It’s Raining Men to number one? Chart bid answers Ukip homophobia
A Facebook campaign to get gay anthem It's Raining Men to number one in the charts in response to a Ukip councillor's homophobic comments is gathering momentum.
David Silvester's comments in his local newspaper that the recent "storms and floods" were the direct result of his decision to legalise gay marriage have prompted widespread condemnation – and his suspension from Ukip.
Now supporters of the reform have launched an attempt to get It's Raining Men by the Weather Girls – the only version of the song eligible for the charts – to number one.
The Facebook page promoting their bid has already attracted over 3,500 'likes' and is attracting national coverage.
It is attempting to get the group purchase to take place from Monday January 27th, however, meaning some may buy the song prematurely.
The campaign's organisers said they wanted "to show the power and community of gay people pulling together is stronger than his idiotic views of us, as well as also celebrating the new laws being passed on equal marriage in the UK very soon".
They estimate they will have to achieve around 15,000 sales to get to the top of the charts.
"We believe that the show of strength to get a song to Number 1 will create a huge spotlight on our campaign for equality as a whole," the organisers added.
"The song, if you like, is our catalyst and part of the bigger message."
Ukip is hoping to win this year's European elections outright, but is struggling to get past David Cameron's "fruitcakes" tag which dismisses the party's views as being so politically uncorrect they are occasionally unacceptable.
Silvester, a councillor in Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, said Cameron "has arrogantly acted against the Gospel that once made Britain 'great' and the lesson surely to be learned is that no man or men, however powerful, can mess with Almighty God with impunity and get away with it for everything a nation does is weighed on the scaled of divine approval or disapproval".
Leader Nigel Farage said Silvester's comments were "real extremism and nastiness". He has pledged to make sure those standing to be an MEP in May for the party do not cross his "red lines".
Godfrey Bloom recently lost his Ukip standing and became an independent MEP after he called a room full of women "sluts" and branded African countries "bongo bongo land".