This homophobe really, really does not want to use rainbow stairs

A video shows a man struggling to climb big steps, all so he doesn't have to use rainbow stairs.


Samira Sadeque

Internet Culture

Published Oct 5, 2019   Updated May 20, 2021, 2:06 am CDT

A now-viral video shows a man who seems to be so homophobic that he is struggling to climb–jump, rather–up steeper non-stairs, all so he doesn’t have to use rainbow stairs with pro-LGBTQ messages painted on them.

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“Homophobes really are stupid. Just walk on the rainbow stairs dude,” Twitter user @DCHomos, who first shared the video, wrote. The nearly 30 second-long video now has millions of views and been shared thousands of times. 

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While there’s no way to prove whether this person was avoiding the stairs because of its messaging, it sure does seem that way. Many pointed out the symbolism of him going out of his way to avoid the stairs. 

“Great metaphor for how they make their own lives more difficult in a world evolving around them,” Twitter user @IamIanJacob wrote.

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And, some actually enjoyed watching the man struggle. 

“I enjoyed watching him struggle. when you’re overtly homophobic it requires more work. shows directly how much energy people waste hating a group when there’s an easier option,” Twitter user @mikahxo wrote.

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People couldn’t pass up the opportunity to crack jokes.

“He knows walking on rainbow stairs could make him gay. That’s how it happened to me, walked on rainbow stairs and kissed the first cute guy I saw. Before I was straight, at the top I was a bottom. lol,” Twitter user @AlanT101 wrote.

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Hopefully the video was made in jest, or its subject simply wanted to get a good workout in, as some users suggested. But, in our day and age, you can never be sure.


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*First Published: Oct 5, 2019, 5:22 pm CDT