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 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.
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.
"It's not a perch, it's where we leave candles and messages," zir tweeted.
so for anyone not local to brighton.— lorc (@OccamsRockstar) August 5, 2018
unless i’m mistaken, that’s the fucking Aids memorial statue. that’s where we gathered as a community after pulse to mourn the lost, where we meet every year for world aids day. It’s not a perch, it’s where we leave candles and messages. https://t.co/ejeQthMPM8
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.
Just seen a tweet saying that in the picture I tweeted of myself celebrating Brighton Pride, I was sitting on the edge of an Aids Memorial. For sure didn't realise that and didn't mean to offend anyone if the picture did. I've deleted it! Thanks for letting me know x— Alfie Deyes (@PointlessBlog) August 6, 2018