Homophobic Ranting on Facebook
Earlier this week commuter Nelson Filippe took the photo, in which two women are embracing and gazing into each other’s eyes on a train platform in Rio de Janeiro.
He then posted it to his Facebook page with a seemingly homophobic rant.
At least that’s what it initially seems.
“I am not prejudiced, I think everyone does what they want out of your life. But I find it absurd that I should be forced to witness a scene like this,” he wrote.
“What one does in private is your business, but what you do in public concerns me yes. And I refuse to see a scene like this and consider it normal.”
“I do not wish ill of anyone, but people should be preserved. [They] are challenging social conventions, and this can be dangerous.
Filippe’s rant then takes an unusual twist.
“If after a tragedy strikes, or worse, if someone dies, who will put the blame on who? On me? Worst of all is the example for children.”
In the context, this sentence doesn’t seem to make sense. But then Filippe, a data analyst at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, does his big, humorous reveal.
“What would happen to a child who sees this scene every day?
“Kids will think it’s normal to wait for the subway on the yellow line. So, don’t act like that guy over there.”
It becomes clear that Filippe, in mock outrage, is referring to the man in the background of the shot who is breaking train safety guidelines by stepping over the yellow line.
Instead, he advises readers to stay behind the yellow lines and to “follow the example of the girls”.
The entertaining way to tackle homophobia drew thousands of comments and online congratulati