LGBTQ+ people get stereotyped all the time.
Some common gay male stereotypes include: Gay men being effeminate and flamboyant, having a "gay accent" or higher pitched voice, loving musical theater, walking differently--all quantitative stereotypes used to "other" gay men by straight people.
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A gay man named Cameron Joseph Peña played on these stereotypes and weaponized them against an anonymous Starbucks Barista who was deemed by Peña and his friend in the car to have a gay-sounding voice.
Scum, garbage, trash and shit https://t.co/7I9lqiajpt— Colyn (@Colyn)1598234473.0
Peña, the gay man depicted in the video, was an aspiring TikTok star.
He appears to have made his account private after several condemnations of his making fun of the Starbucks barista for having a "gay-sounding" voice.
@colynelliott I never hate comment on tiktok but I came across this earlier and had to say something. It’s vile.— Kedzie Teller (@Kedzie Teller)1598235141.0
@colynelliott The worst part about this is that the poor boy probably thought they were hot and flirting— International House of Wizards (@International House of Wizards)1598242284.0
@colynelliott This is the reason why we say that in LGBTIQ+ community there’s homophobia. Internalized homophobia a… https://t.co/yaV2hRjKL5— Zou (@Zou)1598297863.0
@colynelliott @cam_themannn sucks so hard. Watching this video enrages me. The cracker of this is that dude is gay!… https://t.co/EXytuBeSsC— Mark Garrison (@Mark Garrison)1598914106.0
He then went on to post another inflammatory video where he told everyone criticizing him for the TikTok to "get over it."
@colynelliott It gets worse: https://t.co/psDT3aTLyI— Kedzie Teller (@Kedzie Teller)1598268931.0
@Kedz @colynelliott He’s still sucking on that same seltzer? Bruh, if you can’t finish quicker, you need practice.— SeanBenét Ramsey (@SeanBenét Ramsey)1598274368.0
@Kedz @colynelliott No remorse. Truly maddening.— High Pfizer (@High Pfizer)1598320883.0
@MARKEEZY_IDK @cam_themannn This guy is so gross. Stay in TN bruh.— R. O. B. B. 😎 (@R. O. B. B. 😎)1598247684.0
His page then issued an apology shortly after.
However, not everybody is buying that his apology was a genuine one.
@cam_themannn You did do it with ill intentions. You made the video to make fun of someone for the way they talk, a… https://t.co/6DHfTw34Cm— Chase (Taylor’s version) (@Chase (Taylor’s version))1598297612.0
@cam_themannn From here on out, protect your LGBTQ brothers and sisters from the exact kind of cruelty you displaye… https://t.co/uvyLiSWUw4— Adam Ramzi (@Adam Ramzi)1598284241.0
@cam_themannn What a disgrace. You very much knowingly did it with ‘ill intentions’. And you quite rightly need to… https://t.co/oTDpoGLlPB— Moira Rose Saying Bébé (@Moira Rose Saying Bébé)1598999311.0
@cam_themannn Sigh...just do better. Apologize to that individual. If we don’t respect each other, non LGBTQ+ peopl… https://t.co/d49Khnte2k— Bridgette Azul (@Bridgette Azul)1598368184.0
@cam_themannn Internalised homophobia is a massive problem in our community and you are the prime example. Who hurt… https://t.co/9JMNTsx6ik— Jordan A-N. 🏴🏳️🌈 (@Jordan A-N. 🏴🏳️🌈)1598306082.0
Internalized homophobia is very pervasive in our culture, and stems from a number of stimulus we were exposed to, including TV and film, family pressures, and peer pressures.
Let's keep trying to undo it one step at a time.