Sen. Mike Enzi implies it's okay to beat up gay men if the conditions are right.
Speaking at Greybull High School in Wyoming last Friday, Sen. Mike Enzi was asked by students how he could improve the lives of LGBT people, he answered:
"In Wyoming you can be just about anything you want to be, as long as you don’t push it in somebody’s face. I know a guy who wears a tutu and goes to bars on Friday night and is always surprised that he gets in fights. Well, he kind of asks for it. That’s the way that he winds up with that kind of problem."
People immediately took notice of the statement which seems to imply that men wearing tutus are deserving of a beating.
Social media began to go into activism mode as men and women began dressing in tutus and posting their pictures in retaliation.
Sen. Enzi released an apology, clarifying that his intent was not to condone violence.
"It is such a simple lesson–it is never permissible to hurt another. Hatred in any form is destructive to the very foundation upon which our society is built. No person, including LGBT individuals, should feel unsafe in their community."
However, the social media backlash was in full effect and over the weekend the hashtag #liveandlettutu was born and trending.
Said Instagram user tywolf111, "Senator Michael B. Enzi: If I have to use your building for school, then I'm sure as hell going to wear a tutu in it. I guess I'm "asking for it."
And another said, "ceyonce #liveandlettutu Because everyone deserves to be treated with respect. Because victims are not to blame for the ignorance and violence they encounter. Because I look soooooooo cute in this tutu!"
Along with posting a picture men in tutus, Meiratz issued a challenge to the Senator: "Hey @senatorenzi here is a message from four votes in Lander Wyoming, house district 54. We see your blatant disregard for minorities and your loudly expressed privilege and ignorance - we will raise you three tutu's and a "please show up to any town hall meeting, ever."
Perhaps this 1985 song from Denise LaSalle could be used as an anthem to the movement by changing just two words.