Brad Pitt has hit back at organisers of a controversial ‘straight pride’ parade in the US city of Boston, telling them to stop using is name and likeness in promotional materials on their website.
Super Happy Fun America, the organisation behind the parade, had flaunted the actor as a mascot, saying: “Congratulations to Mr. Pitt for being the face of this important civil rights movement.”
Nobody got around to asking Brad Pitt, however, and per reports in People, the 55-year-old contacted the group via representatives and ordered them to get him the hell off their materials.
The organisers have since replaced references to the actor’s name with “[redacted]”, and have placed banners reading “censored” over photographs of him.
Brad Pitt is not the first person in Hollywood to lash out at the idea of the parade, with Captain America‘s Chris Evans taking to social media to declare:
“Wow! Cool initiative, fellas!! Just a thought, instead of ‘Straight Pride’ parade, how about this: The ‘desperately trying to bury our own gay thoughts by being homophobic because no one taught us how to access our emotions as children’ parade? Whatta ya think? Too on the nose??”
Evans then quoted from writer James Bell, a straight man who also rejected the idea of the parade, saying:
“There’s nothing I’ve ever had to fight for, or struggle against because I’m straight. And therefore, there isn’t any reason to take pride in it. Grateful for the privileges I get? Sure. But pride? I don’t see it. What I do see is that this parade is misnamed. It’s not a ‘Straight Pride Parade.’ I should be called [an] ‘I’m a homophobic piece of shit’ parade.”
Brad Pitt will next be seen alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.