Polish Politician Outs Gay Man on Television

Elżbieta Radziszewska, Poland's equality minister, who recently gave an interview in which she declared her belief that Catholic schools should be allowed to terminate gay and lesbian teachers, outed the gay politician on live television last week. The man, Krzysztof Śmiszek, deputy president of the Polish Society of Anti-Discrimination Law, was appearing alongside her on a program at the time of the outing.

Reports Pink News:

The pair were arguing about her remarks on gay teachers when Ms Radziszewska used Mr Śmiszek as an example of why cases should be treated individually.

According to the Warsaw Business Journal, she said: “If, for example, Mr Śmiszek, in a situation when we know that he is a member of the homosexual society and an activist for the Campaign Against Homophobia and it's no secret who his partner is…”

Ms Radziszewska was asked by the programme's presenters whether she should be on the other side of the argument but she apparently said that was the way she saw it. She later apologised but said Mr Mr Śmiszek's sexual orientation could easily be discovered on the internet.

Mr Śmiszek has reacted furiously to her comments and intends to sue. “This is pure homophobia,” he told daily Gazeta Wyborcza on Tuesday. “In no other EU country would such a person still hold their post. I do not hide my sexual orientation, but it's my private business. My personal rights have been violated.”

Radziszewska has reportedly apologized to Śmiszek but also stands by her previously stated bigoted opinions.

You can watch the video of the duo's appearance on the aforementioned Polish broadcast, AFTER THE JUMP, but be warned that I was unable to find a clip with an english translation.

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  1. She's the equality minister....whatever that is, and she argues for inequality? There's a Polish joke in there somewhere. Oh, it's her!

    Posted by: Tone | Sep 26, 2010 9:02:39 PM

  2. "a member of the homosexual society"

    You know you're bigoted when you choose to phrase it like that.

    Posted by: ravewulf | Sep 26, 2010 9:18:26 PM

  3. This is the kind of woman who would be happy to denounce her Jewish neighbor to the Nazis. Unfortunately Poland is overwhelmingly Catholic, with a tendency for it to become a state church.

    I was going to say that the Polish language is beautiful, but it's only beautiful coming out of the mouth of Śmiszek and the announcers. Her Polish is just scary.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Sep 26, 2010 9:29:39 PM

  4. Catholic and Polish==a deadly combo when somebody's in government.

    Posted by: CoMo'mo | Sep 26, 2010 9:54:19 PM

  5. Being part of the "homosexual society" sounds kind of intriguing. Where do I sign up?

    I'm not sure "outing" someone (or calling someone gay) is a sue-able offense. Especially if that person really IS gay, and it's common knowledge. It also implies that there is something inherently wrong with being gay. I don't think he has the right to force everyone else not to tell anyone about his sexual orientation. That just isn't reasonable.

    ...and yes, I do think that her being the Equality Minister is a tad ironic.

    Posted by: David in Houston | Sep 26, 2010 11:14:58 PM

  6. Equality minister? Paging Monty Python...

    Posted by: Dave | Sep 27, 2010 12:31:54 AM

  7. It's fine to out someone who foments hatred towards homosexuals, they deserve to be subjected to the discrimination and second-class citizenship they promote.

    In all other cases... publicly outing someone without their consent is utterly inexcusable.

    Imagine, for example, someone said on television: "This person always carries $10,000 cash on them when they're out in public."

    The bad apples in society may be few... but there's no reason to go around painting targets on people to help them out.

    Posted by: jexer | Sep 27, 2010 1:05:47 AM

  8. Stay classy, poland! Love the dyke cut that nazi's sportin'. Look on the plus, maybe she'll piss off someone who matters and get shot in the face. Oh, to dream...

    Posted by: TANK | Sep 27, 2010 1:21:57 AM

  9. Tank, you obviously don't have an iota of historical knowledge.

    Posted by: Bren | Sep 27, 2010 1:28:41 AM

  10. Well, I know that the home army got its ass handed to it by the nazis, who they weakened enough for a russian victory...a little bait and switch by the ruskies, who moved in and cleaned house of those filthy fuckin' germans. Brilliant tactical strategy.

    As to recent economic history, it is a relatively prosperous eastern european shithole thanks largely to the plans of one jeffrey sachs, who, apparently, has been atoning for his perceived sins ever since.

    Posted by: TANK | Sep 27, 2010 1:46:17 AM

  11. ...and this is why the EU shouldn't rush to admit new member states from eastern Europe. Ever since Poland joined its been nothing but trouble: banning pride parades, proposing legislation to ban homosexual teachers, and holding the Lisbon Treaty hostage because it didn't want to include homosexuals in the Charter of Fundamental Rights, just to name a few. Poland, stop trying to punch above your weight, you're not Germany, France, or the UK, thanks.

    Posted by: Brian B. | Sep 27, 2010 2:06:53 AM

  12. Tank, Sachs hasn't been involved in Poland since 1990. Any recent economic failures have been its own doing or due to EU membership.

    Sachs can be blamed for lots of things, but economic events 20 years ago have almost zero relevance today. And he's never atoned---he doesn't apologize for anything.

    Posted by: Paul R | Sep 27, 2010 2:14:35 AM

  13. Paul, you don't know what you're talking about. Sachs's initial plan of shock therapy in poland, in which artificial price and currency controls are dissolved, and massive privatization of publically owned industries and assets occur without oversight and tacit regulation, enabled it to break free from the previous soviet economic stagnation into the more uneven patterns of wealth distribution seen today. Its EU membership was bought and paid for, in fact, because that's the it works...social issues and human rights are simply not as important as a vital economy, and poland has one compared to the other satellites.

    Its thinking like that--that economic events of the past have zero impact today...that is a reason why I think basic economics ought be a mandatory class HS. Would you say that about NAFTA in the united states, for example? After all, it was implemented 16 years ago...Zero impact? His policy plans laid the groundwork, end of story.

    He doesn't apologize, no...but he's dedicated his life to ending global poverty, a lot of which his restructuring efforts brought about.

    Posted by: TANK | Sep 27, 2010 2:39:56 AM

  14. I'm not sure if this is good or bad, but she's miles more coherent than her homophobic American counterparts Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachman. She's clearly prejudiced, but she doesn't sound stupid, uneducated, or delusional. Again, not sure if it's good or bad that Poland might have less obviously ludicrous homophobes.

    Posted by: Paul | Sep 27, 2010 2:45:30 AM

  15. What a bitch. "Equality Minister" for the win.

    On the plus side, Mr Smiszek is smoking hot and he'll probably get a lot of action now...

    Posted by: wirrrn | Sep 27, 2010 3:04:52 AM

  16. Poland=Catholic,the rest of Slavic Eastern Europe=Eastern Orthodox....and their attitudes towards homosexuality and pretty much everything else are identical.

    Yet, there are many 'Catholic' countries where the situation is the opposite. Even here in the U.S. every survey I've seen (and I've seen dozens, all reputable) shows, by creed / religion, Catholics hold the most liberal views, including regarding things like homosexuality, even abortion, mores-o than even mainstream Protestants. Are most people aware more people who identify as Catholics than Protestants approve of abortion?

    What I have noticed is areas where there long periods of oppressive political regimes like under leftist communism and rightwing dictatorships, are far behind the democratic, capitalist based nations on many social issues. It's no surprise that the former communist east is also today the premier hotbed for neo-nazism. Ditto in other places in the world which have lived under oppressive political and social regimes of the left and right. You see the exact same things.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Sep 27, 2010 5:11:51 AM

  17. I should add that surveys show Jews, as a group, hold the most liberal views. But they're very small in numbers.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Sep 27, 2010 5:13:47 AM

  18. Ratat, what kind of Jews do you mean? There are lots of ethnical Jews here in the UK who consider themselves Catholic...

    Paul R damn you for making me agree with Tank but what have you been smoking? Do you not think McCarthyism had any effect on how the USA works as a country because it was too god damn long ago? You don't think slavery had any impact on how AA's view themsleves or how white people view them particularly in the south?

    What an odd statement to make.

    Im thirty and I can tell 100% that stuff that happened to me below the age of 10 had a huge impact on who I am as a person today, even if it was all that long, long time ago that according to you is irrelevant.


    Posted by: Rowan | Sep 27, 2010 5:28:21 AM

  19. Exactly. Liberalizing Polands economic throttlehold by the PITCA agreement, the underlying threat of a Schezny takeover was avoided. A sort of a bottle in a hole theory is what kept them up with standard EU regulations.
    No one has ever fought the russians on a bigger scale than this homosexual offering of a ludicrous one man show. throw away the affectations, she is here to stay. boy, am I happy.

    Posted by: TANK | Sep 27, 2010 5:30:13 AM

  20. This "equity minister" is obviously cold and calculating...and...it seems to me that she didn't get away with it...as it appears that both journalist came to Mr Smiszek' defense.

    Besides...I am pretty sure the guy jounalist has a mad crush on Mr. Smiszek. Re-watch the film and watch his eyes :)~ It's pretty funny. And who wouldn't have a crush on him. ??!!! He adorable! :)

    She will get hers in due time. What goes around...comes around. Too bad though that she wasn't fired that day. :)

    Posted by: CTJPMarie | Sep 27, 2010 5:48:50 AM

  21. Thats really bad man in his part

    Posted by: ProjectGuru | Sep 27, 2010 5:54:51 AM

  22. Equality minister?! You must be KIDDING me!

    Posted by: Persona non grata | Sep 27, 2010 6:25:12 AM

  23. Rowan,

    Non-Americans like you (especially Euros / Brits) seem obsessed with the idea every white person in southern American states is a dumb hick. Are you aware there are southern states with black populations of 1/3rd (30%+) of the population? What's the total racial minority population of the UK? last time I checked it was 89-90% white (not that there's anything at all wrong with that BTW); my point is you, and people like you, have ZERO business lecturing others about race and racism.

    As for Jews, I don't comprehend what you wrote; it isn't clear to me. What I said was Jews, AS A GROUP, tend to vote and have social views more liberal, even leftwing, compared any other demographic group at least based on religion. This is a fact. And Catholics hold more liberal social views all mainline Protestant denominations (exceptions like Unitarians) and far more, on average, than evangelical or pentecostal Protestants and Baptists (Baptists technically aren't Protestant because they were never a part of the Catholic Church, hence they aren't 'protesting' (PROtestant) anything. These are also facts. I'm not saying I agree with everything personally, or that I think these facts are good or bad, I'm just stating facts.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Sep 27, 2010 6:43:26 AM

  24. Rowan, why are you conflating social and economic issues? Social issues take a lot longer to resolve; economic issues can change by the month. Moreover, the evil of McCarthy actually benefited the US once he left office because it exposed the dangers of extremism. I think anyone would agree that 20 years later, everyone recognized that McCarthy was a hateful piece of crap. And of course slavery affected AA's views of themselves....but that's not economics.

    And yeah,Tank, I'm pretty sure I know what I'm talking about since I've been writing and editing about economics in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, among other regions, for almost 20 years. But go ask Bolivia, Peru, Romania, and myriad other countries how shock therapy worked for them.(It rarely did, which is why Sachs atones now.) But first be sure to insult me however you like.

    Posted by: Paul R | Sep 27, 2010 6:50:49 AM

  25. Germany (and it's little sidekick,France)controls the EU. The EU exists first and foremost for Germany's economic benefit. There's a reason why Germany is the world's number one exporter. They'll gladly payoff their poorer Euros (regardless of the loud public whining) because the benefit of gigantic (the world's largest) home market outweighs the negatives.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Sep 27, 2010 6:59:39 AM

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