News: Gay Grant, Rick Sanchez’s Offensive Remarks And Guatemala

Alex Towlesmall A Boca Raton man has been charged with aggravated battery after allegedly attacking a man simply because he thought he was gay. The reported victim, it turns out, was straight, thus proving homophobia isn't only a "gay issue."

Towlesmall True Blood's Alexander Skarsgard has nothing but praise for Battleship co-star Rihanna's work ethic:
"This is her first movie but she’s great, she’s really really good in
it and her working. She’s got a crazy schedule. She’s really diligent
and I’m impressed."

Towlesmall Two Scottish men have been arrested for reportedly attacking a 27-year old gay man. The alleged victim was knocked unconscious and remains absolutely astonished the incident even happened: "I've lived in Edinburgh for eight years and nothing has ever happened like this before."

Towlesmall The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center just received a $13.3 million federal grant to help LGBT kids in foster care. Conservatives are going to have a field day with that one…

Nickelodeon_1993a-1Towlesmall Children's network Nickelodeon will address anti-gay bullying as part of its latest news special, Sticks, Stones and Cyberslams. (P.S.: Does anyone else remember the promo this Nickelodeon image came from? I had completely forgotten about it. So cool.)

Towlesmall New Jersey prosecutors are investigating a potential anti-gay bias in the events that led to Tyler Clementi's suicide this week.

Towlesmall The United States government has apologized for knowingly infecting Guatemalans with STDS in the 1940s. "The sexually transmitted disease inoculation study conducted from 1946-1948 in Guatemala was clearly unethical," said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a joint statement.

Towlesmall Rumor has it Rachel Zoe's with stylish child.

Towlesmall Twilight actor Kellan Lutz likes the gym and Calvin Klein. Pass it on.

Towlesmall Straight CBS newsman Harry Smith offers his thoughts on this week's gay suicides: "Gay bashing is still with us. There is still an otherness that goes along with being a homosexual that gives license to all kinds of prejudice… Being gay can cost you your family, maybe your employment. Tyler Clementi was caught on camera kissing another man. It cost him everything."

Rs_b2-1 Towlesmall CNN Anchor Rick Sanchez said that Jewish people aren't really a minority because they control the media.
Yes, really: "I'm telling you that everybody who runs CNN is a lot like
[Jon] Stewart, and a lot of people who run all the other networks are a
lot like Stewart. And to imply that somehow they — the people in this
country who are Jewish — are an oppressed minority?" Oy…

Towlesmall Moscow police yesterday detained anti-gay protesters for disrupting a gay rally. This is a step in the right direction for a city that's famously banned pride.

Towlesmall Joy Behar on gay suicides: "A lot of times you’ll hear politicians gay bashing and so-called religious people, hypocritical religious people, gay bashing, and I think that this sort of thing has an effect on the society as a whole."

Towlesmall A woman in China has been awarded $12,000 U.S. after being "harassed" by a lesbian online.

Towlesmall Federal authorities have filed a lawsuit against Fox News after the cable channel allegedly retaliated against a female reporter who accused them of gender bias.

Comments

  1. Christopher says

    Sanchez is an idiot. However, he did not say that the Jews are not a minority. He said that they are not an oppressed minority given how well-represented they are in the ranks of those who run the media. Which, c’mon, is certainly true.

  2. patrick nyc says

    Sanchez is a fucking douche bag, so are you CHRISTOPHER.

    Good for Joy Behar for being the only one in the MSM I’ve seen to lay the blame of hate at the right wing bigots.

  3. JJ says

    I cringe whenever I see Rick Sanchez on the air. Yesterday, while discussing the Clementi case, he expressed outrage at the term “cyber-bullying” and how it’s used to describe similar cases. He said it’s nothing more than “a psycho-babble, media term that [the media] made up”. To him, “bullying” doesn’t exist.

    Dude’s an unwatchable asshat.

  4. Christopher says

    Patrick, I certainly own up to being a douchebag, but what does that have to do with my pointing out that what Sanchez actually said is different from what was mis-reported here (I’ve actually taken the time to listen to his Sirius radio interview, have you?)

  5. Joey Y says

    Why are there quotes around “harassed” for the story from China? If what was reported is true, it was VERY much harassment. The woman who was doing this stuff was a serious stalker.

  6. James says

    @Spotlight

    Don’t you mean: ” I’d hardly say calling Jews out on their privilege and power is untruthful. But because it is unwise proves the truth! ”

  7. TANK says

    Quick? What’s the supposed to mean? This douchebag has a jimmy the greek moment, and gets his marching papers. That’s how it should be. Unless you’re trying to suggest something else at play…which would imply that he’s wrong, wouldn’t it?

  8. bierce says

    Thanks for reading a negative connotation into the benign comment “That was quick.” Maybe I should have said “Firing him the same day wasn’t quick enough”? What kind of crusading asshole are you?

  9. lightenup says

    Re: The Sanchez comment,

    The building next door to me houses a Jewish fraternity. Interestingly enough, none of them are offended by this and they actually agree that they are not an oppressed minority. See, the thing is that only gay people seem to want to desperately defend their status as an oppressed minority. The rest of the world would take this statement as an acknowledgment of the fact that they have managed to overcome the oppression of the past and insert themselves into powerful, influential roles throughout society.

  10. TANK says

    Given the other comments and general antisemitism in the gay community and beyond, I think I was justified in that conclusion. But it was false…right? You weren’t implying that due to the number of jews involved in cable news…that that’s the reason for its expedience, were you?

  11. lightenup says

    lol.

    Back the f*ck off, “Tank”. Not a damn word comes out your mouth that is not an overly-zealous, emotional reaction to some sort of perceived threat or other. If you had read my comment instead of reacting to it, you’d see that all I was doing was giving kudos to the Jews for not defining themselves as a disadvantaged fringe group, like many of our fellow gays do. Instead, they embraced the strengths they had and (post-WWII) established their culture and their people into a very invaluable, essential part of society.

    Just chill. Seriously. Everybody is not just out to hurt you. Don’t get so wrapped up in hate that you can’t even see when people are saying something positive.

  12. lightenup says

    that was probably the dumbest response you’ve ever typed, Tank. You’re usually far wittier than that. But I guess you really had nothing else up your sleeve once you realized that I wasn’t being a neo-nazi…

  13. hmmm says

    anyone else think it’s kind of a double standard that when a talking news head says that Jews aren’t an oppressed minority, he’s fired instantly, yet when far more negative things are said about gays, the best we get is an “internal ethics investigation”?

  14. brian k. says

    Tank, be careful with that ‘anti-semite’ label you are throwing around. It definitely does exist, obviously, but you seem to be applying it merely to anyone who doesn’t think that the Jews are 100% Perfect Gods.

    The problem with placing any group on such a pedestal is that you are not encouraging people to treat the group with equality and respect. Instead, you are actually encouraging treatment that resembles the way humans behave toward animals in a zoo; They become mere novelty instead of humans like everybody else.

  15. TANK says

    You goys can shut the fuck up. You have no idea what antisemitism is, or what it’s like to experience it. I do. And yeah, forms of antisemitism come in “you jew, you pay, good good,” and “you must be a lawyer, or a doctor, ” or, “jews aren’t oppressed anymore, because they’re all well off.” Yeah, double standard, alright.

  16. Joe says

    I have to admit, I don’t think Sanchez’s comments are anti-semitic.

    Both parties in America are willing to fight for Israel to win elections – something both parties don’t need to (or even barely need to) do for the gay community. Jews, while not wholly in the fabric, are not at all an oppressed minority in the same way gays are. That’s simply a fact. They have full rights in our country, and unlike Blacks, their aren’t drug laws created to hurt them. We also don’t see a party openly hating a group of people (immigrants and latinos) for being Jewish. It is too unsafe.

    Honestly, the firing of Rich Sanchez only proves, in an odd way to me, that maybe he is right about who is at the top in CNN. He is fired for saying that Jews are not oppressed (don’t they want to perceived as not oppressed? and should they not acknowledge that they are less oppressed than gays?).

  17. m.c. says

    Tank, I am a Jew, I am gay and I can say with absolute certainty that you don’t know what you are talking about. Being mistaken for being a powerful and well-off person is hardly insulting, certainly nowhere near as insulting as being mistaken for an immoral demon who’s not even worth basic human rights. So don’t pull the ‘you don’t know hate’ card. Especially on a gay website.

    It’s a shame that some of my fellow Jews feel inclined to act like they are still being held captive in Nazi death camps, but it’s simply not reality. We have come a long way from those days, far enough to not refer to ourselves as an oppressed minority. The examples of anti-semitism you offered are only common assumptions based on misperceptions, and none of those assumptions are negative.

    Finally, as a Jew I can attest to the fact that we really are human beings. Our cultural history is not 100% innocent. We have committed genocide. We have misused power. That is not anti-semitism, it’s reality. Please stop making us all look bad by attacking anyone who doesn’t fall to their feet in worship.

    And the next time you feel the need to trash an entire group of people (Christians, etc.) please try to remember how it feels to be hated and TRY to learn something from that.

  18. ratbastard says

    Sanchez is obviously a loose cannon, which is OK I guess, in his chosen field, if he can attract advertising dollars, etc., But, his comment about ‘Jews’ and maybe even so-called ‘elite’ liberals, all tied in with his employers, sank him. He was very disrespectful of his employers, to an extent they couldn’t just ignore or laugh off.

    He said several things I actually agree with, and think are insightful and rarely spoken by someone in his (former) position:

    1) So-called minorities do not all think alike, are individual human beings, but they are often portrayed by (marketers,advertisers,community ‘activists’,etc.,) as being monolithic.

    2) Northeast liberal elite: C’mon, it exists, who is kidding that it doesn’t. The government, financial institutions and schools located in the northeast Washington-NY-Bos corridor exert enormous influence on the U.S. as a whole, and there is an elite, many of whom have a cultural bias. But the thing is, ANYBODY, from any place or background, can be accepted into this elite, as long as you meet the right credentials. It isn’t just made up of people from the northeast. However those from metro NYC I think do play a disproportionate role.

    3) His comment about ‘cyber-bullying’ has a lot of truth if you really look at what he said. It’s a pop-psychology word, made up to suit current pop culture events, sexy and easy to sell. A whole industry can be built up around it. Don’t kid yourself, a lot of people, institutions, and groups are looking to make money off of the scourge of ‘cyber-bullying’.

    4) He’s correct in saying Jews (as a group, not individually of course) are at least not economically oppressed, and that as a group, they are disproportionately influential in many aspects of our society and culture. But Jews are also frequently mocked, ridiculed, and stereotyped (see: #1). And the U.S. is I think probably the most Jewish friendly place in the western world, certainly more-so than Europe, where anti-Semitism and specifically anti-Jewish (not just anti-Zionist) is pretty strong. Jews: I’m not Jewish, so people will say things to me or in front of me that they won’t in front of you if they know or think you’re Jewish. Trust me, there’s considerable popular anti-Jewish bigotry in the EU to an extent I’ve never observed in the U.S.

  19. ratbastard says

    Joe said:

    ‘We also don’t see a party openly hating a group of people (immigrants and latinos)’

    ****************************

    WHAT dominant political party in the U.S. hates openly or otherwise ‘immigrants and Latinos’? That’s a ridiculous statement in more ways than one. Many people are (rightfully imo) are upset with ILLEGAL immigration and out of control immigration to this country (the U.S.) and the MANY negative influences it has on our economy, politics, etc., But it’s completely untrue to parlay that into widespread hatred of ‘immigrants’ and ‘latinos’.

  20. Wimsy says

    When Sanchez says “minorities like me,” he means obnoxious, ignorant idiots, not Hispanics. Watching his ill-informed “coverage” and listening to his insipid comments was painful – good riddance.

  21. TANK says

    “Tank, I am a Jew, I am gay and I can say with absolute certainty that you don’t know
    what you are talking about.”

    Every group has its alan keyes.

    “Being mistaken for being a powerful and well-off person is hardly insulting, certainly nowhere near as insulting as being mistaken for an immoral demon who’s not even worth basic human rights.”

    So because it’s not as bad, but still exists, for the entire group…it’s not antisemitism…

    “So don’t pull the ‘you don’t know hate’ card. Especially on a gay website.”

    Well, clearly you don’t know the meanings of the terms. You’re the only having a hate off, too…which is pretty embarrassing. I think that intelligent people run to relativism or even nihilistic methaethics because there are soooo many unforgivingly stupid people around them. I count as you one of them, though I’m embrace neither theory.

    “It’s a shame that some of my fellow Jews feel inclined to act like they are still being held captive in Nazi death camps, but it’s simply not reality.”

    I didn’t say that it was, but this is antisemitism. It is the same tired meme that jews control the media (as a group, and that’s clearly false).

    “We have come a long way from those days, far enough to not refer to ourselves as an oppressed minority.”

    But antisemitism still exists. Are jews as a group still as oppressed as they were for thousands of years? No…not anymore…but it’s still rampant, it’s just clearly taken a new form (flattery, and it’s really not if you push the issue…it’s not flatter, and it’s complimentary, but you have absolutely no grasp of that), and it’s infected you. As Arendt stated, a jew can never just be a englishman, or an american, or french, or german…a jew is always a jew first, and everything else that may play more of a role in their identity second.

    “The examples of anti-semitism you offered are only common assumptions based on misperceptions, and none of those assumptions are negative.”

    But they are negative. That absolutely are negative. Most of the jews I know are not in the entertainment business, they don’t control the media, and they aren’t bankers…they’re normal people.

  22. TANK says

    Let’s take it a little further. Are you a heavy hitter in the entertainment industry? Are you a banker? Are you a lawyer or a doctor? Well, if not…how can you be a jew? That’s just crazy talk…

    And are you saying that those aren’t used against jews? That jews are a powerful economic force that are unified by an insidious ideology is a story as old as antisemitism. It might not be insulting to you, but it is to me.

  23. ratbastard says

    Why does Sanchez think he’s not ‘white’? WTF is he? He’s clearly of European ancestry, i.e. white, presumably Spain. He’s not a racial minority in the U.S. and there is no majority ethnicity of any race. He’s a gender minority, possibly a religious minority if he’s I assume Catholic, that’s about it….unless he’s gay.

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