This 7-Year-Old Girl Completely Shut Down A Homophobic Preacher With a Rainbow Flag

This 7-Year-Old Girl Completely Shut Down A Homophobic Preacher With a Rainbow Flag
Source: Facebook
Source: Facebook

Whether they come from J.K. RowlingEllen Degeneres or Tyra Banks, the Internet loves celebrating major celebrities' epic responses to homophobic haters. But one first grader just proved that sometimes, the most powerful statements are also the simplest.

The day after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality, Ryan Bowling took his daughter Zea to ComFest, a family-friendly music festival in Columbus, Ohio — hardly a political event, he noted on YouTube. But even so, a preacher decided to take the opportunity to accost festival attendees with "graphic, and bigoted" rhetoric. 

"You can live a life that's filled with His redeeming power," the man yells at the young girl. "You'd have somebody to look after you and love you and get you through your life." 

In response, Zea simply holds a gay pride flag in his face.

"They went toe to toe, for several minutes, while he bellowed all of his fire and brimstone right in her face," Bowling wrote in a Facebook post. "She told me afterward that she did feel scared. The one thing the people of #comfest2015 never let her feel though? Alone."

Bowling's observation is clear from the video, as other ComFest attendees make a point to high-five the young girl for her courageous stand.

Hopefully we'll move toward a future in which first graders will learn about homophobia in their history books rather than face it on the street. But until then, we're lucky to have girls like Zea willing to fight to get us there. 

Watch the full video of her awesomeness below:


Source: YouTube

h/t Huffington Post

How much do you trust the information in this article?

Julie Zeilinger

Julie Zeilinger is a staff writer at Mic as well as the founder and editor of The FBomb (thefbomb.org), a feminist blog partnered with the Women’s Media Center. She is also the author of "A Little F’d Up: Why Feminism Is Not A Dirty Word" and "College 101: A Girl’s Guide to Freshman Year."

MORE FROM

Minneapolis police chief resigns after fatal shooting of Australian woman

Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau announced in a Facebook post that she is stepping aside.

Mentally ill prisoners in Louisiana forced to bark like dogs for food, lawsuit claims

Investigators came. Everyone was told not to speak to them.

Philando Castile’s mother supports Justine Damond’s family at march in Minneapolis

"We're just here to support the family," she said. "That's all."

Lawyer says Justine Damond is “most innocent” police shooting victim he’s ever seen

Observers were quick to point out that several black children have been killed by police.

A jail in Tennessee is offering reduced sentences for voluntary vasectomies

Eugenics lives on in 2017.

How the media covers “honor killings” in different ways for women of different religions

Experts say these deaths should be viewed as acts of domestic violence.

Minneapolis police chief resigns after fatal shooting of Australian woman

Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau announced in a Facebook post that she is stepping aside.

Mentally ill prisoners in Louisiana forced to bark like dogs for food, lawsuit claims

Investigators came. Everyone was told not to speak to them.

Philando Castile’s mother supports Justine Damond’s family at march in Minneapolis

"We're just here to support the family," she said. "That's all."

Lawyer says Justine Damond is “most innocent” police shooting victim he’s ever seen

Observers were quick to point out that several black children have been killed by police.

A jail in Tennessee is offering reduced sentences for voluntary vasectomies

Eugenics lives on in 2017.

How the media covers “honor killings” in different ways for women of different religions

Experts say these deaths should be viewed as acts of domestic violence.