Keep it classy! A racist poster calling for a massive anti-gay demonstration in Paris has gone viral across French social media networks, reports Euronews. The poster depicts the French Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira as King Kong.
The poster, designed by an anti-same sex marriage activist, depicts Taubira ... as a raging gorilla/King Kong, overwhelmed by a flow of demonstrators from the “Manif Pour Tous,” the main anti-same sex organization. The slogan is a play on words: “manif monstre” can mean 'giant demo.'
The picture, posted on Monday night, was retweeted and commented massively by anti-gay rights activists and by both outraged anti- and pro-same sex marriage activists. Among the reactions, one user notes "[The anti-same sex marriage crowd] go from presumed homophobes to proven racists." ... Defenders of the poster said it was supposed to be humoristic and ironic and that the monster refers to a “monument of American cinema, the devastating [King Kong]” and the "destruction" the bill will bring to the families.
The French Guiana-born Taubira has represented her homeland in the French Parliament and the European Parliament. Taubira made history in May 2012 when she was appointed Justice Minister and became the highest ranking Black cabinet official ever in French government.
Taubira emerged as President François Hollande’s point person on the marriage debate. Liberals and socialists have heralded Taubira as a "political star" because of her eloquent defense of equal marriage. On the other side: Taubira has been the "target of a large majority of the slogans and banners from anti-same sex marriage demonstrators."
France has witnessed an increase in" violent protests, homophobic attacks, and a stream of offensive trending Twitter hashtags" ever since the marriage debate began last year.
France became the 14th nation to legalize equal marriage nationwide on April 23. It joins Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Portugal, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and Uruguay. Brazil, Mexico and the United States allow equal marriage in certain states.
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