Major fail for bigot who tried to wreck photographer's business

Major fail for bigot who tried to wreck photographer's business September 6, 2018

When a prospective client – a devout Christian – discovered that Houston-based photographer Alicia Verdier, above, was gay, she launched a vicious on-line campaign to aimed at destroying Verdier’s business.
But the bigot’s campaign spectacularly backfired when hundred took to social media in support of Verdier, who wrote on her business Facebook page:

Thank you all so much. I cannot express how touched I am by everyones’ messages and words of support. You all are so amazing. I wish I could thank each and every person who has reached out, in person.

Verdier, who owns Alicia Verdier Photography and is married to Erin Hanson, said she had agreed to photograph a birthday party for the client’s 5-year-old daughter. The client then went on Verdier’s personal Facebook page, noticed an LGBTQ Pride flag filter on her profile picture, and began bombarding the photographer with hateful massages. Here just one:

In another rant, the zealot wrote:

You lifestyle is unacceptable. May God have mercy on your soul. I will pray for you.

Verdier said she considered publicly identifying the client, but chose not to do so because she is trying to be a model for her kids.

 I didn’t want to behave in any way similar to her. She named me all over the place to try to destroy my reputation, and turning around and doing something similar didn’t feel like the right response. And I didn’t feel like reacting in that way, by naming her, would do anything to change her mind.

While Verdier did lose a number of Facebook followers, it appears that her story, which has gone viral, has garnered her a great deal of support.
Verdier said:

I live every day trying to model pride for my children, because I want them to always know that they should love themselves and others, as they are. But reading her [the Christian’s] words, I didn’t feel proud; I felt a little broken. That’s why I am so grateful for the people who continued to stand by me and endorse my photography. Their support for my business overwhelmed me with hope for the future of the LGBTQ community.

And on her business’s Facebook page Verdier stressed that she works “with people from all walks of life, without hesitation,” and doesn’t discriminate against any group.

If you have a problem with any of that, then I am not the right photographer for you.

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  • AgentCormac

    I think Verdier has reacted in precisely the right way here. By responding to vicious personal attacks and insults with dignity and grace, she has successfully demonstrated the moral chasm which stands between herself and her detractor.

  • L.Long

    Challenge to xtian bigots…where in your book o’BS does jesus say to condemn gay women, or men for that matter???

  • Cali Ron

    “I hate how the gays are trying to push your agenda on the rest of the country. ” Yeah, that’s the christians job, cuz this is Texas where we proudly wear our bigotry on our sleeve and ignorance as a badge of god.
    Always nice to see a christian hang herself with her own intolerance. .

  • StephenJP

    Good for Ms Verdier! All success to her photography business. Maybe she could branch out into cake-making, say, or B&B.

  • tonye

    Personally, I have always found the phrase ‘I will pray for you,’both patronising and infantile at the same time.
    So, when I encounter this line, I steal from the late, great, Christopher Hitchens and reply ‘And I will think for you’.

  • AgentCormac

    @ tonye
    Thank you for reminding me of that particular Hitchens quote. I will endeavour to keep it top of mind from now on and use it whenever appropriate. He did come up with some blinders, didn’t he.

  • tonye

    @AgentCormac,
    I think what made Hitchens so effective when dealing with religion was the simple fact he knew more of their bible than they did. Thus the phrase ‘Hitchslap’ came about.
    https://youtu.be/yfwhgovM7P4
    Enjoy the link.

  • Robster

    More good, uplifting publicity for those living with the monkey that is a religious belief, on ‘their’ back.

  • Maggie

    Complains about “gay agenda” but pushes “religious agenda”. /rolleyes

  • 1859

    O I can’t wait for the first openly gay President of the USA! The First Lady a man! Brilliant! Would Texas secede from the Union? The ramifications are truly great.
    Anyhow I wish Alicia all success with her photographic business – and if I was 40 years younger I’d consider changing gender and asking for her hand in marriage.

  • AgentCormac

    @ tonye
    Many thanks for the link – it’s been a while since I’ve seen some of those clips. He was bloody brilliant, and is sadly missed.