Published on November 18th, 2011 | by Editor6
Pulse Accuse SDM of Homophobia
Following several comments treating Insite’s coverage of the SDM vs PULSE carcades, social democrat students PULSE have released a statement of clarification accusing Christian democrats SDM of homophobia.
In the video, PULSE President Glenn Micallef speaks to supporters of his organisation outside Junior College, angrily condemning an episode in which SDM activists manipulated the PULSE logo to read “Pufti” (a homophobic slur) and posted it on Facebook under the profile “Pulse Hara” (“Pulse are Shit”)
The PULSE president insisted that his comments, which featured in last week’s PULSEJC meeting, were not made with offensive intent. On the contrary, Mr. Micallef further stated that “The speech was simply highlighting an episode in which SDM members manipulated and edited the Pulse logo with the intention of insulting and denigrating their rival organisation.”
As proof of his claims, Mr. Micallef showed Insiter Online a screen shot of a Facebook profile displaying a spoofed version of the PULSE logo, reading the word “pufti”. The screenshot also shows popular SDM activist Gayle Lynn Callus listed as a Facebook friend.
Glenn Micallef additionally condemned the use of such language also emphasizing that “Pulse consider as purely ignorant not only the manipulation of the organization’s logo, but worse than that, the use of such words with the purpose of defamation or insult. Homophobic comments and acts were always condemned by Pulse.”
In reply, SDM Vice-President Andrew Aquilina expressed his disappointment with Pulse’s statements claiming that the issue has already been dealt with. The SDM official dismissed Pulse’s reaction as “pitiful” relating to the upcoming Junior College elections. With regards homophobia, Mr. Aquilina trusts in the maturity of the general public considering the ambiguity of certain vulgarities, once again regarding Pulse’s opportunistic approach as disrespectful.
The Christian democrats also commented: “taking into consideration that an Election is around the corner and instead of discussing factual student matters that help students and their environment, they are resorting to such measures. This clearly shows that ‘pulse’ are trying to win students over by brainwashing them against SDM.”