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  1. John says

    It would be a good pre-emptive move in the future to download a video such as this and save it (using keepvid or savevid) so you can re-upload it back to YouTube if people take it down or make it private. So the evidence doesn’t vanish.

  2. Kelly says

    I suppose the good news in all this is that Harbaugh feels the need to deny saying such an ugly thing. His heart may be in the wrong place, but his head knows the score. That is progress, if still sad.

  3. Kitty Boots says

    Wow, really guys? this is an issue?
    Youtube Evidence?
    Nothing more pressing than harassing a football coach for a potential random slur?
    This silly policing of private lives is the downfall of gay progress. How could we stay focused on REAL issues if we waste time discussing these trivial comments?

    If you think this is an important Queer issue, I’d love to read a comment about why.

    This was posted in good faith. Please don’t just comment to call me an asshole. i know i’m an asshole.

  4. David says

    People are getting worked up because he supposedly said Faggot??? Gimme a break.. As a gay person, I was and am no way offended by that word..Use it til you turn blue… So what!

  5. GregV says

    I didn’t see the video, but, to play the devil’s advocate, I can imagine that another curse such as “fuck it” would look exactly the same as “faggot” when said in a lot of American dialects.
    I agree with Kelly; in the end, the message he has sent is that calling someone an anti-gay slur would be shameful, and that’s positive. But other f-words are also shocking to many Americans, and he may well have not wanted his grandma reading his lips to see whatever he did say.

  6. says

    Wow, Kittyboots– why are you so embarrassed by your own opinion? It reads like there is one person who feels really strongly about this and keeps posting very similar things on many gay blogs. I’ve actually done similar things myself, so I sympathize– but why do you keep changing your name? It makes you seem not just obsessive but deceptive.

    And note that this is not playing out exactly as that poster has claimed that it will– Harbaugh is NOT apologizing.

  7. TANK says

    Maybe he said good ship lollypop takes it. If you’ve got the chance to deny it…you deny it. You mos aren’t seriously buying that whole “he tripped” defense, are you?

  8. Henry Holland says

    “This silly policing of private lives is the downfall of gay progress. How could we stay focused on REAL issues if we waste time discussing these trivial comments?”

    Because it’s easier to be outraged by this and spend 30 seconds sending an e-mail of outrage to Stanford than it is to get up off one’s ass and go to, say, the Federal Building in Westwood (Los Angeles) and protest the fact that ENDA still hasn’t passed or go to a military base and protest DADT. It’s cheap, it’s easy, no chance of getting arrested AND it makes the sender feel like “they’re doing something”.

    It also makes us all look like a bunch of hypersensitive little wimps, looking out for the slightest transgression by heteros and jumping all over them and demanding they be fired or reprimanded.

    This is how fucking lame the professional gay community, of which Andy is a member, is these days. They’re lip-reading shitty You Tube videos and THEY KNOW BETTER THAN YOU. Spare me your Puritans-in-2009 trivialities Andy.

  9. Marcus says

    I think we have bigger fish to fry, yes, but this dude is a fucking liar, and I assure you, someone has that clip.

    Making it private on Youtube does nothing. Thanks.

  10. says

    Obviously Harbough is an excellent example of heterosexual men. I wish we could all be like him.

    Stanford should be proud. Football is certainly more important than ethics or human compassion.

  11. says

    And it matters because people watch this stuff and Stanford is considered one of the top universities in the world. This type of aggression tied to homophobia seems just a few shades away from bashing in person and bashing at the polls.

  12. Zeke says

    I watched the video over and over again when the accusations were first made. I saw “fuckin asshole” but no matter how much I tried I could not make out “faggot”. If you look closely the last word starts with an “f” but the second consonant is not a “g”, it’s a “k” and the vowel doesn’t seem to be an “a”, it looks more like an “uh”.

    I think he said “fucking asshole! Fucker!”

    I believe him.

  13. David says

    Looks to me after I watched a dozen times that he says

    “F-cking A-shole F-cker, or F-ck it….

    His first and last word are the same if your watch his lips closely, he is not saying Fa he is saying Fu….

    As previously stated 😉

  14. DVDINORL says

    Call me a faggot all day long if you want – it will not change the fact that I’m a decent, honest, hardworking, loving, thoughtful, charitable, healthy, prosperous and creative person.

    Lighten up folks.

  15. Doug says

    “I never use slurs under any circumstances” — “f*cking @$$h*le” is not a slur? Methinks the coachie doth protest too much. I don’t know whether he said “f@gg*t” or not, but he’s lying in the statement quoted above. Why is it okay to call a fellow professional an @$$h*le?

  16. phillip says

    It doesn’t look like he said it to me. It seems to me like some WANT for that to be what he said. I sure hope no one trains a camera on me in Atlanta rush hour traffic…there’s no telling what it might be perceived I’m saying.

  17. patrick nyc says

    I saw the game and it was hard to tell what he was saying. I have to agree that at least he spoke to GLAAD, that would never had happen a few years ago. The worst thing about the loss will being to have to listen to my brothers debate who will replace Wiess for Notre Dame now.

    I think we need a closer focus on those who really screw us. Like the State Senators who promised Sen Duane, our openly gay rep, that they would vote yes and then voted no. The biggest joke was caught by Jon Stewart and shown here by ANDY yesterday.

    Stewart brilliantly points out the fact Sen Hiram Monserrate, one of the dems who voted no, who got away with a slap on his wrist for beating his girlfriend.

    I don’t know anyone in the arts who supports us more than Stewart and Colbert. The people who watch these two shows are smart enough and in on the joke. They both mock those who deny us our rights.

  18. Jeff in NC says

    I couldn’t really tell if he indeed said it. It could’ve been F–kers also.

    Let’s hope he means what he said about it would never come out of his mouth.

  19. GregV says

    I’m no expert on lip-reading, but it seems that the comment in question is at around 0:26, and it looks to me like it could easily be: “Fucking asshole fuckheads!”

  20. says

    I now also think he says “fu…” instead of fa…”

    It would appear that some in our community have jumped the gun on this one. That includes myself when I initially saw this. Unfortunately, we’re doing that more often than not these days.

    Seems to me we may be the ones that owe the coach an apology. I’ll man up…

    Sorry Coach Harbaugh, at first I thought you did say “faggot” but admittedly that was because I had the annotation and commentary of others leading me to believe just that. After removing those influences from my analogy and fully scrutinizing the video on my own free thought process I can clearly see that is not what you said.

    With rampant homophobic slurs in our country it’s all too easy to jump on the defensive, even if sometimes unfounded. Please, kindly accept my apology.

  21. Taylor.V says

    I really enjoy people asking to be called a faggot all day because…hey, they don’t mind. And that’s what all this is really about, isn’t it? Being personally offended. And if it doesn’t offend you then who cares? Nevermind kids being bullied into hating themselves or killing themselves because people (football-loving folks) call them faggots. No, certainly not a problem here. Your “bigger” problems that the gay community should work on all stem from the example of homophobia seen here.

  22. Larry says

    I’m gay and if I get mad enough I may very well say alot of things we have other things more important to worry about. He sounds like a person we want to have on our side.

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