If you’ve come here to defend yourself because the title of this Queerly Not Straight post made you mad, don’t even bother. Because no matter how you frame it, you’re homophobic, and you see the LGBTQ way of life as a threat to you. And if anything, it doesn’t make me mad at you for thinking that the “liberal agenda” is taking hold in the form of Pegga Pig showing that families have two moms sometimes in the episode “Families.” In fact, I feel sad for you.
I’m sad for you, dear homophobe, because your mind and heart are filled with so much hate that you can’t see past it. It clouds you, making you ignore the fact that your way of living isn’t the only way. Thinking in such a way limits your experiences, shuts you off from the rest of the world, and creates a divide between different communities instead of bringing them together. And it makes me sad that you would spurn two people loving each other because it isn’t “your vision.”
It’s even sadder when you take into account that there are some defending their homophobia against the two moms in Peppa Pig because it’s an “assault on their culture.” What culture? Because from where I’m standing, it just looks like a culture of hate, self-loathing, and repression. Oh, you mean Christianity? It’s not like Jesus preached love, and kindness, and surrounded himself with all sorts of people because he wanted a better world where all are welcome, not just those who are “acceptable.”
That makes me believe that those protesting Peppa Pig and the celebration of families that are also real, aren’t as kind and understanding as they claim to be. Their kindness has conditions and caveats, and if you don’t fit into them, you won’t receive any kindness. Which, again, just makes me sad for them and the tiny little box they put themselves and their children in. That leads me to my next point and one that homophobes love to harp on, with Peppa Pig‘s two moms being at the center of it this time.
Oftentimes homophobes shout, “Well, think about the children!” What about them? Children don’t care. They’re honest to a T and don’t care whether someone has two moms or two dads. Just like they don’t care when someone has a mom and dad. Do you know when they start caring? When their parents teach them exclusionary and homophobic behavior, that teaches them that hating and excluding others because of the parents they have, is more than fine. It’s welcomed. And THAT is wrong. That is the kind of behavior we shouldn’t be teaching our children.
And if homophobes really want to keep relationships out of it and let kids choose, well then, let’s go. Let’s remove ALL relationships from stories and lessons. Because if there shouldn’t be anything to “taint” their precious minds, let’s go all the way. No heterosexual or homosexual couples. Oh, and while we’re at it, we don’t want to bring gender politics into this. Let’s get rid of pronouns too. It’ll make things easier and let children decide on their own.
What do you think? Do you like it? Oh…you don’t? It’s almost like the problem isn’t children and their “delicate sensibilities” but the delicate sensibilities of their parents. Hmmmmm…interesting. It’s all coming together now. Homophobia is a learned behavior that keeps a community of hate going for a group of people that have nothing but hate in their hearts. So they come together and transform their homophobia into a sort of “culture” instead of experiencing other actual cultures.
It’s about exclusion with these homophobes. Making “the cut.” And keeping archaic values alive without understanding that LGBTQ people have been around way before Peppa Pig came around with her two moms, and they’ll be there long after this show ends. Because we didn’t just pop out of nowhere and ask for rights. We’ve always been fighting for them, across every civilization and country. And it’s sad to think that some think we’re a new “fad.”
We’re classic, dear homophobes. Always have been. Always will be. And there’s nothing you can do about it. Because we’re growing. We’re organizing. And we’re entering new spaces to make a better world for the kids who have two moms like Penny the Polar Bear in Peppa Pig. Because they matter and deserve to feel seen, loved, and like their way of living is totally normal. Plus, you wouldn’t deny a kid love because they have two moms, would you?
And if you would deny kids that love, speak out. Speak proudly. And get ready to be called out for your homophobic bullshit.
Queerly Not Straight posts every Sunday with opinion pieces, listicals, reviews, and more focused on the LGBT community (and occasionally about the Latinx community since I am Latinx.)