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These Hateful Comments Lasted Just 20 Minutes Outdoors. But they’re still online.

Work / Fondation Émergence / 2019 / Latest Work

For the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia this year, we took homophobic and transphobic posts from social media feeds and displayed them in the streets to confront people. Every 23 seconds, a homophobic or transphobic comment is posted online, and nobody cares.

Because our reflex is to ignore those comments online, we made them unignorable. We selected, printed and displayed 74 hateful posts from the last 6 years on a wild postings palissade in Downtown Montreal.

The posters were initially supposed to be on display for a few days but we got shut down by the police in less than 20 minutes. A dozen calls had already been made to report the hatred. Thing is you can still find these messages online.