Video Shows Littered Park Following the Gay Pride Event in Manhattan
As the rainbow festivities petered down in New York, a clip was shared online of the left-over debris. Mixed reactions followed, with many emphasizing that litter is widespread after most large events.
A video was posted on Twitter by conservative author Andy Ngô of litter strewn across Washington Square Park in Lower Manhattan. This followed the Pride Parade this past Sunday.
The clip circled the area, showing a large amount of waste throughout the park. A man with a leaf blower walked by as gust flew out of the contraption, blasting some of the debris around.
AN ANGRY TWEET
The author of "Unmasked: Inside Antifa's Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy" wrote in his Tweet, expressing his disdain for the littered scene. He penned:
"The attendees of the gay pride event in Manhattan yesterday left the public trashed. Video by@elaadeliahu"
The video has so far received around 825,000 views. The comment section was heavily divided on the issue, with almost 2000 quote tweets.
DIVIDED OR UNITED
Some claimed that the littering was specific to Pride events. On the other hand, many expressed that litter is the norm at all festivals or big gatherings and that the Pride Parade shouldn't be singled out.
The LGBTQ+ parades originally kicked off in the 1970s. This was in honor of the 1969 Stonewall uprising.
Either way, both sides of the fence agreed that leaving such a large amount of waste on the ground is wrong. The post received around 18,000 likes in total.
Before this scenery of litter was recorded, there was already controversy present during the festival itself. A food vendor situated near the Pride Parade was attacked and eventually taken to the hospital.
It was claimed that this was in response to the vendor uttering a homophobic slur, while local officers alleged that it was due to an argument over high pricing. The police and festival-goers clashed during the event.
THE ROAD TOWARDS RIGHTS
The police have also played a critical role in the origination of the Pride Parades. These kicked off in the 1970s in honor of the 1969 Stonewall uprising; this occurred due to law enforcement raiding a gay club in Manhattan.
In 1979, individuals took to the streets again for the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. This marked the tenth anniversary of the uprising and was a first of its kind.
Although it was an uphill battle for the LGBTQ+ community, same-sex marriage became increasingly accepted in the USA during the early 2000s. Finally, in 2015, it was legalized across America by the Supreme Court.
COLORFUL AND PROUD
Since then, it appears that an increasing number of individuals are beginning to accept the LGBTQ+ community. Kandi Burruss is one such person as she recently took to Instagram to celebrate Pride month.
The actress donned a two-piece rainbow outfit complete with a matching multi-colored umbrella. Taking to the caption, she wrote, "Live your life to the fullest! #HappyPrideMonth."