This anti-LGBT protest dance at Korean Pride is one of the gayest things you’ve ever seen
Finally after a lot of struggle, Seoul’s annual Pride parade went ahead today and by all accounts it sounds like it was even bigger and better than last year. A lot of parade participants have been praising the police for their approach and it sounds like there was considerably less disruption than last year.
There was a still a significant counter protest from (largely Christian) anti-LGBT organisations which J. Lester Feder covered for Buzzfeed. The protest were mostly what we’ve come to expect by now – a mixture of nationalistic pageantry and pious signs and chants with lots of references to Jesus and Hell. But amid all this, the one part of his article which really stood out to me was this anti-LGBT group expressing their hatred through the entirely not gay medium of… disco dance.
I mean just look at the guy in the middle with the polka dots.
The lack of self-awareness and understanding in this is astounding. Disco was largely born out of queer communities in the 70s. In fact its roots have close links to the Stonewall Riots just like the Pride movement. You don’t get much ‘gayer’ music than disco.
If you were to give them full credit, you could possibly argue they were using queer culture to convey their belief in that old favourite about “embracing the sinner not the sin”. It’s not like this was the only incident. Just look at this guy with his “Jesus, Heaven – No faith, Hell” sign all dressed up like a Village Person.
But that seems like an incredibly nuanced argument for a group who have consistently used an imported religion to justify arguments that gayness is a foreign disease which has infiltrated a “pure” Korean culture. Jesus must have secretly been born on Mount Baekdu.
No more likely, it was lifted straight out of the final sequence of 2011 smash hit movie Sunny.
How original. But at least it was legal and unobtrusive – unlike some behaviour their side has show in recent weeks.
The main thing is: despite all the efforts by anti-LGBT groups to stop it, Pride went ahead and it looks like everyone had a great time. Korean Queer Culture Festival organisers dealt with a lot of trouble from protesters – far beyond what was ever reasonable – but in the end their argument based in democracy and human rights won out and it was one of the most successful Seoul Prides to date. And who knows, in a few years time we could look back and see how all the bigots’ loud and underhanded attempts to undermine democracy helped to progress the cause of LGBT equality in Korea.