Project “Homophobia”

These are all screen-shots taken from my phone of comments and posts by people in my general area. This project is meant to show that homophobia, despite the recent progress, is still an enormous issue. Everyone is responsible for what they say, especially on social media platforms. Homophobia is harmful to everyone who hears, reads, or sees it. These are not the rantings of the Westboro Baptist Church, they are the comments and posts of people that I go to school with, students around my age, from my generation. This app, Yik Yak, truly shows how little character people have, especially when they cannot be identified and held accountable for their comments and actions. The quality of a person’s character can be judged by what they say or do, even when no one is watching, and the character of these individuals is truly frightening. The fact that this is an anonymous social media platform does not excuse people from the responsibility of what they say (or in this case type). Homophobia is a real problem, and even though there are less outwards instances of homophobia, passive aggressive or nonchalant posts and comments ┬álike this show how prevalent homophobia still is, and that there is still a lot of progress that needs to be made. These posts are shocking and disturbing to me, and as a reader/viewer I hope they are to you too. Perhaps after viewing this you will think more seriously about what you post online, and what you say out loud.

Project Homophobia

 

4 thoughts on “Project “Homophobia”

  1. You do realize most of the shit on Yik Yak is put there by a small handful of people, right? Sitting there to try to find a few homophobic comments is hardly an indictment of the campus at large.

    And yes, I voted against the LGBT seat. Does that make me a homophobe? No. This has certainly not done anything to make me reconsider my position, instead you’ve simply cheapened the level of discourse.

    • 1st and foremost, thank you for taking the time to look at and comment on my project. It is always nice for an artist to get a critique, whether it is a good one or a bad one.
      To answer your first question, yes, I am perfectly aware of how Yik Yak works, and that the majority of its users are probably Greek, like our lovely campus. I am by no means saying that everyone on Yik Yak is a homophobe, for I’m sure there are plenty that don’t use it. However, the comments are those that I’ve heard on a daily basis, and being an anonymous app, I can quote these people candidly without their inhibitions to reveal a major underlying problem at this university. The majority of users are undoubtedly Greek, and the Greek system is inherently homophobic. I think people are unaware of how homophobic and unfriendly this campus is to LGBT students, like myself. Hence Project “Homophobia.” And as to trying to find homophobic comments, I had no problem finding them, only ones without names.
      As to your comment about the LGBT senate chair, I don’t know you, so how could I possibly insinuate that you are homophobic? If that’s a reaction you are having, that is not the fault of the artist. An artist’s intentions and the reaction of the public very rarely, if ever, align. My intention was never to make a statement about the LGBT seat, for I’ve already done that in plenty of social media forums, but to raise awareness of the homophobia on campus, hence the name (unlike some artists, I like naming my pieces something that the viewer won’t misinterpret).
      And to your last statement, I am not attempting to sway anyone in one direction or the other, that is not the job of an artist. I am merely a mirror reflecting what I see back at the world. I am a statement artist, and I have made my statement. Feel free to refute or disregard it, but it is my statement nonetheless, a statement that is circulating and has plenty of support might I add. You say cheapened, I say validated. I have given solid and honest proof of the homophobia that exists on this campus. Don’t shoot the messenger because you don’t like the message.

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