Gay couple targeted with threats calling for them to be sent to the ‘gas chamber’
A Polish TV journalist was sent death threats after coming out as gay with a Roxette lip sync video.
Jacob Hajduk and David, a couple of seven years, shot the video in July at the Baltic Sea in Poland.
He said even though Poland is a Catholic country, he wanted to show gay people are ‘absolutely normal and our love has no difference to their love’.
But while he originally intended to just show the YouTube video to friends and family, it ended up becoming a coming out to the world.
The video, which also received praise from Roxette themselves, has now been viewed over 200,000 times.
But when the Polish media wrote about the video, the couple suffered a backlash.
People called to ‘cut their throats’, while others wanted to ‘pour acid on them’ or ‘send them to the gas chamber’.
The couple are receiving threats on their Facebook accounts everyday.
Hajduk told: ‘One day I came home, I saw David crying. We’ve been together for seven years and I’ve never seen him devastated like that day. His mom reads the comments and she calls us every day checking if anything bad has happened.
‘It’s not just homophobia – it’s homo aggression.’
While the couple considered taking down the video, Hajduk felt like it would be a ‘step backwards’.
‘We thought we if took down the video,’ David said, ‘we would have let them win. So we decided to not give up and to spread our story all around.
‘It’s not easy, but this situation shows us it is not just a funny video. It showed how much still needs to be done to let gay people in Poland feel safe and proud of their sexuality and who they are.’
Watch the video below: