Tired of the traditional Thanksgiving fare? Well, VICE is here to spice things up with the piping-hot pilgrim take you never knew you needed:
— VICE (@VICE) November 22, 2018
The article was originally published a year ago, but it’s just as fresh today as it was then.
— boo? (@idontreid) November 22, 2018
Here, let Matt Baume explain:
As you sit down for turkey, corn, and arguments with relatives at Thanksgiving this year, take a moment to give thanks to Thomas Morton, who founded what could be considered America’s first queer hippie colony in 1625.
Today, Merrymount is a quiet neighborhood of Quincy, Massachusetts; residents explain that the name is an English translation of its original name, Passonagessit. But, bless their hearts, the truth may be more exciting. According to historians and original records, the pilgrims founded an unusually queer society—one that wasn’t straight-up accepting of all that queerness, per se, but had a more complicated relationship with it than you might think. In fact, as historians note, the name “Merrymount” can also refer to a Latin phrase meaning “erect phallus”—quite a coincidence, given the men erected an 80-foot pole in the center of town.
Though our modern understanding of sexuality would have been completely foreign to them, early European immigrants experienced same-sex attraction just as we do today, and they had queer sex, entered queer relationships, and formed queer households in ways that are surprisingly familiar.
Where would we be without VICE to teach us what our elementary school teachers failed to?
From last year, but no less funny. https://t.co/Furuqul2eg
— Doug Powers (@ThePowersThatBe) November 23, 2018
Unintentionally funny, but funny nonetheless.
— Jay Hernandez (@jay_hernandez) November 22, 2018
— Caleb Hull ???? (@CalebJHull) November 23, 2018
LOL, you are a parody of yourself.
— Eddie (@DearBossLetter) November 23, 2018
That seems like a pretty fair characterization at this point.
So does this mean we can celebrate Thanksgiving or not, Vice? https://t.co/yMuoMiv5Up
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) November 23, 2018
Vice: The Pilgrims were illegal refugees.
Also Vice: The Pilgrims were genocidal white supremacists.
Also Also Vice: The Pilgrims were LGBTQ.
— Andrew Haack (@ahaacksucks) November 23, 2018
It’s getting more and more difficult to keep up with this stuff.
— ?????? ℝ??? (@AndreaNRuth) November 23, 2018
Fire your hipsters. They have the vocabulary and the emotional intelligence of toddlers but the wizened obnoxiousness of octogenerarian liberal arts professors. You suck, dude. You suck all the things.
— ๏๔๔ Ŧɭєא ? (@nanimachines) November 23, 2018
Here’s a history lesson for VICE:
Once upon a time, Vice was actually cool. The End
— Jc (@jcsver5) November 23, 2018
Editor’s note: This post has been updated with an additional tweet.