Today I had a bit of an argument on youtube with a fellow commenter on a video. That video is below and is the trailer for the now internationally famous Tropfest Short Film Festival. The trailer features a brief shot of two men kissing which a guy commenting on the video took exception to. His initial comment was “So it’s ok to be shoving two guys kissing down children’s throats is it?”. I replied to his comment that it was better than teaching children hate and intolerance and bigotry. Things escalated when he replied that I was a gay pole dancer (shocking isn’t it?) and asked if liked twinks or bears because if I like twinks then I am practically a pedophile. He kept calling me an idiot and asking if I was a pedophile. So I told him that I’d reported him for harassment to youtube, which I did, and now, thankfully the comments have been disabled on the video.
It’s the first time anyone has directly accused me of being a pedophile simply making the connection because I’m gay. It’s a terrible thing to accuse someone of, especially as like most people, I am completely repulsed by the idea of anyone shattering the innocence of childhood. It just goes to show that despite all the progress that we are making around the world, there are always going to be narrow minded morons who think that we are baby steps away from molesting children and marrying animals.
Now to the video in question. It’s a bonkers little video which essentially sums up the nature of the short film festival. It’s always quirky and oddball but it’s grown from a tiny little festival in a cafe in Sydney to a festival screened in a big city park on giant screens and around the world I believe. By the way, the crazy commenter took exception to the woman’s “Covered breast being exposed” WTF?