[CC] On Pinkwashing, Rainbow Capitalism, Cops At Pride, and LGBT+ Survival

[CC] On Pinkwashing, Rainbow Capitalism, Cops At Pride, and LGBT+ Survival


[crowd cheers] Hi and welcome to another episode of “you
DONT deserve a drink” there show where we talk about the real issues. Like the lightness
of being and the weight of capitalism. But today we’re here to talk about “what
is camp?” This year’s Met gala saw stars utterly fail at bringing camp to the
most important gala of the year. They all followed Susan Sontag’s
“notes on camp” which defined “camp as “artifice taken seriously.” But who cares
what she said. She’s dead. Much like the morals of the corporations
taking advantage of LGBT folks’ desperate need for representation. But I’m getting
ahead of myself. I guess what we’re really here to talk about today is: is
pride TM camp? [transitional disco music] Hey you might have been expecting Ruben also known as Queer Xicano Chisme Who you can follow at the @ the at below. But today you’re getting Kitsch Loren…uh. Kitsch Lorena. And we’re gonna talk about modern day camp.
I mean pride. I mean pride. We’re here to talk about pride. And really the mess that it is now a day. And the best way to do that is with a couple of cocktails. So
I’m gonna be talking about some pretty interesting things that have shaped
modern pride and kind of assign a cocktail to them. First up we’re gonna be
talking about pink washing. You might have heard this term before it’s also
known as rainbow washing and it really entails when corporations or political
figures or social figures paint this veneer of LGBT Allyship around June
Pride Month to kind of redo their image or pander to the LGBT community
some examples of corporations are like Amazon who was given an ally award by
the HRC in recent times but who still fails to pay their employees a living
wage. Does the HRC not that LGBT folks work for Amazon? Because
they certainly do and they certainly do not get paid a motherfucking living wage.
On a more political level there’s people like, of course, Donald Trump who is
obviously, we all know, a bigot. Right. But he recently tweeted his support for the
LGBT community, all while implementing anti-trans
legislation left and right since he came into the picture. On the more liberal
spectrum we have folks like Joe Biden who recently tweeted his support of the
LGBT community saying that a lot of the setbacks are seeing are due to Donald
Trump’s presidency. But girl we got the Internet and what do we find on the
Internet? Other than porn. Your dirty dirty history. And so there we find one
of Joe Biden’s biggest claims to allyship: passing same-sex marriage under
Obama’s presidency. But if you remember correctly, as I hope you do, Obama
celebratory speech came with a little hustle and bustle when trans Latina activist
Jennicet Gutiérrez spoke out in defense of all the trans women held in
detention centers. Over the years, we’ve gathered to celebrate Pride Month and
I’ve told you that I’m so hopeful about what we can accomplish. I told you that
the civil rights of LGBT Americans.. [muffled] President Obama! Release all LGBTQ detention centers. President Obama! [shhhh’ing] Stop the torture of Trans women in detention centers President Obama! I am a Trans woman I’m tired of the abuse. I’m tired of the violence. [through shhh’ing] Obama: You’re in my house! [crowd laughing at Jennicet] As a general rule I am just fine with a
few hecklers. But not when I’m up in the house. And so, as we saw in that video of
Jennicet calling out Obama All while his buddy Joe
Biden stood by and laughed along with him and ultimately got Jennicet
Gutiérrez expelled from the event. Listen if you want to call yourself an LGBT
ally you have to be an ally to all LGBT people. Not just the folks that seem
palatable to you. You have to be an ally to LGBT folks who are refugees who are
immigrants. And what kind of allyship is you putting trans women in detention
centers? It kind of seems like the opposite of allyship to me. But what I
know? I’m just a common drunk here on youtube. Another more pertinent form of
pinkwashing is this very platform we have today: YouTube. Who waves around their queer creators around June and promotes diversity on their platform all while
allowing bigots to run amuck. Just recently Vox journalist Carlos Maza
called out YouTube for allowing this dude Crowder to consistently harass him
for years. Once Carlos Maza’s call out became viral
YouTube responded that it would not cancel Crowder’s channel because… well
they were really tripping over their word they really didn’t really give a
clear reason. They said that their Terms of Service doesn’t outright outlaw like
bullying or harassment but then you look at that Terms of Service and it does and
so it’s like what the heck? And so ultimately YouTube’s like we’re gonna demonetize this Crowder person. And it’s like this foo doesn’t make his money
off of like monetization. Like really nobody does. He makes his money of all
the products he hawks, his Blaze TV contract: where he gives mofockers
like mugs and shit for like signing up to that right-wing youtube, I mean what is it
like a streaming service it’s like a Netflix for bigots right. And so what
good was YouTube being like “we love queer people” if it’s not gonna help
actually change the material conditions of queer people, of trans people? Ff it’s
gonna allow them to be harassed on their platform. That’s just showmanship. And
that’s pinkwashing (or rainbowwashing). And what better drink to symbolize pinkwashing or rainbowwashing then a Cosmo?! Shout out Carrie Bradshaw. Alright so for
this drink you’re gonna need: [dance music plays over recipe] And then you put it all together And then you shake that shit. [tumbler shaking noises] [gay screaming] [exasperated] oof I don’t know why everything’s falling out! [gay laughter] shake that shit And then we pour it into our desired vessel. so here we go [drink pouring noises] So, for your Pride party before you go to the protest obvious not to that gay ass parade downtown and weho. Just kidding Ima
be there too. Probably. for you little a [gay witch cackle] For your little party you can have this Cosmo. Right. It’s
pink to represent pinkwashing. You can have a real discussion with your friends
and family about the futility of showing Allyship without actually trying to
positively impact the material conditions of LGBT folks. And
after they have that discussion you can throw the drink back. And I mean like actually back. [sound of poorly made cosmo hitting the rainbow flag] [cackle of a messy queen] Why throw the drink back? Cuz there’s
already too much liquor at fucking Pride. But real talk because that’s kind
of what pinkwashing does to to any type of LGBT Pride. It like soils it. It taints
it. That brings us to our next topic Rainbow capitalism [dance music over title sequence card] So sometimes people use rainbow capitalism and pink washing hand in hand or interchangeably because
they kind of, they kind of have like similar implications. Or rather they’re
both concerned with consumption and corporations selling you something. With
pink washing though it is mainly selling you an image. With rainbow capitalism
it’s literally selling you a product. See you got all of a sudden in June you got
like rainbow Oreos, like a rainbow mouthwash, and like a rainbow
panties, and like rainbow… rainbow everything. I can’t even I can’t even
list off the amount of rainbow things there happens to be in June that don’t
exist year round. Usually companies pretend that like a small portion of
their profit goes to some sort of org that supports LGBT folks but rarely are
there ever very clear on like how much money is being given how exactly that
money is being used and how much a company is directly profiting from LGBT
folks. And while we’re on the topic of companies donating a certain percentage
of their funds to nonprofit, let’s talk about my favorite fellows: the HRC. Whose
Sylvia River was famously against to her dying breath. And Sylvia Rivera, we’ll talk about that bad bitch in a minute But, HRC let’s talk about them. A
2016 report noted that the HRC also known as a human rights campaign has
hiring and workplace structures that benefits cisgender white gay men over almost all other demographics. This is evident in who
makes up their boards and who makes up the face of that nonprofit. A 2017
study which is the most recent of its kind took a census of all of the grants
given to LGBT related organizations and causes and found that less than 1% of
them went to folks who were economically disadvantaged, that means working class or severely below the poverty line, folks who were disabled, folks who are sex
workers, and folks who are survivors of domestic violence. The fact that they
haven’t given grants to programs that help LGBT sex workers is especially
horrible given that Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P Johnson, often noted as the
mothers of the modern LGBT rights movement, were leaders of the S.T.A.R.
organization, which stands for: Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries, an organization that helped LGBT folks, primarily trans folks, who were homeless
and who were doing sex work. Sylva Nevada herself and Marsha P Johnson both noted
how they often did sex work in order to survive, a thing that’s still going on
today given the fact that trans people can be discriminated in the workplace in
most places in this country. Things like that are why Sylvia Rivera once said”
“One of our main goals right now is to destroy the Human Rights Campaign
because I’m tired of sitting in the back of a bumper.” So what good are all these
brands selling you rainbow products and representacion, representation, and
things of that nature if A they’re not gonna be transparent
about where their money is going andB they’re gonna give it to places like the
HRC which do nothing to really help the material tangible conditions of LGBT
folks. Places like HRC and GLAAAD are overfunded they don’t need any more funding.
And yet, that’s the first place where everybody goes specially celebrities and
their followers to show that they support the LGBT community. If they
really wanted to help folks tangibly they would donate to folks in need
directly. Another part of rainbow capitalism is when companies openly support an LGBT event but then behind closed doors they
do things that harm LGBT people. One of the most notable instances is this is
Gilead, the mass producer of prep the HIV preventive pill (PrEP). This pill can cause
folks up to $4,000 a month without insurance. With insurance is a whole lot
less and there’s ways to sometimes get it for free if you’re part of a certain
target demographic. But often folks don’t have access to these. The black and Latinx community are some of the most impacted groups as far as HIV goes and
they are some of the least likely to take Truvada or PrEP. And that’s because
it’s inaccessible to them. Gilead has an opportunity to make the patent for
Truvada available so that they can mass-produce it and make it more readily
available but they choose not to. They choose to instead make a profit up a
very important pill that can keep a lot of folks HIV negative. And to represent
rainbow capitalism we’re gonna be making a Manhattan. Because what better place to
represent capitalism then the Upper East Side (which I hope is in Manhattan I
don’t know I barely paid him into Gossip Girl even though I watched it
religiously as a child). Whatever we’re making a Manhattan! huh (gay laugh) and for that you’re gonna need whiskey you’re gonna need Agostura bitters, sweet vermouth, and
apparently a cherry. But we don’t got cherries because I don’t like that shit.
So then you’re gonna put it in the tumbler thing. [gay screaming] I’m making a bigger mess than I thought I was gonna make. And then you’re gonna shake it. And then, what do we do with Rainbow Capitalism? That’s right remember we throw it back. Cuz there’s already too much fuckin liquor at pride. And we should really be investing in sober spaces. So allowing corporations to take over pride isn’t only bad for the aforementioned reasons,
but also because more corporations in Pride parades means that these
corporations are gonna want to protect their interests. And how that translates is
with more police presence at pride parades. Something you might question
like why security is a bad thing a pride parade. Especially in spaces where we
might be receiving more homophobic attention or where people might feel more
vulnerable. But the thing is that police make people more vulnerable particularly
black folks and other people of color; and even more specifically trans women
who are often seen as sex workers and criminalized because of that by police
officers. And so when we look at the actual purpose of policing, which is to
protect property in capital interests, we see that that comes at the expense of
queer and trans people of color. This becomes even more evident as we’ve
seen that various black organizers have been arrested for protesting at pride
events; most notably black lives matter protesters who were calling attention to
the murder of black people, which includes of course LGBT people. We cannot talk about LGBT liberation without also talking about liberation for black folks
and other people of color. These two things are interlocked inseparable
because there are people who embody both of these identities. And because of that it
is really it’s a paradox to be Pro-cop and pro LGBT folks because one of these
hurts the other group. Furthermore, siding with police officers also tends to be a
product of homo nationalism, which is allegiance to the state. A state
that doesn’t necessarily have their best interest in mind. And so like a blaring
example of this is Pete Booty gaygg Boot edge edge booth edge edge… girl we’re never gonna say that right. that’s not a real last name. uh-huh
Pete booty gage bootie egg.. recently said in an interview that he doesn’t believe
that incarcerated people should vote and at first glance this might seems to some
of y’all as a good thing but one of the most important things to remember is
that a state that makes it so its prisoners can not vote is a state that
is now very invested in imprisoning its opposition. When you imprison an
opposition they can’t vote anymore they become non-citizens. As it pertains to LGBT folks we have to remember that our foremothers like
Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera were constantly criminalized. Other LGBT
leaders like Angela Davis and Miss Major have dedicated their entire lives to
abolition work. However rainbow capitalism, pinkwashing,
and homonationalism, all work hand in hand to ensure that we believe that
police presence at pride is a good thing. If you feel protected by police officers
and that makes you feel safer than I think it’s time to ask yourselves why
that is. And to signify police officers we’re going to use Fireball because I’m
not even gonna mix this gonna go just like right in the trash. Like do not pass
GO. Every other thing I like covered the label because I didn’t want to promote
it. But there’s an anti promotion for Fireball. This is literally fucking like
battery acid. We’re not gonna make mix it we’re just gonna like, we gonna thrown it in the trash. Or as it pertains, as it’s relevant to the video, we’re just gonna pour it on the flag. Make a mess of the flag because that’s what all these bad things do. They make a
mess of things that should be making us proud. ultimately I believe that pride has to
get back to the history of resistance under which pride was founded. On June
28th 1969 at the Stonewall Inn, a bar in New York, on this night a police raid was
trying to arrest a bunch of LGBT folks but many folks, most notably Stormée, Sylvia Rivera, and Marsha P Johnson, fought back against police officers. Throwing
bricks, rocks, shot glasses, and anything else they could find. The riots went on for
at least another day and were one of the big booms to really set off the modern
LGBT rights movement. And so honoring that history of resistance means
providing for LGBTQ family however we can and defending them even if it means
throwing a brick or two. [dramatic crashing sounds] the bigger it is the more camp points you get. So how’s that for incentive. So, hashtag #ThrowABrickBitch And so, what impactful things can
you do a to actually celebrate pride all year long and materially help LGBT
folks. Well you can join and help orgs like black and pink who write
incarcerated LGBT folks who are often the most forgotten. And you can also get
involved in abolition work. You can help organizations that help sex workers such
as the SWOP. As remember, a lot of LGBT folks often do sex work as again
labor laws often discriminate against trans people specifically but other
queer folks as well. Which brings up labor laws. We can fight for just labor
laws that establish that you cannot discriminate LGBT folks in your
workplace. You can help fight LGBT homelessness because remember that 40
percent of the homeless youth population is LGBT and most of them are black and
Latinx. This can also entail giving directly
to people in need when you see their GoFundMe or their PayPals or their
cashmes circulate. You can follow hashtags like #TransCrowdFund which directly gives to trans people in need. Those are just some ways that you can
start giving directly to people. You can also hire LGBT folks year-round. Don’t
only get an artist or a lecturer LGBT lecturer when it’s the Pride Month
celebrations. Hire them year long so they have like sustainable income not
just like a annual burst of money when people remember that LGBT creators exist.
Established that type of safety net for folks. Which also brings up: buy
from LGBT indie creators. There’s so many of them so talented that you don’t
need to be spending your money at Target for Pride flags or Pride gear. You can gonna make your own. You can buy from indie creators. I
made this myself just not for sale it’s like one of a kind very exclusive very
pride TM. You can make your spaces, including pride, accessible to disabled
folks. Pride as it stands is so inaccessible to folks who are disabled
and so we really need to get on that in all of our spaces. We can center LGBT
folks in our work always. What I mean by centering is that you begin any event,
any org, by thinking about LGBT folks and wanting
to provide for them first. Particularly folks of color particularly trans women
of color. Think about how we can help them first and then build around that.
Protecting our most vulnerable ensures that everybody is protected. I
use the word center because center means that things are built with this person
in mind. Including folks, the language of “inclusion” implies that
things were not meant for a specific group but they were included afterwards
right often as an afterthought. another important thing you can do is
actively defend trans people. We can defend trans people year-round. It’s of
the utmost importance. Just in the last few weeks alone there’s been five Black
trans women who have been murdered because our inaction is part of the
problem a lot of times. Sometimes we think oh we buy this rainbow gear and
then that’s it and like we support the right companies and that’s gonna change
everything. But it’s like nah we need like active defense, active participation
in the defense of LGBT folks, specifically trans women, trans people, and even more
specifically Black Trans women. That’s because Black Trans women embody identities that are most attacked globally. So, it is up to us to defend them when the
state is just not gonna do it. And som that brings me to my original
question: is modern-day pride, camp? And well the answer is multifaceted.
We know that pinkwashing and/or rainbow washing, rainbow capitalism, that’s not
camp. That’s exploitative. it’s it’s all artifice and no no joy, no
celebration, it is mainstream, while camp is like counterculture. Cops. Cops
are not camp. Very much not camp. Just if you take anything else: cops are not
camp. But pride can be camp if we get back to our revolutionary state. If
we get back to a point of celebration. So Pride can have room for kinksters and
drag queens and all shades of LGBT and it can also have room for anger and
protests and sorrow and joy and celebration of the fullness of the LGBTQ experience, and an honoring of why we’re even allowed to
celebrate pride to begin with. And that’s because of the sacrifice of many
LGBT leaders of color who are fighting back against a state that
didn’t want them alive. And it is only by honoring this history, that Pride can be
truly camp and thus revolutionary. [dance music over credits] Thank you for watching this video. Again
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fall or the winter there’s also links for that down below and yeah happy pride
y’all Revolution NOW

9 Comments on "[CC] On Pinkwashing, Rainbow Capitalism, Cops At Pride, and LGBT+ Survival"


  1. Yes. Yes. YES!!!
    Thank you for discussing these recent trends impacting Pride. It sucks that this oppressive ass system co opts any resistance movement, so I’m glad you mentioned direct action folx can take to get back to what Pride should be about.

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  2. Exactly what needed to be said 👏 As always a very well done video. Thank you so much for your work.

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  3. The HRC is just a corporate whore. Give to REAL LGBTQ organizations that actually help our community. 🏳️‍🌈

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