During a show in Manchester Little Mix helped a gay fan propose at their gig which outraged one ‘homophobic’ supporter.
During a show in Manchester, the girls spoke to fans Tom and Adam who then popped the question in front of the sold-out arena. But sitting in Manchester Arena was fan Hera and her six-year-old son who tweeted that it was her “first and last time” watching Little Mix.
“A staged marriage proposal and kissing,” she wrote, “my six-year-old lad asking me questions now. You’ve taken that innocence away from my kid and my rights as a parent to tell him in my own time about them things #ShameOnYou.”
However, it did not take time for Twitter to absolutely school her, as users rolled their eyes so much at the former Little Mix fan’s homophobia local ophthalmologists were flooded with calls.
“Your poor child,” tweeted one concerned user, “having to be raised by a homophobic moron.” Another added: “If your child is six years old and he doesn’t know that sometimes men love other men (and women love other women), it is you who should be feeling shame.
Other fans, such as Holly, highlighted the hypocrisy hidden in Hera’s parenting playbook. “I find it fascinating how some parents will go to great efforts to lie to their kids about the existence of Santa, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny for years but can’t face explaining the very simple and normal concept of same-sex love/marriage?”
One fellow parent shared their advice on teaching her “child tolerance” and helping her son “grow without prejudice and be a good ally”. To which Hera simply responded “No, thanks” to the offer.
Another user explained how much “courage” it takes for queer people to be so visible – “you don’t know the fear we feel, to be judged, to love someone without hiding” to which Hera hit back “And equally, you not having children do not understand where I am coming from either,” which caused several parents and guardians to universally tweet that they “don’t have a single clue where” she’s coming from.
The proposal itself, which saw the new betrothed bathed in rainbow lights – preceded the band singing ‘Secret Love Song Pt II’ from their third album, Get Weird, which was dedicated to their LGBT+ fans.
It wasn’t the first time Little Mix have performed with the rainbow behind them, though. Earlier this year, the band performed under a giant Pride flag in Dubai, where gay sex is illegal.