Gay activists, Matthew “Matty” Hart and Zoe Strauss, are under fire for posting photographs of themselves on Facebook giving the middle finger to President Ronald Reagan’s official portrait while attending the LGBT Pride Reception at the White House.
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The White House didn’t respond Friday to a request for comment on the photographs, but we're thinking this may mean the activists' future White House invites will probably be lost in the mail.
Matthew Hart didn’t return a call from The Washington Times seeking comment, but he told Philadelphia magazine that he despises Reagan's legacy.
“Yeah, f– Reagan,” Mr. Hart said. “Ronald Reagan has blood on his hands. The man was in the White House as AIDS exploded, and he was happy to see plenty of gay men and queer people die. He was a murderous fool, and I have no problem saying so. Don’t invite me back. I don’t care.”
According to The Washington Times, "Mr. Hart is national director of public engagement at Solutions for Progress, which receives public and private funds to help 'individuals and families working to overcome poverty and to build long-term financial stability,' according to its web site. Ms. Strauss is a photographer."
President Reagan's role or some would say, lack of a role/inaction during the initial AIDS crisis remains a hot-button issue for the LGBT community, but is it appropriate to flip off his portrait while visiting the White House (at the current President's invitation) and post it on Facebook?
We're not sure that sends the right message. What do you think, Instincters?