Alfie Deyes Deletes Pride Photo After Backlash For Posing On An AIDS Memorial

6 August 2018, 12:31 | Updated: 6 August 2018, 12:43

Alfie Deyes deletes Pride photo after it sparks backlash
Alfie Deyes deletes Pride photo after it sparks backlash. Picture: Alfie Deyes // Instagram

By Josh Lee

Alfie Deyes has apologised after unwittingly posing for a Pride photo on the Brighton AIDS memorial.

This weekend saw hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ+ people and allies descend on the seaside city to celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride, posting a picture of himself waving the Pride flag with the hashtag #loveislove to celebrate. But, despite his good intentions, Alfie inadvertently chose a inappropriate spot to take his photo - perched on a cast bronze sculpture dedicated to those killed by the AIDS epidemic.

deleted photo of Alfie Deyes posing on AIDS memorial at Brighton Pride
Alfie Deyes poses on an AIDS memorial at Brighton Pride. Picture: Alfie Deyes // Instagram

As one Brighton resident pointed out on social media, the statue has become a site of community for Brighton's LGBTQ+ residence - each year, queer Brightonians meet there to celebrate World AIDS Day, and turned into a memorial site for the victims of 2016's Pulse nightclub terror attack.

The Brighton AIDS memorial
The Brighton AIDS memorial was finished in 2009 and created by local sculptor Romany Mark Bruce. Picture: Ross Burgess // Wiki Commons

"It's not a perch, it's where we leave candles and messages," zir tweeted.

Responding to the criticism, Alfie said that he "didn't realise" the significance of the memorial, and "didn't mean to offend anyone" with the picture, before confirming that he'd deleted the image.