• Germany's news in English

Gay pride heroine says march too superficial and commercial

DDP/DPA/The Local · 20 Jun 2010, 12:21

Published: 20 Jun 2010 12:21 GMT+02:00

Judith Butler, a respected American leftist feminist intellectual who teaches at Berkeley was honoured at the parade, but used her moment in front of the microphone to reject the prize and criticise the march.

Renate Künast, head of the Green Party, first praised Butler for her work before the 54-year-old professor took to the stage at the Brandenburg Gate.

But rather than accepting the prize, she rejected it, saying the parade had become too commercial, and was ignoring the problems of racism and the double discrimination suffered by homosexual or transsexual migrants.

Reading in German from a paper, she said an alternative Christopher Street Day, which is organised in the Kreuzberg area of the city and due to be held next Saturday, was much more effective at tackling such questions.

Story continues below…

Around 600,000 people are estimated to have attended the parade which included around 50 trucks and groups of costumed marchers and dancers.

DDP/DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

18:42 June 20, 2010 by vonSchwerin
"But rather than accepting the prize, she rejected it, saying the parade had become too commercial, and was ignoring the problems of racism and the double discrimination suffered by homosexual or transsexual migrants."

She may be right about the commercialization and superficiality of the parade, but at least have the decency not to spit on the prize you're being offered! If she wants to criticize the parade, do it politely, at the right time, in the right place. AT THE PARADE when they honoring you is not the right time or place! Not a classy move.
21:23 June 20, 2010 by ColoSlim
And that is the Berkley, the anti-anti nothing is good enough attitude.

Why show up to reject the prize when you can just not show up which says the same thing.
09:33 June 21, 2010 by edgarpoe
what she did was very important.

That WAS the exact right time and place, if not then and there, then when and where?

She showed up and not accept the prize to make an statement of something important that is going on. Among the party and the halve naked guys people forget the real reason for the parade.

It has nothing to do about being 'classy', actually being classy in that context is a very superficial and silly thing, totally the opposite of what she represents.
14:54 June 21, 2010 by del jones
butler's concern with the commercialism of the parade is odd, given that she earns an annual academic salary of $ 230 000.

(see top salaries at U of California; http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/news/casalary/uc)

the california system is currently going broke, leading to many layoffs of teachers and unemployment. her salary that is quoted here is still higher, since it does not include her expense account and fees of $ 10000 for lectures given at other universities. i do think it is a bit facile to do politics abroad and ignore urgent labor issues at home. the academic star salaries are part of the problem. so i hope she would also refuse to enter into a salary system that does not reflect the political concerns of the humanities. many of america's current political intellectual leaders (jameson, bhabha, west, gilman, fish) have addressed every questionable aspect of cultural politics but have yet to address their own financial elitism. unemployment in the humanities runs high with only 1 in every 3 students securing a job. american academia has rightfully been called a ponzi scheme.
Today's headlines
Train evacuated as passenger flips out during ticket check
Police at the scene in Leipzig. Photo: DPA

A regional train was evacuated in Leipzig on Wednesday after a passenger became aggressive during a ticket inspection.

Man arrested in Wuppertal as part of Spanish Isis raids
Police detain the suspect in Wuppertal. Photo: DPA

Police have arrested five suspected members of an Isis cell in Spain, Belgium and Germany that spread propaganda for the group online, the Spanish interior ministry said Wednesday.

Germans cut home energy usage by six percent in a year
Hamburg at night. Photo: DPA

The Energiewende is the German government's ambitious policy of drastically reducing carbon emissions. New figures show one remarkable success.

Merkel party MP under fire for using Nazi propaganda term
Bettina Kudla. Photo: Büro Bettina Kudla MdB/DPA.

A member of Angela Merkel's conservative CDU party is in hot water after tweeting over the weekend a Nazi propaganda term in her criticism of the country’s refugee policies.

Govt denies planning bailout for troubled Deutsche Bank
Photo: DPA

Germany's finance ministry on Wednesday said the government was "not preparing rescue plans" for Deutsche Bank, denying a newspaper report that state aid was being considered for the embattled lender.

Munich at high risk of housing bubble: report
A view of Munich. Photo: Pexels.com

Considering buying property in Munich? This report might make you think twice.

After fatal hail storm, south Germany set to see sun
The hail storm in Baden-Württemberg on Monday night left the streets looking like a winter landscape. Photo: DPA.

A hail storm in southwest Germany on Monday night led to the death of one woman, but forecasters predict a bit more sun in the days to come.

Police shoot dead father who attacked daughter's abuser
Police at the scene of the shooting in Berlin. Photo: DPA.

Berlin police on Tuesday night shot and killed the father of a young girl at a refugee home as he tried to attack a man who allegedly sexually abused his daughter.

TV celebrity criticized for claiming 70 kg is overweight
Sophie Thomalla. Photo: DPA

Model Sophie Thomalla claimed that promoting models who weigh over 70 kg sets as dangerous an example as skinny supermodels.

UK files show how Spanish spy tricked Nazis over D-Day
Photo: DPA

Secret files released in Britain Wednesday shed new light on how a Spaniard dubbed the greatest double agent of World War II tricked Germany with false intelligence about the D-Day Normandy landings.

Sponsored Article
The Inner Circle: the secret to dating in Berlin
15 pics that prove Germany is absolutely enchanting in autumn
Sponsored Article
Why Jordan is the ‘Different’ East
10 German films you have to watch before you die
6 things about Munich that’ll stay with you forever
10 pieces of German slang you'll never learn in class
Sponsored Article
Retiring abroad: ensuring your health is covered
Seven great reasons to stay in Germany this September
Ouch! Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis
Six reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'
15 tell-tale signs you’ll never quite master German
Sponsored Article
Life in Jordan: 'Undiscovered treasure'
7 American habits that make Germans very, very uncomfortable
Story of a fugitive cow who outwitted police for weeks before capture
Sponsored Article
The Inner Circle: the secret to dating in Berlin
Eleven famous Germans with surnames that'll make your sides split
The best ways to get a visa as an American in Germany
Germany's 17 Olympic gold medals in pictures
14 facts you never knew about the Brandenburg Gate
Ten times Germans proved they really, really love beer
Six things you need to know when moving to Germany
These 10 little-known German towns are a must see
German scientists prove birds can sleep while flying
London v. Berlin: Which is better for startups?
13 mortifying mistakes German learners always make
Enter if you dare: Berlin's best abandoned haunts
10 rookie errors all Brits make when they arrive in Germany
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd