A lesbian couple had their photo stolen by the popular Twitter account @relationships, and they weren’t enthused about the misappropriation.
Residents of Austin, Texas, 17-year-old Alexa Willis and her girlfriend Noemi, 19, have been a couple for over a year. As a gesture to show their commitment to one another, in April, they had custom debit cards made which featured photos of the couple kissing.
Alexa told BuzzFeed News it was, “so we always think about each other’s needs when it comes to spending our money.”
They posted an image of the cards on Twitter last spring:
my gf n i got customized debit cards pic.twitter.com/ZQM5CdomhG
— juice (@juiceblends_) May 8, 2017
The photo quickly went viral with Twitter users reposting it labelled as “#goals,” etc.
But things took a wrong turn on Saturday when the popular Twitter account @relationships stole the photo and repurposed it, changing the “gf” to a “bf.”
Yes, they decided to change the couple into heterosexuals:
Commenters were quick to point out @relationships’ mistake:
I think it’s two girls?
— (@fern_lover) September 24, 2017
Oh no honey it’s two girls pic.twitter.com/a2fPvhtvNs
— lottie saw D&P (@pastelpinkphan) September 24, 2017
Lesbians do exists pic.twitter.com/0pZauyLZS9
— Bree (@breedapra) September 24, 2017
— ew (@mmcvvi) September 24, 2017
The @relationships post has since been deleted, but when Alexa and Naomi caught wind of it, they were none to happy:
um this is my gf and i and we are LESBIANS https://t.co/oOOmoygGEo
— Alexa (@lexababy_) September 24, 2017
Commenters came to the couple’s defense, accusing @relationships of being heteronormative and insensitive to gay relations:
when i saw the original post i was so confused be i swore it was two girls but it said “bf”. heteros need to cut the shit bruh…
— ❦ (@uwuleyda) September 24, 2017
— mistress of the dank (@pettingcutedogs) September 24, 2017
— jessica ❥✨ (@jessxramirez) September 24, 2017
Just spent .2 seconds on that acct & have determined that the wtf-ery goes deep
— SpookySpacePrincess (@femmeaquatic) September 24, 2017
Directed at the owner of the offending @relationships Twitter account, Alexa told BuzzFeed News:
[It’s] very sad to know people don’t consider that there ARE gay couples, and it was obvious it was two girls. I would ask the owner of the account why they thought changing it to boyfriend was so important. And what did they think they would get out of it?
This sums it up:
LESBIANS! WE’RE UNDER ATTACK
— The English Simmer (@EnglishSimmer) September 24, 2017
Hopefully, this incident will cause @relationships to think twice about what they post so they don’t offend anyone else.