Bullied gay couple gets married
MANILA, Philippines – Remember the gay couple who was bullied online? They just recently tied the knot.
Naparuj Mond Kaendi, a Thai creative director and booking agent at Bacca Model Management, and Thorsten Mid, got married in Germany on Friday, October 31.
Based on Kaendi’s social media posts, they have been together for around 3 years.
The couple got into the online spotlight after one of their photos where they were spotted holding hands on a train went viral in April 2015.
The photo, re-posted on the BV Patrol Facebook page, was not met with full support from netizens who nitpicked the couple's gender preference and Kaendi's physical appearance.
Offensive comments flooded the post: “Ano ba kayo, pet `yan” (What are you saying? That’s a pet), “Bakit siya pa? `Di na lang ako?” (Why did he choose him? Why couldn’t it be me), and "Baka dadalhin sa prisinto si bakla!" (Maybe he will bring the gay man to the precinct!)
As fast as the negative comments came, many netizens were also quick to defend and praise the couple.
"Dinadaan lang ang mga to sa biro pero (They're passing it off as a joke but), that's precisely what bullying is. Do you really believe these two aren't capable of having true love?" CK Espanol said online.
Recent posts of Kaendi of their wedding also mostly received positive comments from netizens – many of them hailing the couple's relationship as an inspiration. - Rappler.com