Claiming to be LGBTQ allies to make money
Are you going to the parade tomorrow?
Dunno. I might be too cynical but it just seems like more rainbow washing to me.
|Virtue signaling||Demonstrating moral superiority|
|Performative activism||Activism performed to gain social standing|
|Greenwashing||Deceptively claiming to be eco-friendly|
|Get woke||Become aware of social issues|
|Woke||Aware of social issues|
|Chasing clout||Doing things just to become popular|
|LGBTQ||Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer|
|LGBTQIA||Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual|
|Friend of Dorothy||A person who identifies as LGBTQ|
Rainbow washing is when a company uses rainbow imagery associated with the LGBTQ community to appear progressive to make money. For example, a company may market and sell t-shirts with rainbow colors during Pride month (June) but not spend time or money supporting the LGBTQ community.
What is the origin of greenwashing?
Rainbow washing is a variation of the greenwashing and whitewashing terms. The term dates back to at least 2015 but became popular in June 2022 as LGBTQ supporters criticized businesses for making money during Pride month without supporting the cause.
In some cases, "woke" businesses donated millions of dollars to politicians that oppose the LGBTQ community while pretending to be allies. Other terms related to rainbow washing are virtue signaling and performative allyship.