If there is one thing we hate here at Escort Ireland it is prejudice. This is why we found the story coming out of Brighton last week absolutely hilarious.
Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s have been forced to apologise after telling a lesbian couple to stop kissing in their store.
Well, the local LGBT community weren’t going to take their rights being impinged upon lightly, and staged a ‘kiss in’ at the store which attracted 600 romancers.
Well, the ‘kiss in’ did exactly at it says on the tin. They all started kissing each other whilst customers shopped around them.
After the event, the student union at Sussex University tweeted: “Thanks to everyone who took part in the #bigkissin. Great to see people in Brighton and beyond showing we like kissing and hate homophobia.”
The incident that led to this situation saw student Annabelle Paige get into trouble after starting to kiss in the store. At this point a customer went and complained about what they were getting up to. It is alleged they were asked to leave by a security guard, though it has to be said, this has been denied by the store.
Now on hearing this story, and as a none reactionary kind of guy, I did wonder about the incident. Were these two sticking their tongues down each others throats (something I don’t particularly want to see from a straight couple) and then pulling the homophobia card?
Well it seems the incident was only a ‘light kiss’, according to Ms Paige.
She said: “I’m so shocked and upset about it. I get that if another customer is uncomfortable that’s a bad thing… but the problem is the other customer was in the wrong and essentially being homophobic.”
Sainsbury’s has apologised, saying in a statement the couple “were not behaving inappropriately and we are very sorry that they were treated in this way”.
A spokeswoman for the supermarket said of the protest: “We understand the point that people were making and we were happy to welcome the Big Kiss-In to our store.
“We’re pleased everyone had fun and we were happy for the chance to remind everyone just how important being an inclusive business and employer is to us.”
Well that all sounds very good, and is pretty decent PR to be fair. Instead of kicking off about the protest, embracing it as part of your ethical code. Instead of questioning whether the pair have blown up the situation out of all proportion, give everyone a good laugh. It would have been very easy for Sainsbury’s to do this wrong.
In the end it seems that no-one has really been hurt. The LGBT community get to stick their fingers up at those they consider homophobic, and Sainsbury’s get to put a good spin on what was, at best a mis-handled situation.
Now I’m going to say one thing that may cause a little offence to those who just want a reason to kick off. Though watching these lesbians kiss in the above video is rather sexy, it is the level of deep kissing I don’t really expect, or want to see when I am getting my weekly groceries in.
Now let’s get this straight; I don’t want to see two women kiss, two men kiss, or a man and woman kiss in that manner. If I moan about anyone going at it in the middle of my local supermarket, it isn’t because I am some sort of dickhead, it’s just that if I want to watch people go at it, I will turn Pornhub on!
Is this kiss-in a good laugh, or is it one step to far. Let us know in the comments section below, or chat about it in the Escort Ireland forum.
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