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Is This Toronto Pride Promotional Video Offensive?

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All that stink over THIS?!

Check out this promotional video for Toronto Pride created by Tourism Toronto in partnership with the event, which parodies the P90X with 'Pride Pump 2000x' (above), and has gotten some people's panties in a serious knot because of its use of gay stereotypes!

According to Toronto Life:

"…we can’t help but wonder how out of touch (or straight?) the person who cooked up Pride Toronto’s painful-to-watch and setting-back-the-movement promotional video was. If gay activism is on the rise, how will the community be taken seriously if the organization that fronts the city’s largest gay celebration backs these old-hat, shouldn’t-be jokes? If they were looking to shoot fish in a barrel, why didn’t the Pride committee just hire Big Gay Al?"

Personally, we don't see the big deal!

It's just campy, silly, and FUN! Not mean-spirited!

Loosen up, people!

It's just poking a little fun!

What do U think?? Is this promo video out of line?

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41 comments to “Is This Toronto Pride Promotional Video Offensive?”



  1. 1

    Seriously…Toronto is the most diverse city in the world. We're the last place that would ever be discriminatory against homosexuality. Agreed, people need to lighten up! Pride is a blast! :)



  2. 2

    being from toronto im embarrassed - cause that was just stupid.



  3. 3

    I think it's hilarious! I was laughing the entire time.



  4. 4

    That video is just…awful.



  5. 5

    This is funny. Being a "nellie gay" living in the heart of the Castro I am inundated 24/7 with "gay"ad's that aren't even meant to be humorous like this. Anyone who takes this seriously and finds it offensive is clearly NOT in any gay circle of friends or acquaintances or needs to lighten up and not take everything so seriously all the time.



  6. 6

    That was the stupidest thing I've seen in a while. As a Canadian, I find this to be an utter embarrassment.



  7. 7

    to each there own and if your not gay than i don't think your opinion really counts on this although i'm straight and i love it



  8. 8

    Yeah, That just set back gays about a decade.



  9. 9

    Is this were a group of straight men doing a parody you'll be screaming ”Homophobia”! The coin has 2 sides and this ad beside of being stupid is perpetuate gays stereotypes!



  10. 10

    Totally ridiculous. I wonder what would happen if we had a "straight" parade….would the gay community scream anti-gay?



  11. 11

    I know they are trying to have fun, but seriously… gay people shouldn't be a JOKE. And this video is such a joke.



  12. 12

    I thought it was funny. And wow, nice body!



  13. 13

    (Although so was Ron Howard's Prius gay joke. People had a fit about that too. ;) )



  14. 14

    Why do people care about it is so much? Everybody takes the dumbest stuff seriously…. All the awful things in the world and people are having an outrage over this? lol



  15. 15

    As a lesbian I'm offended by this stupid stereotype. This ad is an embarrassment to the gay community

  16. sim says – reply to this


    16

    As a Torontonian I will say that that was a little embarrassing and the silliest thing I have ever seen. With that said, it's great exposure and pokes fun at a lifestyle that is so deeply hated, I say kudos to the people who made this, they aren't offending anyone, and there could have been a hell of a lot more stereotypes they could have played up but they refrained from.



  17. 17

    Terrible,
    This makes gays want to go back into the closet



  18. 18

    Highlarious!



  19. 19

    That video made me feel ashamed, NOT proud.



  20. 20

    Another reason straight close minded people have their negative opinions about us., also setting an ideal for young gay youth. Disgusting!



  21. 21

    Funny.. not offensive… if you cant laugh at yourself then you have problems~!



  22. 22

    it's all just silly fun. why do we need to politicize everything ? the fact that we can parody gay stereotypes shows haw far we've come. no hiding, no shame. lighten up and laugh, I remember times when no one would dare to even consider putting a video like that out there to the public. it's a proud moment not an embarrassment !!!!



  23. 23

    toronto , and other cities across canada have been hosting pride parades longer then i can even remember. Seems like some people in the gay community are starting to grasp at straws a little…..its unfortunate really since canada itself probably has higher acceptance and support rate then anywhere else in the world



  24. 24

    Re: Celiacubeforum – it has nothing to do with gays laughing at themselves. It has more to do with others laughing at us



  25. 25

    Re: dickwad676756 – Obviously you are an uptight homo…take a chill pill dork.



  26. 26

    it isn't offensive. and its not that it isn't funny - its just stupid.
    lame

  27. fid says – reply to this


    27

    It's political correctness to the rescue! I personally think it's very camp and funny and have sent the link to all my gay friends who will probably think the same. Disco Party!



  28. 28

    Im gay and this makes me ashamed more than proud…All thats been put out there about us is that we are sex addicts



  29. 29

    I see nothing to be proud of!



  30. 30

    Re: NookiesWA – Agreed - what a shitty video and thanks so much for reinforcing the stereotype - what the fuck really?



  31. 31

    Who cares, Get over it if you don't like it no one says you have to sit down and watch it. In fact maybe you should go hide under your bed and stay there, if your offened by this no doubt you are the kind of person to blame your actions on the kind of music you listen to.



  32. 32

    OMG, I want to work out with him! LoL!!!



  33. 33

    Lighten up people. It's a little harmless fun. It may not be everyone's cup of tea,
    but It's neither embarrassing (lighten up canadians and fellow gays) nor offensive.
    Take it for what it is, a silly, fun promotional message.



  34. 34

    Re: MsMarcy – hahaha me too



  35. 35

    Uhhhhh ok, personally I'm not offended…but it just confirms the reason why I avoid Pride Week. This commercial is pathetic for sure.



  36. 36

    I think it's funny and done in good taste. I think the drag queen is Donnarama. If so, I saw her during toronto pride last year; she was a riot.

  37. 7tizz says – reply to this


    37

    Toronto Pride is so mainsteam, it's practically sponsored by McDonalds. The part where he almost shoves his crotch into the lesbian's face and then says 'I don't understand lesbians' is a bit offensive though to that group, I would assume.



  38. 38

    it's definitely Donnarama, she's one of the best drag queens in Canada hands down. Cute promo.



  39. 39

    there's always going to be a debate over how seriously people should take any kind of advertisements…people need to lighten up!



  40. 40

    As said many times, everyone needs to lighten up! I personally ran the camera for the casting of this commercial, and it was fun for everyone! For those that are offended at how it makes the gay community look, every one in the commercial is gay as well as most of those that wrote and produced it and they all had a great time; no one was offended in the least. It was meant to be a gay-spoof of the workout commercials all over TV, and I think it did a great job and came out really well. It was awesome working with everyone and Donnarama was a blast (even dressed down). Being a straight guy in Toronto, I have enjoyed going to Pride for the last 7 years because it is actually the most fun street festival the city has to offer. This commercial really encapsulates the general fun attitude of pride and displays it in a little 4 minute comical way. There are many things on television and the internet to be offended about, this is by far not one of them…



  41. 41

    Terrible. I can't believe they would stereotype gays in this manner. It makes gay people look like dopes and I'm embarrassed for Toronto.