So familiar – two friends / lovers leaning on each other, one reading, one sleeping – how ordinary is that?
Very – but from the online reactions the ease and ordinariness of their friendship is their greatest offense – Rod McCollum at Rod 2.0 explains:
The image was snapped of two young men apparently on Atlanta’s MARTA and the Twitpic is entitled “No Excuse: I Don’t Give a F-ck How Sleepy You Are.” So far, the image has 12,400+ views and has produced three pages of mostly cruel, homophobic and hateful comments. There are dozens more comments across Twitter and the Twitpic has migrated to gay-baiting black gossip blogs. One perennial gay-baiting blogger has slammed the two young men as “homo-thugs”, ranted about HIV/AIDS and complained that “it’s become nearly impossible to distinguish heterosexual men from down low thugs.” Are “down-low” thugs hugged up on public transit? Probably not …
It’s a very sweet and innocent photo. According to the comments, it seems the young men’s primary offense, in addition to seemingly being gay, is that they are “normal looking” and apparently in love. More power to them. It’s too bad more people don’t have the courage to be themselves.