Why Did Gay Folks Have To Hijack The Rainbow?

Rainbows aren't always gay

My sister once made a profound observation to me, and a recent trip to www.urbanoutfitters.com made me remember it. All she said was that she is upset at the fact that gay people stole the rainbow from the rest of the world. You can’t wear anything remotely close to a combination of the colors in a rainbow before people will think that you’re trying to get some kind of message across in gay code. Hell, you don’t even see Lucky Charms commercials like that any more. Lucky the Leprechaun got tired of folks harassing him, talking about they want to put his purple hearts, orange stars, blue moons and green clovers in their mouths. He went on strike. Toucan Sam is also looking into getting his beak painted one color now.

But yeah, I saw a pair of shoes on the site and I thought to myself, “They aren’t bad…But dammit, that’s a rainbow.

I get enough of the wrong kind of attention as is(if you don’t believe me, read the comments section from the R.I.P. entry a couple of weeks ago). Regardless of how good the shoes may look on my feet, the rainbow would make folks think that I am trying to pass along some kind of hidden gay message.

It’s a damn shame that men and women can no longer wear anything with a rainbow on it before folks start thinking they’re into the same sex. Since it’s too late to do anything about the rainbow, I propose that gay folks make their next symbol something that straight people will not miss. I say that the next new gay symbol should be Leopard Print. That way, you still get to be “flamboyant” and “fierce,” yet us straight people with a sense of style will not care about having to leave that look alone for the rest of our lives. Just a thought…

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26 Responses to “Why Did Gay Folks Have To Hijack The Rainbow?”

  1. Stacy 22. Mar, 2006 at 6:29 pm #

    Me and My friend were in class the other day not paying attention and looking at shoes on the internet. He said he liked them, but he thought they were gay also. I don’t think they are gay b/c they really don’t have all the colors of the rainbow. If I saw a dude wearing them I wouldn’t think he was gay.Don’t your jeans or whatever cover that part of the shoe most of the time anyway?

  2. mrs.tj 22. Mar, 2006 at 6:29 pm #

    I was thinking the rainbow looked kinda gay even before I figured out what that symbol meant.
    I was going to say if you like them shoes, wear them damn it!
    But, NAW! I think I would be making fun of ya too! HA!
    (although there is nothing wrong with gay folks-had to add that disclaimer in there so I won’t be getting no hate mail.)
    My hair sylist was gay…Yeah! And I know 3 white people. HA!

  3. Amadeo 22. Mar, 2006 at 6:29 pm #

    I agree after the Rainbow Hijack I restricted myself to earthtones.

  4. The After Party Hostess 22. Mar, 2006 at 7:46 pm #

    OMG! I, like, just had a thought. What WE (yeah I want my cut) need to do is create a leopard print flag with a rainbow in the center. After the first summer, we can just make the rainbow smaller. And each year, the rainbow will get smaller until voila, the whole flag is leopard!!! Grand idea isn’t it. Get at me! We could make a killing selling these bad-boys on the fruit loop (Dupont)!!!

  5. Lady_Mystique 22. Mar, 2006 at 10:01 pm #

    I know what you mean. With Gay Pride being represented by the glorious rainbow, I can’t look at my homegirl, Rainbow Brite, the same way ever again.

    P.S. I read your “love letter” in your R.I.P. comments section. I guess you just radiated sooo much testerone through the computer screen…ole boy couldn’t contain himself! But seriously, sorry about that. At least its digital and not in person!

  6. Tenacious 22. Mar, 2006 at 10:01 pm #

    That “Rainbow” Thing do work my nerves sometimes…It’s even worse when the gays try to embrace you as one of their “lost” sistas (How the hell was I suppose to know my freshman year that wearing the little pin they handed out on the quad was synonymous with being “out and proud”-well according to the Black folks-Random women that day just coming up and hugging me…A little too long for my taste *shudder* See what happens when you accept random crap from strangers on Quad Day? lol*)

    The shoes do look a little “It’s raining men” but you know that won’t stop Deebo and dem from rockin them with their crisp Akademics jeans and button up…And still f*ck you up in the club for steppin’ on them!

  7. Tamara 22. Mar, 2006 at 10:01 pm #

    OH HELL NO….I love my leopard heels!!! Don’t start no shit, Leon!! I gave up rainbows, I’m not giving up the leopard heels!!

  8. Erica 23. Mar, 2006 at 9:22 am #

    I feel that but hey, when was the last time YOU were REALLY interested in rocking something with a rainbow on it? lol. Cross Colours?

  9. Karamelly 24. Mar, 2006 at 2:07 am #

    I say this all the time

  10. Leslie Stone 24. Mar, 2006 at 2:07 am #

    No, stacy. He can’t do it. The design is just too rainbow-esque. Even with his pant legs covering the colorful symbol, he runs the risk of someone lifting a pant leg up out of curiosity or sheer admiration of the shoe? What then Stacy? I feel you girl, but Hustleman wouldn’t be playing it “safe” if he bought those shoes. They are too risky. I’m a woman. I’d think immediately: he may be a DL guy. GUYS STAY AWAY FROM THE RAINBOW!

  11. P. Alonzo Harris Jr. 24. Mar, 2006 at 2:07 am #

    hey mister,

    i hope all is well…

    let me say that i feel the same way with Black Greeks on college campuses across the country, and you see it among our people…

    God forbid a sista didn’t pledge AKA be wearing pink and green… she might get shanked…

    the same goes for Kappas, Alphas, and Sigmas….

    folks create this movements, organizations, etc, and claim colors or symbols as their own…

    for those folks who stop wearing the colors, be it pink or green, blue or white, black or gold, or the rainbow colors, it is their own insecurities… and they need to work it out themselves and not project it outwardly on a people…

    because i tell you what… im going to wear the AKA, SIGMA, ALPHA, and or KAPPA, colors everyday of the week if i want… you know why, because i know that none of these entities have any right to claim ownership something that is universally owned by everyone…

    straight people need to realize that and get a hold of their shyt… it is so funny to be a dominant group in thise country, they sure walk on egg shells all the damn time…

    especially brothers…


  12. Bklyn Diva 24. Mar, 2006 at 2:07 am #

    LMAO.. certain things MEN shouldn’t wear and THOSE KICKS are one of them.. but THEY WOULD LOOK DAMN GOOD ON ME.. thanks BNB..LOL

  13. Original Sindee 24. Mar, 2006 at 2:07 am #

    I feel ya on the gay people hijacking the rainbow thing. It’s bad enough that they stole the word “gay” from us. That sh– used to just mean happy!!! Now it means “I’m a man who likes it up the @$$” or “I’m a girl who licks carpet” (no disclaimer. The angry homos can send me all the hate mail they want! ).

  14. Anonymous 24. Mar, 2006 at 1:42 pm #

    For me, gays didn’t deface the rainbow. I was anti rainbow ever since they came out with that rainbow bright doll back in the day. I remember mean kids would tease you and call you rainbow bright if you got caught with one. Needless to say my mother used to dress me in the rainbow shirt and I caught hell.


  15. savvy 24. Mar, 2006 at 1:42 pm #

    damn dude wrote you a letter
    anyways i feel you on this leon. i saw those shoes on the net and reacted the same as you… soo sad.

  16. They're still watching me 24. Mar, 2006 at 1:42 pm #

    You can’t own the colors! I used to feel like that about the rainbow until I remember what it is supposed to mean: “The Rainbow is God’s promise that he will destroy the earth by fire next time instead of water.” That’s pretty gangster, those are my kind of colors…LOL After attending an HBCU, I’ve grown weary of people trying to claim colors. I like wearing red, it looks good on me. My favorite animal is the elephant and has been since I was 2. I wish a Delta would say something to me. My attitude is I’m going to wear what looks nice on me and I will correct your innappropriate response if you bring it round my space. Hustleman, If you like the shoes, buy the shoes. Personally I think they would look better without the white sole but hey, it’s your feet baby. I think as long as you don’t pair them with your nut hugger booty shorts, you should be fine…LOL Just don’t resort to saying “no homo” while you are wearing them because that’s so “not hetero.”

  17. Hustleman 24. Mar, 2006 at 2:09 pm #

    @ Stacy, jeans probably wouldn’t cover that part, unless they’re bordering on too big. Besides, what would be the point in buying them just to cover them up?

    @ Mrs TJ, thanks fo ryour honesty lol

    LOL @ Amadeo

    @ The After Party, e-mail me. Tonight I might be at a certain place where I saw a certain beautiful blogger last time I was there. We can talk business then LOL

    LOL @ Lady Mystique. If someone did that in person, we’d have to fight lol

    LMAO @ Tenaciaous for finding out about the rainbow the hard way

    @ Tamara, alright Peg Bundy…

    @ Erica, I’m LMAO @ Cross Colours. You’re actually right. That was the last time I wore one item of clothing with that many different colors in it

    @ Karamelly, I know I wasn’t alone

    LOL @ Leslie warning other women. That shit is true LOL

    @ P.Alonzo Harris, the sole reason the straight male majority walks on eggshells is because that label is a MOTHERFUCKER…lol. You don’t even have to do anything other than get called gay enough times before people start rumors and women stop fucking with you. Look at Tom Cruise…lol. I’m not 1/1000 as rich or famous as him, so I can’t afford a publicist or movie star baby’s momma. I just have to tell people to go to Hell or slap the shit outta ‘em when they start some shit…LOL. Perfect example: The lady that commented above you even said she’s warn complete stangers not to give me their phone numbers because the shoes indicate gayness. This era of that “down low” shit is making everyone crazy.

    @ BK, Go ahead and get those shoes…When some big Shirley Hemphill looking woman with a tattoo of Rosie Perez on her neck comes up to you and grabs your butt, don’t say I didn’t warn you

    LOL @ Sindee. I donlt even think gay folks gave themseles that name. I think it was some straight dude making fun of them saying they looked “happy” or some shit like that and it just stuck.

    LOL @ Jen

    LOL @ They’re still watching me. That Greek thing in school was funny, too. I got into a brief confrontation with some Kappas senior year because I was hanging out with a few of my friends who were Kappas talking to women on the waterfront at HU and I just happened to have on a red t shirt that day. Some of their brothers came over and one of them said some slick shit. I had to let him know that they don’t have a monopoly on the color Red(or “Crimson” or whatever the fuck the call it). It got straighened out before it got ugly, but that shit was kind of funny to me.

  18. Cool AC 24. Mar, 2006 at 5:33 pm #

    LOL! Leon you are Hi-larious! I must say, I like the idea of making leopard print the new gay thing. I hate that stuff!

    But you know those shoes would be ok, I think the thing that makes the rainbow gay is when you have purple as the last stripe. No purple in the shoes!

  19. Original Sindee 25. Mar, 2006 at 2:01 pm #

    P.S. Leon, you might be able to get away with wearing the shoes if you wore a shirt with the colors of the Jamaican flag. Just a thought.

  20. prodigalsun 28. Mar, 2006 at 1:06 am #

    Who really cares about wearing a rainbow? Are you really mad about losing the rainbow dude?

    I hate to say it… but… thats kinda gay. lol

  21. Hustleman 28. Mar, 2006 at 1:09 am #

    LMAO @ Prodigal Sun…IT’S THE PRINCIPLE, MAN!!!


    @ Original Sindee, I don’t like them enogh to go through this many changes just to wear them…LOL. I’ll get a pair of shoes that are less vibrant and colorful lol

    Good point @ Cool AC, but still…It’s close enough, so I’m leaving them alone

  22. Tamara 28. Mar, 2006 at 5:12 pm #

    Who you calling Peg Bundy!!!??? LMAO

  23. DJ Diva 04. Apr, 2006 at 12:37 am #

    I still love Leopard Print. Now you gonna have all the lesbians after me…

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  25. Lavey 16. Jun, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    Uggghh i feel the same way. I love colors and i’ve always loved the rainbow, but whenever i say that, people think “damn she must be lesbo”. No, no i’m not, i said i loved the rainbow, not women. For example, i had this really cute peace hippie style rainbow peace magnet for my car, and my brother asks me “are you gay?”.

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