This petition is calling for the cancellation of the event Queens of Pop, scheduled to perform in OMG Swansea on the 25th of April. The petiton is being spearheaded by myself, the LGBT Women’s Officer of Swansea University Students’ Union, after many students raised their concerns regarding this event.
The Queens of Pop video is not ironic in its performance (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zgku-p50gWo ). Black face is a form of entertainment based on crude racist stereotypes which has, over the centuries, disseminated a view of black people that mocks, dehumanised and encourages violence against them (see http://black-face.com)
The entire subject matter of the video consists of racist and homophobic material that uses language that would not be out of place at a BNP, EDL, or KKK rally. It is plain old-fashioned homophobia, mixed with some of the oldest and most pernicious forms of racism using the mask of ‘ironic entertainment’ as cover. The video is also used as a platform to make rape jokes about Will.I.am; thus fuelling the ever increasing growth of rape culture within our society.
As an LGBT establishment within our community they have a clear responsibility to support and represent the diversity within Swansea in all that they do, including who they ask to perform, especially as many of their audience will be experiencing racism and homophobia in their day to day lives.
If they allow Queens of Pop to perform, the message that they are sending out is that they are happy to support racist, rape apologist, homophobic acts and material; that BME and LGBT people are not welcome, respected or safe from ridicule at their event or in their organisation.
Swansea University Students’ Union is not alone in their opposition of Queens of Pop performing at their establishment. Our decision to protest this event has the support of Swansea Metropolitan Students’ Union, as well as the LGBT Officers for the National Union of Students in Wales and the UK. Queens of Pop are an act that have repeatedly faced opposition from the LGBT community, and as such have been removed from various events in the past, including Manchester Pride in 2013.
This petiton asks that OMG Swansea take the only sensible decision available to them and remove Queens of Pop from performing at their venue, with a clear public statement reasserting their commitment to the diversity of the LGBT people they serve.
In school we were bullied and made fun of for not fitting in so we found comfort and put passion into other things. These things despite being bullied for we loved because they were our own and made us feel good. Now that were older the things we were bullied for are trendy and are flaunted around us by people who looked down on us and are praised for it, and it’s the biggest slap in the face.
But it isn’t worth being bitter over because that’s a waste of time and energy and thinking about those people in our past is as well and that’s why they aren’t in our present.