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

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.

“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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.


Samira Sadeque

Samira Sadeque

Samira Sadeque is a New York-based journalist reporting on immigration, sexual violence, and mental health, and will sometimes write about memes and dinosaurs too. Her work also appears in Reuters, NPR, and NBC among other publications. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School, and her work has been nominated for SAJA awards. Follow: @Samideque