Nothing says “defend traditional marriage” like a winged dude in tight silver spandex

In an apparent effort to show how “hip” and “cool” hate is, French anti-gay bigots held anti-“gay marriage” rallies across the country over the past month with really awful turnout  – one of the main groups brags that it got 4000 people to turn out in Paris.  Here’s the problem: Anything less than a million people at a street protest in Paris is considered a failure.

The rallies were held to counter French President Hollande’s legislative push for marriage equality for French gay couples, as per his promise during the recent presidential campaign.

Now, the French are a people who love to rally in the streets against n’importe quoi (aka anything and everything). So when only 4000 people show up at a rally – in Paris, no less – it means your support is practically non-existent.

Perhaps some of the reason the French anti-gay bigots aren’t turning on, and out, the masses is their odd choice of surreal bird-men in silver tights for their nationwide “flash mobs” against marriage equality.  Here’s an example of one such winged man in the French town of Le Mans:


The men dressed in body-fitting silver spandex, sporting wings reading “mommy” and “daddy.”  This particular bird-man of Le Mans, looking a bit like a space-age Richard Simmons with glasses and tamer hair, “flew” around the protest square between two groups of segregated supporters, old men dressed in green (the dads) on the left, and somewhat younger women dressed in reddish pink (the moms) on the right. And every time bird-man would flail towards one group or the other the assembled crowd would yell “maman!” or “papa!”, apparently to signify that even Japanese anime fetishists need parents, or perhaps just colorful voyeurs.

And here’s the entire video of the street performance.  It’s a doozy.

(H/t This is Andres)

PS I wonder if ABBA actually gave the French bigots the rights to use the song “Mamma Mia” at their rally in Paris. (The beginning of the video via this link shows the Parisian version of the spandex guy.)

CyberDisobedience on Substack | @aravosis | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

Share This Post

51 Responses to “Nothing says “defend traditional marriage” like a winged dude in tight silver spandex”

  1. CJO says:

    Hey, les français,
    ceci est absolument ridicule! Laissez les gens s’aimer et créer leurs familles librement.

    L’avenir prouvera qu’il est bien plus perturbant pour un enfant de voir son papa et maman se déguiser en oiseau dans un justaucorps en spandex et s’adonner a un spectacle de rue si ridicule, dégradant et intolérant — bien plus qu’il ne sera perturbant d’avoir deux papas ou deux mamans. Pauvre

    Entout cas, faute d’avoir réussit à démontrer quoi que ce ne soit au niveau social, ce pauvre petit groupe d’intolérant a prouvé qu’ils sont capable de réaliser un fiasco théâtral…

  2. wmforr says:

    So why weren’t they playing Bette Middler’s “You are the wind beneath my wings”? And presumably you can’t fly with two pink wings or two green wings.

  3. mpeasee says:


  4. Pauvre bebe a mange trop de rillettes!

  5. Sweetie says:

    It should have been Dancing Queen.

  6. BeccaM says:

    You pulled that right out of my brain. ;-)

  7. A reader in Colorado says:

    You know, if he were to inflate those wings, he could jump off the cliffs of Normandy like a big silver bird.

  8. Sweetie says:

    The chicken lady would burst into a cloud of feathers at the sight of him.

    Oh… he’s an a-n-g-el? A BIG BIRDIE! Awuohw….


  9. Sweetie says:

    ABBA isn’t so bad. Now, Working for the Weekend… that’s bad.

  10. Bob Parker says:

    I seriously doubt that they got approval to use Abba’s music – they are well known for their LGBT support, especially on Broadway for their Mama Mia musical cast & movie cast/crew.

  11. karmanot says:

    I’ll go as far as that—-he was hatched.

  12. karmanot says:

    I’ll join you. Only the best people go to hell. Heaven is actually a whites only Republican Country Club that serves eternal lunches of creamed chicken and overly sweet rice pudding.

  13. karmanot says:

    ROTFL Same for my GI Joe.

  14. karmanot says:

    The religious right’s Gangnam Style?

  15. karmanot says:

    Has to be straight because he’s obviously never heard of sock therapy.

  16. Nokkko says:

    I lived in Le Mans for about eight months last year, and I just wanted to post to say that the Manceaux aren’t like that in general. Le Mans is a great town, full of warm, kind people, and homophobia wasn’t something that I ever really encountered. Don’t let these idiots make you think that everyone in Le Mans is like that

  17. Butch1 says:


  18. Butch1 says:

    They should have been chanting: ” Pee Pee!” “Petít ” “Pee Pee! “Petít” ;-)

  19. BeccaM says:

    I imagine it would be far more entertaining if one was stoned on strong hallucinogens.

  20. BeccaM says:

    Sadly, I almost didn’t need to look up the lyrics. I had embarrassing taste in music as a young teen during the 70s.

  21. That’s exactly it.

  22. And I assume he doesnt’ wear wings :)

  23. Oh how funny!

  24. You know, their adoration of Jerry Lewis is starting to make sense.

  25. LiberalTexasDemocrat says:

    possibly proving my completely unscientific theory that homophobia is inversely proportionate to the size of one’s junk.

  26. Zorba says:

    No kidding, Becca. I would prefer to think that, if there is any Omnipotent Being, then he/she would have a whole lot better things to worry about than the sexual orientation or gender identification of each and every human on this particular planet. The Omnipotent Being that I would prefer would basically say: “Hey, people, treat each other well and do the best you can.”

  27. Randy says:

    I think I get it. You see, he’s a baby bird, and baby bird needs one mama and one papa. If he has only one, it’s like he has a broken wing — he can’t fly. So if he has one papa, his “mama wing” is broken. Likewise, if he has one mama, his “papa wing” is broken.

    But when he has both a mama and papa wing, he is a whole bird and can take flight!


  28. BeccaM says:

    I decided long ago that I wasn’t interested in any deity who behaved like a psychotic abusive parent who regularly orders his specially chosen ‘children’ to go killing each other over perceived violations of culturally-based laws and traditions.

    A Hell-Shouter back at college loved to tell me (and everyone else) we were all going to suffer eternal damnation for our sins. I once told him, “Better that than an eternity spent in the vicinity of an omnipotent super-being with OCD and a hair-trigger temper.”

  29. microdot says:

    I live in a small rural commune here in France. Our village has had an openly gay mayor for the last 6 years and he is extremely popular and well liked and will be re elected if he chooses to run for re election.

  30. BeccaM says:

    I could SO see Second City or Kids in the Hall doing that as a skit.

  31. BeccaM says:

    There’s a bump?

  32. BeccaM says:

    Yes, really.

    It’s a woman bemoaning the fact her lover (spouse? the song isn’t clear) has been mistreating her and walking out on her, and as soon as he’s gone, she’s helplessly and hopelessly pining for him to return. The refrain is just a standard chorus of depressed longing, but here are the relevant main lyrics–

    (Mamma Mia! – ABBA, 1975)
    I’ve been cheated by you since I don’t know when
    So I made up my mind, it must come to an end
    Look at me now, will I ever learn?
    I don’t know how but I suddenly lose control
    There’s a fire within my soul
    Just one look and I can hear a bell ring
    One more look and I forget everything, w-o-o-o-oh
    Mamma mia, here I go again
    My my, how can I resist you?
    Mamma mia, does it show again?
    My my, just how much I’ve missed you
    Yes, I’ve been brokenhearted
    Blue since the day we parted
    Why, why did I ever let you go?
    Mamma mia, now I really know,
    My my, I could never let you go.
    I’ve been angry and sad about things that you do
    I can’t count all the times that I’ve told you we’re through
    And when you go, when you slam the door
    I think you know that you won’t be away too long
    You know that I’m not that strong.
    Just one look and I can hear a bell ring
    One more look and I forget everything, w-o-o-o-oh
    (refrain repeats twice)

    Definitely not what I’d call a song about stable or healthy family structures. And it’s got nothing about motherhood — just a sad woman of incredibly low self-esteem.

  33. Zorba says:

    It’s pretty weird, all right.
    The other thing that I have always thought was pretty weird was the fact that, at least in Western countries, it is Christians who seem to be in the forefront of the anti-gay and anti-same-sex-marriage movement. But stop and consider their “savior.” Let’s see, a Jewish man who remained unmarried his entire life (granted, it only lasted until he was 32 years old or so, if you believe the scriptures). Never seemed to have a female “significant other,” rumors about J.C. and Mary Magdalene to the contrary, and he surrounded himself with male disciples. And the author of most of the Epistles, St. Paul, said that “Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I do.”
    Hmmmm. You do the math.

    Oh, well, if they are correct, I’m sure I’ll burn in Hell for this! ;-)

  34. karmanot says:

    Clearly, so non gay. Did these people never see “Angels in America”? Now that’s an angel.

  35. karmanot says:

    “is supposed to represent a child?” More likely a fetus—-‘plains the tiny bump.

  36. The funny thing is that it looks like an American caricature of French theater.

  37. Is it really?

  38. Oh yeah, I’m convinced that’s what he represents, he’s a child held up by two wings, one mom and one dad. I didnt’ say it in the post because I figured everyone would see it that way. Convinced that’s what it is, flailing in the world, mom and dad supporting him, blah blah blah.

  39. slappymagoo says:


  40. 2patricius2 says:

    Papa, Mama and baby gaybird.

  41. Sweetie says:

    I’ve seen stupid things in my time, but that is probably in the top 10.

  42. BeccaM says:

    So it’s your theory the wispy, ectomorphically androgynous bespectacled man with thinning gray hair, flailing about in silver spandex and a pair of crude leaf-shaped wings, between two groups of people old enough to be grandparents, is supposed to represent a child?

    I suppose it’s possible… still weirder than all hell. Nice to see that in France, like in the States, most of the anti-gay bigots are aging themselves into irrelevance.

  43. BeccaM says:

    And actual women, too.

  44. BeccaM says:

    WTF? I’ll admit the entertainment value has the Westboro Baptist Church loons beaten flat, but this is just effin’ weird. It’s like Samuel Beckett adapting a stage version of Finnegan’s Wake.

    And they’re using ABBA’s ‘Mama Mia’? Don’t they know it’s a song about adultery and unfaithfulness?

  45. Mark_in_MN says:

    Sure, it’s a poor street theater attempt to say that children, learning to live life and likely to stumble from time to time, need the support of parents and adults. But what does this have to do with only allowing heterosexual marriage? Nothing. There was no difference in this, well, whatever it was, between what happened with pink clad “mothers” and the green clad “fathers.” It seems to me that one could just as easily do the same performance (but, please, don’t) to say that parents care for children regardless of their gender.

  46. AdmNaismith says:

    I’ve seen drag performers with bulgier tucks.

  47. nicho says:

    with said gentleman sporting his junk

    Really? If I were that poorly endowed, I’d stay away from spandex body suits entirely.

  48. kingstonbears says:

    That was absolutely bizarre. It was great to watch the people in the background. They totally ignored these idiots. And most of the men looked like grandpapas, not paps.

  49. olandp says:

    There is nothing like great theater, and this is nothing like great theater. WTF?

  50. microdot says:

    Don’t worry, nothing these idiots can say or do will stop marriage equality from becoming the law of the land in the next few weeks. The majority of the French support marriage equality. While the UMP party public engages in their long drawn out embarrassing exercise in fraternicide, we have profited by now granting free abortions and enhanced free, non parentally involved access to contraception for school kids. But, we French like great theater, we can only hope in the next few weeks, the Conservative Catholics might hire a better choreographer.

© 2021 AMERICAblog Media, LLC. All rights reserved. · Entries RSS