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Gay Turtle Sold At Pet Store Illustrates Homophobia Is Still Rampant

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The #GayTurtle project was created by Amnesty International and TBWA Istanbul to illustrate how homophobia and hate crimes are still a major problem in Turkey (and everywhere else.)

Utilizing sly humor and a small militia of hidden cameras, the below video features an aquarium worker informing shoppers that they’ve just chosen to purchase a “gay turtle.”

The reactions run the gamut. There’s cursing, uncomfortable silence,  shock, and one customer who even responds, “Give me a normal, non-gay, standard turtle.”

Watch video of the sales exchanges below.

H/t: LGBTQ Nation