One of the greatest joys in life is when a villain gets their comeuppance, especially when they are hoist by their own petard. Sometimes that means a criminal thwarting their own robbery, other times it can simply be an individual getting a taste of their own medicine. In the case of the STOP SAFE Schools Coalition (yes, that’s their real name), an Australian hate group, it can be funding the very thing they sought to destroy.
A youth organization was organizing a formal dance for minors who are often ostracized by society for being different. Rather than attempt to join another prom where they would run the risk of being bullied or otherwise harassed for being different, they opted to host their own alternative event, and planned to charge $10-$40 per ticket in order to fund it. When the STOP SAFE group got wind of the event they had a brilliant plan that they must have stolen from the Grinch himself: They would buy all the tickets and hold them, thus thwarting the children’s prom.
What the group did not take into consideration, however, was that by purchasing the tickets they would be giving money to the very event they opposed. What they thought was going to happen to the money is anybody’s guess, but extremists are rarely a logical bunch. In addition to that, their efforts raised the profile of the event and Minus18, the hosts of the formal event, received a whopping $45,000 in the first few days.
Of course, this was more than sufficient to hold the event, and Minus18 was able to not only hold the event, but allow free attendance for the teens. Additionally, there was enough leftover to help fund a second event later this year. Talk about an epic fail on the part of the haters.
STOP SAFE’s main opposition to the dance was that it would allow same sex couples and others who are often left out at events such as these. Rather than to just let them be and host their own event, they chose to try to sabotage it in such a way that even a Saturday morning cartoon villain would deem over the top. No word on whether they twirled their pencil thin mustaches while cackling about ruining the night of the teens.
Of course, now the group is attempting to downplay the role they had in the success of the event and the addition of a second one due to their efforts, but you can be sure they are stewing in their lair, plotting their next scheme and vowing to stop those kids next time. Meanwhile, the kids will enjoy their party and have a gay old time on the dime of their would be interlopers.