Several gay activists went to the White House for a celebration of “Gay pride” at the special invitation of Barack Obama. They were so happy to be there that they took selfies of themselves giving the paintings of Ronald Reagan and George Bush the finger. Tolerance at its finest. Classy as well. Not.
This is juvenile behavior. In the White House, no less. Only one of the group- the man in the center, opted for a less disgusting display of rudeness and a tiny morsel of class.
The Philadelphia news magazine “PhillyMag” wrote:
“It’s not a gesture that I would use in the White House when representing our city and our community,” opines Philadelphia Gay News publisher Mark Segal (center), who opted for a sarcastic thumbs-up pose in front of the portrait of George W. Bush over the more vulgar one demonstrated by his Reagan-loathing peers, Matthew “Matty” Hart (left), and self-taught photographer turned toast-of-the-town Zoe Strauss (right).
“I have friends who work in that building,” Segal explains. “I’m not going to do something that could embarrass them or that could somehow damage a campaign that is so important. ‘Be on your best behavior,’ my staff told me.’ I think they know me too well.”
Ah, the amount of class is …tiny, but better than the other two. The vulgar display was posted on Hart’s Social media account with the words “Fuck Reagan.” Interestingly, Mr. Hart lives in Paris, France according to his Facebook account. Apparently he just flat doesn’t care for America, either.
“Yeah, f–k Reagan. Ronald Reagan has blood on his hands. The man was in the White House as AIDS exploded, and he was happy to see plenty of gay men and queer people die. He was a murderous fool, and I have no problem saying so. Don’t invite me back. I don’t care.” Matty Hart, a week after the reception
The other person with the vulgar display took the opportunity to kiss her gay lover in front of Reagan’s portrait as well. Her expression in the finger display was described by PhillyMag as “murderous.” She made no comment on the photo…didn’t need to, her expression was perfectly readable.
The White House issued a rebuke of the folks who posted the photos.
“While the White House does not control the conduct of guests at receptions, we certainly expect that all attendees conduct themselves in a respectful manner. Most all do. These individuals clearly did not. Behavior like this doesn’t belong anywhere, least of all in the White House.”
Finally, something I can agree with the White House on. And they should never be invited back.