Rainbows, they’re dangerous things. Far too dangerous for high school girls to wear on t-shirts, even on a day that’s designed to celebrate diversity.
According to an exclusive report in the Australian today, this Friday’s Purple Day has officially been saved from a student-led “rainbow hijacking” at Kambala, a private Church of England school in Sydney. Principal Shane Hogan has stepped in regarding the posters that appeared all over the school – even in the bathrooms – which suggested students turn “Wear it Purple Day” (which celebrates diversity and is supported by the school) into “Wear it Rainbow” day, to “express our support for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community.”
Wow what a scandal wow 🤔 pic.twitter.com/tz8tNDBEXG
— Bevan Shields (@BevanShields) August 22, 2017
If this report is correct, the posters were put up by students. Not in the middle of the night by some outside stealth organisation attempting to use rainbows to brainwash the minds of young women.
The report also goes on to say that “angry parents” had expressed their concerns. One anonymous parent said they were not only concerned about the “rainbow” posters, but also the very concept of “Wear it Purple” generally. “There may not be posters (but) they’re still celebrating the same thing. I have googled it. It celebrates diversity in sex, sexuality and gender.”
And yes, a quick Google search does demonstrate why this parent should be concerned. There are rainbows everywhere. Even young people holding love heart-shaped rainbows on the Wearitpurple.org website, and spelling out the word ‘Proud’.
I really hope this parent isn’t on Instagram…
It seems neither this concerned parent nor any others, approached the principal, despite his open door policy. Shane Hogan told The Australian the school will still be celebrating Wear It Purple Day regardless, and that students can get creative with their costumes in order to celebrate diversity, and even add a “touch of rainbow” if they wish.
I really hope students wear their “touch of rainbow” or dress as Bob the Builder or Wonder Woman or in black, or however they want, in order to celebrate diversity this Friday.
But to the girls who engineered this “hijacking” I salute you, and look forward to seeing you go on to do interesting and creative things in your careers. Hopefully in politics, because we could really use some of your leadership right now.