Carl Austin-Behan, the openly gay mayor of Manchestor, England, loves Justin Bieber. Cool, do you! But some tweens at a recent Biebs performance were not exactly enthused to see an elected official in attendance at the concert and hurled some rather nasty insults at the politician and other concert goers. Now, Austin-Behan is taking to the internet to shame the hateful teenyboppers.
Austin-Behan overheard two girls arguing with a venue employee, claiming they were "not paying that to see a dirty gay.” Rather than let the comment slide, the former Mr. Gay UK confronted the children: “As I walked past them I thought ‘I’m not happy with that’ so I turned around and said: ‘Do you think that’s appropriate, in this day and age?’ That’s when the barrage of comments came back [saying] ‘Am I gay? Am I gay? Am I a dirty f*ggot?’ and all that sort of stuff that started coming out,” he said to The Guardian.
“I was annoyed. I wasn’t shaken up, I was annoyed," he continued. "Because it was a Justin Bieber concert there was a lot of young people there, and it was a mix of people. I was more annoyed that people could go to a gig like that and feel they could get away with saying things like that.”
Austin-Behan continued to drag the girls on Twitter:
“I’m in a privileged position at the moment as the lord mayor and one of the things I’ve stood my ground on is that we need to make sure we report hate crime and get that message across. The fact of highlighting that it’s still out there – however small it is, you still have to report it – because there are still people out there who feel it’s all right to be abusive,” he added.
“I’m quite a strong person, I can take that. But if people are still saying those things about someone’s sexuality, I find that really offensive and hurtful. It’s important that we stand our ground and that we demand the respect we should get. It may seem trivial to some people, a bit of name-calling, but it’s highly offensive.”
While an adult male going after teenagers on Twitter isn't always the cutest look, it's cool to see an official officeholder taking such a firm stance against hate speech.
h/t: LGBTQ Nation
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