AN online video showing two straight male radio presenters holding hands has gone viral, depicting homophobic harassment in a UK street.
Radio presenters Iain Lee and Justin Dealey were filmed conducting a social experiment by acting as a gay couple.
The experiment was brought on by a 23-year-old gay listener who called the radio station and said that he and his boyfriend frequently received insults from strangers on the street. This came as a shock to the radio presenters.
In the video, the presenters were harassed from strangers on the street within the space of 10 minutes. Dealey had also noticed that a parent ushered their child away from them as they walked past.
Soon after, Lee and Dealey confronted a teenage boy who they earlier heard say, “ugh” as they walked past.
When the presenters confronted him, the teen appeared reluctant to respond as the pair pressed for a response.
The woman who was with the teen spoke instead: “He doesn’t obviously agree with homosexuality. He’s got a stigma. He’s a teenage boy.”
The presenters then asked the woman about her own views.
“I’m not against it, but I don’t like it in my face, to be honest,” she said.
“It does make me feel a little bit embarrassed if you two were to embrace in a kiss, I would feel a little bit awkward but that’s about as far as it would go.”
The woman remarked that she was not “narrow-minded” but said same-sex couples were not a common sight in Luton.
The experiment follows the recent viral video of a young female who walked through the streets of New York City, receiving harassment from men as she passed them by. Her video also spawned spin-offs around the world, including ones of gay men being subjected to homophobic harassment.