Showing posts with label Homophobic Language. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Homophobic Language. Show all posts

January 7, 2019

Openly Gay CNN Anchor Don Lemon and Anti Gay Joker Kevin Hart with Gay Pope Ellen

 Speaking for myself most people just want an apology when a wrong is been done which does not include murder or actions which could never be taken back. But still an "IM sorry is not an apology unless is accompany with sincere humility (bible). It is also required that the person asking for forgiveness to try to make amends or make things better, like returning the money stolen or fixing the vehicle that was swiped and damaged. But the worse I think is trying to lie about saying you were sorry when you never did. To believe that you are really sorry, a level of honesty is required otherwise one could assume you don't mean it and will do the same act as soon as nobody is watching.

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Kevin Hart was dropped from the Oscars for previous homophobic comments.

In tweets between 2009 and 2011, Hart repeatedly used “gay” as a slur and, in a 2010 stand-up show, he told jokes about trying to stop his son being gay.

When he was asked to apologize to the LGBT+ community or step-down as the host of the event, Hart refused, claiming he had already addressed the issue.

On The Ellen DeGeneres Show this week, Hart spoke again about his decision to step down as Oscar host and listed examples which he believed showed he'd apologized for his comments.

He said:

I just said I’m going to walk away because I felt like it was a conversation that was just going to continue and continue and continue. I would much rather say I’m sorry again and walk away because I want to be done with the conversation.

I don’t want to have to have this conversation anymore because I know who I am. I’m not that guy.

But here’s the problem, Vulture investigated Hart's claim and couldn’t find evidence he had apologized before his comments resurfaced.

He had said he wouldn’t make jokes about LGBT+ people anymore and said it was “too dangerous” to make jokes about gay people in 2014.

Those statements do not count as an apology though, as they do not address that those past-comments were wrong.

When journalist Louis Virtel questioned him on whether jokes in his 2015 film Get Hard were homophobic, Hart tried to justify them like this:

I said to myself, 'This is funny.' And at the end of the day, funny is funny, regardless of what area it’s coming from.

I just look for the laugh, man, and the best way to get there.

On CNN, news anchor Don Lemon, who spoke about being gay in his 2011 memoir, said his fact-checkers also couldn’t find an apology. 

He also had a powerful message for Hart:

We in the African-American community, we need to stop low-key co-signing homophobia. It is not cool and we won’t tolerate jokes that tell [LGBT] youth otherwise.

We need to talk about how people who may have messed up can become allies as well because apologizing and moving on does not make the world a better place for people who are gay or people who are transgender, being an ally does.

Kevin, no-one is against you. No-one said you should be fired or any of that. What they want is for you to bring light to this, to be an ally, so it’s your chance right now to do the right thing, to change minds, and possibly save lives.

In the TV clip, Lemon referenced statistics by the Centre for American Progress which show 44 percent of homeless gay youth and 62 percent of homeless transgender youth are black, despite black people only being 12 percent of the US population.

Other black LGBT+ writers were also unimpressed by Hart’s “apology” and critical of DeGeneres for not challenging him during the interview. 

It was reported yesterday that the Oscars were open to Hart returning as a host if he wants the job.

September 15, 2017

"I don't agree with the gay 'Lifestyle' but is their life" This is Passive Aggressive Anti Gay Language

We’ve all heard this before: “You know, I don’t agree with the gay lifestyle, but they can do what they want.” Setting aside the mystery of a homogenous ‘gay lifestyle,’ this seems harmless enough. It nearly communicates an important part of human compassion: recognizing personal differences and affirming them. The more I hear this sentiment, whether it’s floating through the air during the lunch rush in Rand at 12:05pm on a Wednesday or being irresponsibly thrown into a Hustler article, the more I am frustrated.

I have spent a long time grappling with the idea of political neutrality. And, to be clear, I’m not talking about my often-used, “I have not done my reading or research, so I do not feel qualified to speak on the subject.” I’m talking about a deliberate middle-ground.

Hard and fast, here’s the issue: Saying you don’t agree with the ‘gay lifestyle,’ however neutral you are in framing it, is oppressive.

Let me contextualize this with my own experiences. Back when I was in high school, I worked at a department store one summer. My coworkers, mostly older women, would talk to each other quite a bit during the lulls of the day. At the time, I identified myself as a lesbian, but I had told no one. One woman, who often teased me for not smiling at all times, was ranting about this ‘gay lifestyle’ I previously mentioned. She said that she doesn’t care if people are gay, but she doesn’t agree with it, and she doesn’t want any of those gays to rub their big gay lifestyles in her face. As a gay, self-conscious 18-year-old new hire, the woman’s prose told me one thing: I could never conceivably trust her enough to share my identity.

Now, imagine that situation, except it happens every one in ten interactions. As time goes on, you find more and more people untrustworthy, and the people you don’t know seem scary. If anyone knew what you were, surely terrible things would happen. Fear becomes the baseline for everything. At every moment, with every person, you are guarding yourself.

Imagine these people growing up and becoming CEOs, presidents and otherwise leaders. Imagine them becoming parents, teachers, doctors and lawyers. Suddenly, you’re not just dealing with a simple one-on-one interaction; instead, these people (along with their opinions and biases) are leading tens, hundreds, sometimes thousands of people. In some cases, these people are leading millions. Everyone around you now exists within and around structures created by people that abhor who you are and whom you love, but have managed to disguise it enough to save themselves from being labeled as discriminatory and bigoted .

So maybe that one-on-one interaction seems small, but not only can it expand. It can encircle society as a whole. Real political middle ground means genuinely caring about everyone involved, and declaring your tolerance without your acceptance is still harmful to my safety and wellbeing and that of the LGBTQI community. 

Examine your prejudices. Ask yourself why you feel the way you do. Challenge yourself to fight for the rights of people instead of priding yourself on not directly contributing to their marginalization, because political neutrality only allows institutional homophobia to worsen.

By Mac Ploetz -

Mac Ploetz
Mac Ploetz ('18) is majoring in Women's and Gender Studies. He is the 2017-18 President of the Vanderbilt Lambda Association, Vanderbilt's undergraduate gender, sexuality, and intersex alliance, and he's in his third year as a Sex Educator in Vandy Sex Ed. He has spent his time at Vanderbilt discovering and affirming his identity as a transgender person, and he works to help others affirm their identities as well. In his free time, Mac enjoys eating $30 worth of McDonald's and watching poorly-produced mid-2000s YouTube documentaries.

March 2, 2015

Gay Actor Russell Tovey of “Looking” Says He is Glad he is not Gay ‘Effeminate'


Before I go into the story let me say that Russell Tovey has been out of the closet and has been a good supporter for gay and HIV causes. I expect but hope it doesn’t materialize a fire storm of criticism from the gay community.  On his defense I will say non effeminate gays tend to like others that are non effeminate and sometimes in the past have been critical of the more effeminate or sometimes called “girlish” or “queen” gays. I think sometimes is forgotten that this is the community  that has always taken the blunt of the abuse, murder and criticism from homophobes and sometimes from fractions of the community itself. 
Famous people are always on the public eye even if at times they think they are talking to friends or people they take as trustworthy. I hope we have patience with him and just take this was a teaching moment with him and the community as a whole, knowing that we will only advance if we treat each other with respect and dignity knowing that we are different even within the community.

One of the stars of the HBO gay drama Looking has angered some in the gay community with comments that highlight prejudice within the LGBT community.
Russell Tovey is an actor who happens to be gay, stars in series about gay men, and has been a victim of a knife attack because he says he was wearing a cardigan in a town where men didn’t wear cardigans.
Now Tovey is being the bully. He’s essentially putting down other men who wear cardigans, or in his words “effeminate” men.
“I feel like I could have been really effeminate, if I hadn’t gone to the school I went to. Where I felt like I had to toughen up,” Tovey told the Guardian
“If I’d have been able to relax, prance around, sing in the street, I might be a different person now. I thank my dad for that, for not allowing me to go down that path,” Tovey goes on to say.
It’s a classic case of the oppressed becoming the oppressor.

Looking fans acknowledge Tovey is entitled to his own opinions but say his comments are damaging.
 Looking has been celebrated for showing the diversity and complexity of gay men. The weekly 30-minute series includes images of muscular gay rugby-playing men as well as not-so-muscular bearded men who prance around and sing in the street.

But in a single interview Tovey has dismantled the progress shows like Looking have made.
What’s sad is that Tovey gets it. He’s been the victim of bullying and understands the psychological and emotional trauma it can cause.

“If they’d asked for my wallet or phone I would have understood it. But it wasn’t anything to do with that. They just wanted to fucking hurt me,” Tovey told the Guardian. “For years afterwards I was left with an insecurity.”

February 16, 2012

Movie Maker Brett Ratner Fired For Homophobic Language { Wants to make Vids on Tolerance?? }

Moviemaker Brett Ratner is to team up with gay rights activists to direct a series of new videos promoting tolerance, just three months after he stepped down as the producer of the 2012 Oscars for using a gay slur.
Ratner’s resignation in November came four days after he told movie fans that “rehearsal’s for f-” at a question-and-answer session to promote his new movie “Tower Heist.”
The remark led to a weekend of outrage among gay rights groups and prompted the Rush Hour director to apologize for his slip-up.
He also met with Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) officials to discuss how he could help them rally support for program.
And now it seems he will produce and direct a video campaign for GLAAD.
He met with the group’s Board of Directors earlier this week and can’t wait to get started on his new campaign project.
A statement from Ratner reads, “Working together with GLAAD has been a very positive and enlightening experience for me, and I could not be more pleased to be developing this crucial campaign to help educate people that we all share the same humanity. I am excited to get to work on this program and hope that minds and hearts are opened by what we create.”
The upcoming video series will feature Hollywood celebrities, athletes, musicians and politicians, who will “come out of the closet” as supporters of equality. Participants will share personal stories about why and how they support the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and call on all Americans to do the same.

Nov 2011 Incident:

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  Brett Ratner resigned Tuesday as producer of next year’s Academy Awards, one day after apologizing for using a gay slur at a screening of his latest film.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirmed Ratner’s departure. President Tom Sherak said in a statement that the 42-year-old filmmaker “did the right thing for the academy and for himself.”
“Brett is a good person, but his comments were unacceptable,” Sherak said.Filmmaker Brett Ratner has apologized for using a gay slur at a recent movie launch event.
Previous story: The director was promoting the new film “Tower Heist” at a Los Angeles theater on Friday when he was asked about rehearsing movie scenes with his cast during a post-screening question-and-answer session.
Ratner told the event’s moderator, “Rehearsal’s for f-.”
The remark became a big item online over the weekend, prompting Ratner to issue an apology.
He writes, “I apologize for any offense my remarks caused. It was a dumb way of expressing myself. Everyone who knows me knows that I don’t have a prejudiced bone in my body. But as a storyteller I should have been much more thoughtful about the power of language and my choice of words.”
It appears his ill-judged comment won’t cost him the job of being the producer of next year’s Oscars – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak insists the director will not be asked to step down over the blunder.
Sherak says, “Brett made a very inappropriate remark, a remark that goes against our most important beliefs and the beliefs of the creative community we represent. He very quickly issued an apology because he knew he had made a mistake.

November 29, 2011

United Airlines Manager } Calls Gay Couple Travelers “Faggots"

A gay couple has claimed they were called ‘faggots’ by a United Airlines manager as they waited for a flight home after Thanksgiving.
The gay slur allegedly took place as Billy Canu and his partner waited for a flight from Denver International Airport on Saturday.
The pair, who were travelling to San Diego, inquired about using a United passenger lounge.
Offensive: Billy Canu, right, and his partner claim they were called 'faggots' and 'idiots' by a United Airlines manager at Denver International Airport on Saturday
Offensive: Billy Canu, right, and his partner claim they were called 'faggots' and 'idiots' by a United Airlines manager at Denver International Airport on Saturday

After the agents at the airline desk gave them ‘a very condescending, sort of rude answer’, the couple began complaining and were approached by a manager they identified as Rodney Hill.
Recounting the incident, Canu claimed that, rather than help, Hill ‘continued to fuel the fire’.
‘We challenged him to act better,’ Canu said as he described the incident on a Facebook post. ‘He then followed us, threatening again to remove us, at which point we walked away.
‘Rodney Hill then shouted “idiots” at us. Angered at this, my partner attempted to walk back to challenge him.
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Rodney Hill
'Shaken': Canu, left, had asked for help at a customer service desk, but the staff were 'rude'. Manager Rodney Hill, right, approached and became abusive, he said
Members only: The altercation at Denver Airport started after Mr Canu and his partner inquired over whether they could use the airline's members lounge
Members only: The altercation at Denver Airport started after Mr Canu and his partner inquired over whether they could use the airline's members lounge

'My partner shouted “what was that?” and Rodney replied “What faggots?” before walking back to the customer service desk.’
 ts to be handled in a derogatory way.'
Reeling from the shocking slur, the couple wanted to return – but feared any further arguments could mean they were kicked out of the airport. 
'We were completely shocked. We were shaking,' Canu told ABC-7. 'We were totally alarmed.'
Instead, he decided to return to the desk to ask for the manager’s full name. When he did, Canu claimed Hill said: ‘Don’t you dare patronise me.’
He returned to the gate and began posting what happened on Twitter and Facebook.
Supporters of the couple began re-posting the complaint and flooded United Airlines’ pages with outraged comments about Hill’s alleged behaviour.
Hill has worked for United Airlines’ management for three years, according to his page on LinkedIn, a professional networking site.
Waiting: The couple say they would like an apology from the airline. A United spokesperson said they would review the complaint and contact the customers
Waiting: The couple say they would like an apology from the airline. A United spokesperson said they would review the complaint and contact the customers

On the site, he claims he was recognized by the company’s CEO Glen Tilton for ‘Excellence in Customer Service 2010’.
And despite how he allegedly handled the customers, he claims he has ‘expertise in staffing and evaluation of personnel to assure adherence to quality service and customer satisfaction’.
'Expertise': Hill boasts of his strong customer care record on his LinkedIn page, posted on Twitter by Canu'Expertise': Hill boasts of his strong customer care record on his LinkedIn page, posted on Twitter by Canu
Canu was also shocked with the 'customer service' from other staff.
He claimed that when he first inquired at the desk - where there was no line - the staff started laughing over who would help.
He said one woman said: 'I can't help as I'm pregnant' and laughed.
Other staff used a condescending tone, he claimed.
United Airlines said it is ‘reviewing’ the complaint.
‘United does not tolerate discrimination of any kind,’ said airline spokeswoman Megan McCarthy.
‘We have received this complaint and are reviewing, and we will reach out to the customer directly.’
Canu and his partner said they just want an apology from the airline.
‘No one wants to be handled in a derogatory way,’ he told ABC7. ‘We understand things can get heated, but I think their customer service could’ve handled it much better.’

November 8, 2011

Looks Like Brett Ratner Quits Oscars Over "Fags" Remark

The Hollywood Reporter released a statement from Ratner saying that he is quitting as producer of the Academy Awards:
"I called Tom Sherak this morning and resigned as a producer of the 84th Academy Awards telecast. Being asked to help put on the Oscar show was the proudest moment of my career. But as painful as this may be for me, it would be worse if my association with the show were to be a distraction from the Academy and the high ideals it represents," he stated.
We've known for a long time that gays and Jews run Hollywood, but it looks like one trumped the other today.
Do you think he was given an ultimatum: to resign or get fired?  

Apologies for gay slurs seem to happen quicker and quicker, (assumingly) for fear of the
wrath of GLAAD, aka unwanted press and enemies. And Ratner is no exception:
“I apologize for any offense my remarks caused. It was a dumb way of expressing myself. Everyone who knows me knows that I don’t have a prejudiced bone in my body. But as a storyteller I should have been much more thoughtful about the power of language and my choice of words," Ratner told The Wrap.
Also, GLAAD tweeted that they are going to be demanding action from Universal and The Academy as Ratner is a producer on the Oscars.
Could Brett Ratner be even more of a tool than one might already assume? Shorthand answer: Yes! (Details follow)

Straight off the heels (or Crocs or Adidas man-slippers—whatever a d-bag like Ratner likely considers appropriate footwear) of bragging to press that he "banged" Olivia Munn "before she was Asian," another reason to roll your eyes at Tower Heist director Brett Ratner.
According to Vulture:
After a screening of his film Tower Heist at L.A.'s Arclight Cinemas, the director came out for a Q&A, and when asked by the moderator whether he prepares and rehearses with his actors before shooting a scene, Ratner waved his hand dismissively and said, "Rehearsing is for fags."
Considering the reviews for most of Ratner's films have been poor, perhaps he should change his homophobic attitude toward rehearsing! Oh, and any expectations we had for a totally classy Academy Awards (as in zero expectations) as directed by Ratner flew right out the window.
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October 15, 2011

NJ Teacher’s Anti-LGBT Vitriol Continues


We told you earlier today about Union High School teacher Viki Knox and her anti-LGBT rant on Facebook after discovering her school’s bulletin board commemorating LGBT history month.
 Well, it gets worse.
Knox’s remarks, sent to Garden State Equality, weren’t isolated to her recent Facebook posting. On September 20 – as the nation celebrated the historic implementation of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal after a bipartisan push, Knox took to Twitter to express her disgust, tweeting: “DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL!?! ARE THEY SERIOUS? GOD IS NOT PLEASED AND NEITHER AM I!!! THE END IS NEAR!!!”
Union Township school officials are investigating Knox’s remarks. If you haven’t already, sign our petition calling on Union Township Schools Superintendent Dr. Patrick Martin to take appropriate action against Knox. New Jersey has the nation’s toughest anti-bullying law – Viki Knox has proven herself incapable of carrying out the law within her school. Over 2200 people have taken action in just a few hours – add your voice now.

October 14, 2011

Another teacher gets lost on Facebook: Viki Knox


GET THE HELL off Facebook. Somebody should put that in teachers’ orientation packets. There is nothing private about social media. But just like politicians who continue to electronically transmit their private parts, public teachers continue to vent on Facebook.A Union Township teacher, Viki Knox, is in the hot seat for allegedly writing disparaging comments about a Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender History Month school display in Union High School. Her comments were made on her Facebook page. Knox did not use privacy settings that would have kept those comments from public view. So what she wrote is now out of the proverbial closet.
Garden State Equality, a New Jersey-based gay rights organization, sent me an e-mail early Thursday, condemning the comments. The e-mail also had a link to the very long thread of back-and-forth postings between Knox and some members of the Facebook community.
Here’s a sample: “Homosexuality is a perverted spirit that has existed from the beginning of creation,” Knox allegedly posts.
She was upset about the school display, not because she hates gay people – she continually asserts that she does not hate gay people – but rather because homosexuality is a sin.
The school display features pictures of prominent members of the LGBT community, from Harvey Milk to Chaz Bono. It would seem to be no big deal in 2011 in a state that just enacted the toughest anti-bullying law in the United States. And in a state where the Supreme Court ruled that gay and lesbian couples are entitled to all the same rights as heterosexual couples. Whether being gay is more sinful than being straight isn’t a question for public schools to answer. Sin is not in the public school curriculum.
Public school teachers do not check their identities at the classroom door, but they do have to check their personal religious beliefs. Facebook is a gray legal area, a no-fly zone, if you will, for free speech.
Can a schoolteacher espouse opinions in a public forum that could compromise their ability to do their public job and face no consequences at work? Garden State Equality flatly says: No. Knox should be fired.
The Star-Ledger has reported that school officials are investigating Knox’s alleged Facebook thread. The thread is a rambling mess of salient and irrelevant commentary. It is proof positive that many Internet users are in desperate need of a common-sense GPS. At no point does it appear that Knox is concerned about any legal ramifications over her opinions. It appears she is well aware that she is broadcasting to the world.
Knox must not have heard about Jennifer O’Brien, the Paterson elementary school teacher who also went on Facebook. She described her students as “future criminals.” O’Brien claimed she was just venting out of frustration. Paterson parents and school officials were not sympathetic and now O’Brien is fighting to keep her job.
We all have private lives. We all say stupid and injudicious things. But depending on what we say and where we say it, we could end up unemployed.
Garden State Equality’s Chairman Steven Goldstein said in a statement: “To be sure, the state’s new anti-bullying law is written very carefully to protect free speech where it does not substantially interfere with a particular student’s education. This situation, at least as it stands now, does not present a violation of that law. But this situation also calls for the school to look at the big picture as to the appropriateness of having Ms. Knox – if she did write these posts – teach our youth. The posts even say, ‘…That’s what I teach and preach.’ ”
That is a huge problem. If Knox wants to preach to students, she should be teaching in a religious school. Equally problematic for school officials looking into the Facebook thread is whether Knox’s comments have compromised her ability to teach and also enforce the state’s anti-bullying law in school. What gay student would feel comfortable attending a school that employs a teacher who refers to homosexuality as a “perverted spirit”?
Ed Barocas, the legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, said, “Although we do not agree with the sentiments expressed on Ms. Knox’s personal Facebook page, her beliefs and comments are protected by the First Amendment. But because her postings raise questions about her conduct within school, the school district can and should investigate whether she is performing her job in accordance with school policies and the state’s Law Against Discrimination.”
Free speech is a powerful tool and a powerful tool used carelessly causes injury. Whether the intent was to be hateful or not, the result of Knox’s alleged public comments on the inappropriateness of an LGBT display in Union High School compromises her effectiveness as a leader in that school.
She allegedly posted: “Why parade your unnatural immoral behaviors before the rest of us?”
Many would ask Knox, “Why parade your personal religious views before the rest of us?”
School officials should conduct a sober investigation, not a witch hunt. Nothing is gained by hysteria, but civil liberties are lost with inaction. These comments on Facebook have landed smack dab in the middle of the public square. They cannot be ignored. The speech is free; the consequences, not so much. Our Constitution guarantees the right to espouse opinions freely; it is mum on the subject of whether those opinions are intelligent.
Goldstein may have said it best in a phone interview late Thursday: “You’re an idiot if you say it on Facebook.”
Alfred P. Doblin is the editorial page editor of The Record. Contact him at Follow AlfredPDoblin on Twitter.

October 13, 2011

NJ Teacher Spreading Homophobic Messages All Over Facebook

Viki Knox's Facebook
Further proof that teachers and Facebook don't mix: A Union Township, New Jersey teacher is being investigated over the homophobic comments she allegedly posted on her Facebook, calling homosexuality "perverted" and criticizing Union High School LGBT month events, reports the Star-Ledger today.
Viki Knox, a Special Education teacher who is also the faculty adviser to the high school’s student prayer group, The Seekers Fellowship, reportedly referred to homosexuality as, "a perverted spirit that has existed from the beginning of creation," and a "sin" that "breeds like cancer" on a Facebook thread. The page has since been taken down, but Garden State Equality, a gay rights group, has posted a PDF of the comments here.
Local attorney John Paragano is calling for Knox to be fired, saying, "Hateful public comments from a teacher cannot be tolerated. She has a right to say it. But she does not have a right to keep her job after saying it." Garden State Equality agrees with Paragano: "Teachers are supposed to be role models for our children, not hatemongers," said GSE chair Steven Goldstein. He also referenced the state's newly passed, extra-tough anti-bullying law, saying "I don’t see how this teacher could possibly be effective in implementing the state’s new anti-bullying law, designed precisely to teach children that bullying, including cyber-bullying, is unacceptable."
Knox has yet to comment, but the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey released a statement defending Knox’s First Amendment right to make the comments: "Although we do not agree with the sentiments expressed on Ms. Knox’s personal Facebook page, her comments are protected by the First Amendment," said representative Ed Barocas.
Earlier this year, a former "Teacher of the Year" in Florida also used his Facebook to express his disgust with gay marriage in New York, and was later suspended. Union Chief School Administrator Patrick Martin said the district is investigating the Knox incident.
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