An LBGTQ-themed video from the U.S. Navy that champions the usage of "correct pronouns," the importance of gender identity, and the goal of making a "safe space for everyone" is getting soundly ridiculed — in fact, one commenter reacting to the clip wrote to Americans that "you're gonna lose the next war."
What are the details?
The nearly four-minute video — posted in late May on the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service website — features Conchy Vasquez and Jony Rozon, "both engineers at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Division Newport" who "discuss the importance of using correct pronouns as well as polite etiquette when you may not be sure of someone's pronouns."
The clip is listed as an "Official US Navy Video" and uses "LBGTQ" and "Pride" tags. The Defense Visual Information Distribution Service is run by Defense Media Activity, which "keeps Department of Defense audiences around the world informed, collects and preserves the Department’s visual information records, and trains the Department’s Public Affairs and Visual Information professionals."
The clip begins with Rozon — sporting a bright rainbow shirt — and Vasquez introducing themselves by using their preferred pronouns.
"Using the right pronouns is a really simple way to affirm someone's identity," Rozon says. "It is a signal of acceptance and respect."
"If it's a signal of acceptance and respect," Vasquez continues, "how do we go about creating a safe space for everybody?"
The pair offers pointers on correct pronoun usage in conversation and interaction with others and the importance of using "inclusive language" and "gender-neutral language."
"Instead of saying something like ‘Hey guys,' you can say, ‘Hey everyone,' or ‘Hey team,'" Rozon adds.
"Another way that we could show that we're allies and that we accept everybody is to maybe include our pronouns in our emails or, like we just did, introduce ourselves using our pronouns," Vasquez explains.
How are folks reacting?
The majority of those reacting to the video on the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service website are ridiculing the clip.
- "What in the absolute crap is happening with our military?" one commenter asked.
- "Such BULL-S**T... when the bullets fly and the ... bombs start hitting... 'pro-nouns' won't matter in the military," another commenter wrote.
- "The one thing that unites a work force is one mission, not pronouns," another commenter stated.
- "Hello to my American friends. Just a short message: you're gonna lose the next war," another commenter warned.
(H/T: Washington Free Beacon)