As an out-and-proud homosexual couple who’ve been collectively for 20-plus years, homophobia has all the time been one thing that Darcy Michael and Jer Baer have been pressured to cope with. Now that Darcy & Jer are massively fashionable stars on TikTok and on tour, the love they obtain from followers far outweighs any on-line hate flung at them. For Michael, nevertheless, it is also par for the course, since confronting homophobia was one thing he did each evening as a standup comedian. Talking with Now Toronto, Michael recalled one present in a small Alberta city the place some native skinheads have been threatening him with violence. “However I did 45 minutes and each homosexual joke I might have finished in Toronto or Vancouver,” he stated. “If I do not do this, I am empowering their hate.”
In actual fact, Michael has lengthy been a believer that, as an entertainer, he has a accountability to make use of his platform to push again in opposition to homophobic hatred. “My dad and mom all the time stated to me, you probably have a stage, use it,” he informed Xtra. “You probably have individuals’s consideration, use it for the messages you wish to put on the market.”
In accordance with Michael, the rise in brazenly anti-gay sentiment in recent times is one thing he’d prefer to see everybody, not simply the LGBTQ+ group, take extra significantly. “And , all that is finished is by not pushing again on them, it is simply emboldened their hate,” he stated.