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Epic Speech on Homophobia by Panti Bliss Gets Backing Dance Track from Pet Shop Boys: LISTEN


At the beginning of February, activist Rory O'Neill, also known as drag queen Panti Bliss, took the stage after a performance of James Plunkett’s 1913 Lockout drama The Risen People in the national theatre, and gave an impassioned speech on homophobia that took the internet by storm.

Now the Pet Shop Boys have given Panti's speech the backing track it deserves, making "The Best Gay Possible" an activist anthem for the new age.


(via jmg)

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  1. Sorry, but I don't think this is very good as either a message or a dance track.

    Posted by: Tigernan | Mar 9, 2014 11:18:48 AM

  2. they fit the backing track nicely, but i'm not at all sure it needs one. brilliant rhetoric.

    Posted by: bandanajack | Mar 9, 2014 11:25:29 AM


    Posted by: Wayne | Mar 9, 2014 11:28:14 AM

  4. Awesome. Awesome.

    Posted by: Michel | Mar 9, 2014 11:53:29 AM

  5. PSB, by putting their music to those words, are going to get them much more exposure, across the board.

    Just my gay opinion. :)

    Posted by: edude | Mar 9, 2014 1:34:19 PM

  6. TIGERMAN, what about the message don't you like?

    As far as the added PSB track.. I like it, I just think it's too loud. You can barely hear Panti at some points.

    Posted by: theotherlee | Mar 9, 2014 3:03:12 PM

  7. Her speech is brilliant, and anything to get the message out there is a great thing.

    Posted by: peterparker | Mar 9, 2014 5:53:14 PM

  8. pure bliss!

    Posted by: Chickletts | Mar 9, 2014 6:36:27 PM

  9. ok i liked the speech, and i like the pet shop boys, but this combo is a trainwreck for me.

    i think the music couldn't dilute and detract from the message more. it makes it seem totally trivial.

    Posted by: NOTICE | Mar 10, 2014 8:26:59 PM

  10. The backing track drains the power from the speech. Panti's original pauses and silences are effective, and the edits and extended music passages don't enhance it, unfortunately. You really have to hear the emotion in Panti's voice while speaking about the internalized self-hate that can result from homophobia to be moved by it.

    I don't mean to knock Pet Shop Boys -- their intentions were good -- it's just that the project's outcome distracts from the message in this case.

    Just search "Panti homophobia speech" for the original.

    Posted by: Rich | Mar 11, 2014 2:41:31 PM

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