February 21, 2020 at 2:18 pm EST | by Chris Johnson
Trump praises gay Bollywood romcom on Twitter
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President Donald Trump praised a gay Bollywood romcom on Twitter. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

To the shock — and perhaps even confusion — of many, President Trump on Friday retweeted a tweet from a British gay activist praising new a gay “Bollywood” romanic comedy movie in India.

Trump’s retweet even came with a short commentary on the film’s production: “Great!”

The movie, “Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan” (Extra Careful of Marriage), is billed as an attempt to win over older audiences in India with LGBTQ acceptance in the aftermath of India’s Supreme Court overturning Section 377, a Colonial-era law that had barred gay sex.

Initially tweeting out a PinkNews article on the film was Peter Tatchell, a progressive British gay activist who fought against Brexit and is tied to the U.K. Labour Party.

Tatchell, however, put significant distance between himself and Trump in the aftermath of the retweet, sending out another tweet condemning his anti-LGBTQ policies.

Trump has been a tear recently with PR seemingly intent to show his support for gay people. After appointing Richard Grenell this week as acting director of intelligence, Trump retweeted a tweet from White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere, who’s gay, calling Grenell the first openly gay Cabinet member.

Just last week, in the aftermath of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh attacking Pete Buttigieg, saying Americans wouldn’t vote for a gay president, Trump put distance between himself and his ally, saying he could vote won. (Limbaugh on his radio show later said Trump called him on the phone and told him to “never apologize” for that comment, which the White House hasn’t disputed.)

Overall, Trump has built an anti-LGBTQ record over his course of his administration. Among other things, his administration has implemented a transgender military ban, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court LGBTQ people aren’t protected under existing civil rights law and implemented religious freedom rules seen to enable anti-LGBTQ discrimination.

The White House didn’t respond to the Washington Blade’s request to comment on the Bollywood tweet.

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

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