-gay movement now has an openly gay mascot instead of the Hollywood A-lister they wish they could’ve had.
On the bright side for SHFA, they not only have a mascot in Yiannopoulous, they’ve also found a grand marshal for their proposed parade.
“I might technically be a sequined and perfectly coiffed friend of Dorothy’s,” said the often-inflammatory speaker. “But I’ve spent my entire career advocating for the rights of America’s most brutally repressed identity – straight people – so I know a thing or two about discrimination.”
It almost sounds entirely satirical, but Yiannopoulous has a very distinct history of stoking controversy.
The self-proclaimed “cultural libertarian” went on to call the parade “a gift to anyone,” and suggested that people of all backgrounds should come together to “celebrate the wonder and the majesty of God’s own heterosexuality.”
He urged men to “bring your most toxic selves,” and told women to “prepare to burn your briefcases!”
“Because it’s great to be straight, and we’re not apologizing for it any more,” Yiannopoulous said. “We’re Here, Not Queer.” (But…?)
SHFA vice president Mark Sahady explained the group’s reasoning for the parade. After the city refused fly a “straight pride flag” outside city hall, they began planning a march in response.
“We will fight for the right of straights everywhere to express pride in themselves without fear of judgment and hate,’ said the group’s president John Hugo. “The day will come when straights will finally be included as equals among all of the other orientations.”
Of all the actors SHFA could have chosen to be the face of their movement, Pitt is certainly an odd choice. That is, of course, if they’d done any research prior to selecting him purely for his masculine features.
Pitt has been an outspoken advocate for equal human rights, and has made significant donations to advance pro-LGBTQ causes.
In 2006, the actor vowed not to wed then-girlfriend Angeline Jolie until same-sex marriage was made legal in the U.S. Two years later, in 2008, he also donated $100,000 to the campaign to overturn California’s Proposition 8.