Twitter Users Swarm Anti-Gay British Politician with Images of Men Kissing
On Wednesday morning, Jacob Rees-Mogg, a conservative Tory in British Parliament, appeared on the show Good Morning Britain to talk about his opposition to same-sex marriage. So in response to Rees-Mogg’s homophobic views, Twitter users have started using #moggmentum — a hashtag originally intended for supporting his rise to the role of Prime Minister — to post pictures of same-sex couples kissing.
Rees-Mogg’s opposition to same-sex marriage explained
During the Good Morning Britain interview, Rees-Mogg said:
I’m a Catholic, I take the teaching of the Catholic church seriously. Marriage is a sacrament and the view of what marriage is is taken by the church, not parliament. I support the teaching of the Catholic church. The marriage issue is the important thing, this is not how people arrange their lives.
While he’s technically correct that marriage is a religious sacrament, it is also a secular bond granted by government, and pretending that the two are separate ignores the long history of the church’s involvement with government.
His view may also seem odd seeing as England has already legalized same-sex marriage. However, as a Tory conservative, his politics are meant to woo religious conservatives who may support him on other contentious social issues.
Inserting same-sex kisses into the pro-Rees-Mogg hashtag
Writer Alex Andreou started the hashtag hijacking with a Wednesday night tweet that read: “Wouldn’t it be a DREADFUL thing, if homophobic leadership wannabe Jacob Rees-Mogg’s hashtag #moggmentum was totally swamped by homoerotica?”
His tweet was favorited 3,475 times and retweeted 1,902 times and has since started a campaign filled with dudes kissing.
Since then, many Twitter users have begun using the #moggmentum hashtag to share images of same-sex couples kissing.
Here are some male couples kissing under the #moggmentum hashtag
— Alex Andreou (@sturdyAlex) September 6, 2017
— Alex (@Electric_Loove) September 7, 2017
— Rebecca Koncienzcy (@RDKoncienzcy) September 6, 2017
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