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

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:

AP Photo/Peter Kramer
  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.
bill canu
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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Tracy Morgan just doesn’t get it
What is wrong with Tracy Morgan?
The 30 Rock star went on Late Night With David Letterman last night and was asked about the controversy involving a homophobic rant during a “comedy” routine last summer that deeply offended many people.
“I don’t remember exactly what I said that night. I’ve done 50 shows since. Whatever I said it must have offended [audience member Kevin Rogers], and then he tweeted it out. And then I had to deal.”
Let’s refresh his memory:
Morgan came under fire in June for a show in Nashville where he did an anti-gay tirade and said he’d “pull out a knife and stab” his son if he were gay.
Among those in attendance was longtime Morgan fan Kevin Rogers, a gay man who detailed the offensive material in a Facebook post after the show. There is so much more that Rogers reports including gays needing to quit whining about bullying and President Obama needing to man up and quit being supportive of LGBT equality.
Although there is no video of the routine as there was of Michael Richards when he made anti-Semitic remarks during a comedy show several years ago, Rogers’ account got enough attention that Morgan, one of the cast members of NBC’s 30 Rock, began apologizing.
“I want to apologize to my fans and the gay & lesbian community for my choice of words at my recent stand-up act in Nashville,” he said in a statement then. “I’m not a hateful person and don’t condone any kind of violence against others. While I am an equal opportunity jokester, and my friends know what is in my heart, even in a comedy club this clearly went too far and was not funny in any context.”
Clearly that “apology” was not sincere and made as a public relations move.
Imagine that.
I’m sure his bosses at NBC’s 30 Rock, including Tina Fey, are mortified by his current bout with amnesia. They had publicly slammed him for his routine and now Morgan has revived the entire situation.

October 11, 2011

Tracey Morgan Backs Down On Apology on Previous comment 'He Will Hang His son If he told him he was gay'

Tracy Morgan Is Sorry People Got Upset About His Homophobic Material…nothing else

Tracy Morgan was on Letterman last night, where he discussed his homophobia-apology tour from this summer, while sort of backing down from some of the more clear mea culpas he'd given in June. "It was a misunderstanding," he said last night. "I was just up there working," he said of hishomophobic set, adding that he's in the George Carlin/Richard Pryor school of stand-up, so if people are more used to a "Comedy Central" style (what Morgan described as "premise, setup, punch line"), they might not understand or appreciate his act. He also says he can't remember exactly what he said at the Nashville show.
"You apologized because you had made a mistake, or because people were upset?" Letterman asked. "I apologized because people came to the show and paid money and they got upset about it," Morgan said. "It got out of hand." Morgan and Letterman both expressed a mutual loathing for people texting or tweeting during shows, though for the record, the article that first called Morgan out was posted on Facebook, hours after the show. 

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