More offensive anti-LGBT+ comments from another Northern Irish politician. Great.
So, what is it this time?
When Mom said I could finally quit the soccer team pic.twitter.com/K3jLMEtDWE
— ᴍɪᴄʜᴀᴇʟ sᴡᴀʀᴛᴢ (@MrMichaelSwartz) July 21, 2017
Remember the fabulous photo of Prince George that gay Twitter used to turn the 4-year-old into a gay icon? A Northern Irish MP has branded the meme as “sick”.
Jim Allister, the leader of Trade Union Voice (TUV) party made these comments last night in a series of tweets, directed at LGBT+ site PinkNews.
— Jim Allister (@JimAllister) August 9, 2017
The online article was posted last month after the future king was spotted in a particularly camp stance while waiting for his parents in a helicopter on a state visit to Germany.
The adorable image resonated with swathes of guys online who found an endearing familiarity in George’s fabulosity – many acting in the same way when they were innocent, and not affected by societies thoughts of feelings towards gender stereotypes.
The BBC reported that Allister, who found the article “outrageous”, has written to PinkNews demanding it withdraw the article and apologise.
His complaint attempted to school the LGBT+ news site, saying that “sexualising a young child in this fashion is entirely inappropriate”.
literally only praying for this world to be saved so lil Prince George can ascend the throne and become the first gay ass King of England
— JamesMichael Nichols (@JMN) July 22, 2017
The letter added: “In reality, the photo which prompted the piece shows a four-year-old boy who is smartly dressed and excited about being on a helicopter with his male father and female mother.”
Josh Jackman, who wrote the article said: “There are of course those who say that any discussion of the prince’s sexuality is premature, but this isn’t about his sexuality.
“It’s also important to spread awareness that heterosexuality or stereotypical masculinity isn’t a default.
“Kids are born with a sexuality, and should be encouraged to find it without it being assumed that they’re straight.”
While Jackman articulates his point well, others were quick to point out that children shouldn’t be subject to conversation over something that they themselves do not yet understand.
When you say things like "let kids be kids" the presumption here is that the default in prince george's case masculine and straight.
— Daniel Klein (@DanielKlein425) July 25, 2017
Learning about yourself and feeling different can be difficult enough at a young age without the confusing humour adults find in assuming a child’s sexuality and identity before they know themselves, and that’s a valuable lesson to learn from this. But should gay men know better?
Allister’s comments were reported by many national news outlets as politics between the UK countries continues to be tenuous as traditions and values clash in the commons.
The 64-year-old was once named as the UK’s best MEP.
But at the end of the day, all we can say is: stay fabulous, your highness.