“What The…” video sparks backlash from gay rights groups
Posted On June 20, 2021
This week, “What the…” has gone viral for the gay rights group “Serve the People,” which took to Twitter to voice its outrage at the song.
The video is titled “What’s the Difference?” and features the song in its entirety, along with a number of celebrities including Caitlyn Jenner, Tom Cruise, and Chris Brown, among others.
The song has been viewed more than 100 million times on YouTube, and has been shared more than 8 million times.
In a statement, SVP of Communications for the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, Jodie Emery, said the video was an “unfortunate misinterpretation” of the song and that the song is a representation of LGBT people.
“What The Band has done in creating this video is not an attack on the LGBTQ community.
Rather, it is an attempt to make light of a tragic incident,” Emery wrote.
“It’s time to stop using the gay-rights movement as a distraction for bigotry and hate.
As a society, we must stand together to ensure everyone is treated equally under the law.”
In a separate statement, the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund said the song has no place in the LGBT community.
“The video shows the hypocrisy of a band that claims to be the voice of ‘the gay community’ but that refuses to accept the LGBT communities right to be treated with respect,” said Amy Brendt, executive director of the group.
“While the video makes fun of the ‘fag’ community, it also uses the phrase ‘bitch’ to describe a lesbian or bisexual woman.
That is a clear and direct attempt to marginalize and dehumanize women of color and people of color.”
The video was made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, which was part of a larger effort by the LGBTQ Justice Fund and other advocacy organizations to counter the hateful rhetoric that has permeated LGBT politics.