Professor and former Surrey-North federal Liberal candidate Shinder Purewal sparked a Twitter storm on Thursday by tweeting that he finds the Vancouver Pride Parade “vulgar.”
He posted on Twitter that “Vancouver’s so-called ‘Pride Parade’ should be banned. It is vulgar ... to say the least!”
The Kwantlen University professor and former citizenship judge received a flood of responses, all disagreeing with him.
In a telephone interview Thursday about his tweet, Purewal said: “If I can’t take my family to a place because of open sexuality, my opinion is that it’s simply vulgar.
Vancouver Pride Society president Ken Coolin said people are entitled to their own opinion, but called Purewal’s comments “unfortunate.
He said Purewal “should understand how comments like this can turn into challenges for the community.Emphasis added.
“It’s sad he chose to make this comment; it is going to be interpreted as homophobic by many in our community, even though he doesn’t see it that way.”
I question whether he has sat and watched the parade the whole way through, because there are families, brothers, sisters, moms and dads, who go together to support each other,” said Coolin.
Let me just say that I completely agree with Professor Purewal, and his comments are in no way homophic. The parade is vulgar. For photos that showcase the parade's vulgarity, click here, here, here, here, and here (warning: that last image contains nudity). A simple Google search will reveal many, many more obscene photos. Is that really an event you want to bring your family to?
The following tweets showcase the irrationality of some people (sorry for the atrocious formatting):
Top @ShinderPurewal tweets:
jarrahpenguin Jarrah Hodge
@ShinderPurewal's #vanpride2011 "clarification" didn't help. You can't say you support #lgbt rights but find the sexuality "vulgar"
KSAcouncil Kwantlen KSA
Kwantlen prof @shinderpurewal views on #vanpride2011 dont reflect the @KSACouncil
anotherPurewal Tavleen Purewal
Yup, why doesn't everyone jump on the hate @ShinderPurewal bandwagon! His opinion, "something I wouldn't want my children to see"
@ShinderPurewal life long learner? How is that possible when your mind is closed so tight?
@ShinderPurewal Sure, why not? Lets ban every way people have to express themselves because it offends our intransigent morality #cdnpoli
tdhross Jonathan Ross
@shinderpurewal @liberal_party As a proud Liberal, this ex-candidate's disgusting views on #vanpride2011 does not represent our party. Shame
In case someone reads this that isn't familiar with me, I am gay. Seriously, some of these comments leave me absolutely astonished and speechless. I don't even know what to say. People are entitled to their views obviously (this isn't the Netherlands, for God's sake), but I have never seen such overreaction. Wow. That is really all I can say. I no longer have any hope for the "gay community." It is clear that they are self-absorbed and intransigent, and, since they are a minority, they have the responsibility to listen to the majority (within reasonableness, of course).
See also: this post.
UPDATE: Please also note that Professor Purewal also said this:
“That does not mean that I don’t support same-sex marriage, which I do and voted for, or that I don’t support people of different sexual orientation, but for it to be in public is vulgar.”UPDATE: I edited this post a bit.