Granted, it’s in the best interest of a gay cruise line to show the island nation Bermuda doesn’t have a problem with its clientele stopping by to frolic in the sand, but we’ll let you be the judge: Of 401 Bermuda residents polled by Celebrity Cruises’ research firm Mindmaps, 53 percent said they supported gay ships visiting; 21 percent said they were firmly opposed.
Now let’s break it down by race so everyone can throw a shitfit: ” A breakdown of the figures shows a smaller portion of the black community 42 percent supports gay cruises than the white community, at 64 percent. A total of 29 percent of black people listed themselves as opposed to such cruises, compared to just 11 percent of white people.”
And when it comes to marriage? Support came in at 27 percent; opposition at 51 percent — and racial lines also skewed disproportionately.
How’d all this come about? Because a Celebrity Summit ship rolled into Bermuda’s shores carrying a bunch of gays a couple months ago, and, notes the Royal Gazette, “there were no protests, and a welcoming party for the visitors attracted a crowd of more than 100 people to the bar Latin in Hamilton. That was in sharp contrast to events in 2007 when a cruise company owned by US celebrity Rosie O’Donnell cancelled a trip to the Island for gay families after church groups threatened protests. The then leader of Government’s Faith Based Tourism initiative, Andre Curtis, led a vocal group of conservative Christians who opposed the trip. He said at the time: ‘We may just choose to pick them [the passengers] up by bus and bus them to our church, to different denominations, and have the pastors pray for them.’”
So the obnoxious religious-based terror has ended, but the Dark ‘n Stormys are still the same: delicious.