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  1. Randy says

    Honestly more of the callers had a pro-gay message than I thought they would. This doesn’t qualify as news and NBC should be ashamed of itself, but I’m glad that there were a good number of people calling in who weren’t just anti-gay.

  2. Tim Scholes says

    Holy farting catfish!

    The commentator, the call ins, and comments on the “news” channels page are frightening. I thank God I was not born in Texas.

  3. Bobo says

    Love how they quickly cut off anyone who doesn’t support their obvious viewpoint that we are bad bad bad for america, and pushing our agenda….btw the second caller needs to put her teeth in before she gets on the phone!

  4. TANK says

    Will it be the fall of this country? This can’t be ignored…this man needs to lose his job, and heads need to roll over this. This is not a legitimate discussion–it is naked bigotry and hate. Don’t be satisfied until this affiliate station is properly punished for their hate speech.

  5. Greg says

    I’m so disgusted by this question and some of the callers messages. There is a poll asking the same question is on the radio station’s website. (Half way down the page) Please go take it, share this with everyone you know and help turn the number around. Thank you. http://www.ktbb.com/

  6. Henry Holland says

    I really do wish I had as much power to help destroy the most powerful country the world has ever known as They say I do. I mean, me and most of my friends just want to have steady jobs, partners (some), kids (some), a decent place to live and the ability to afford to have fun once in a while.

    Hardly comparable to “Overthrow the government and install a Marxist dictatorship! Round up all churchgoers and slaughter them before burning their churches down! [Synagogues and mosques get a pass, of course] Ban guns, except for people who work for the government!”

  7. mstrozfckslv@yahoo.com says

    John

    YES bonobos are smarter than rednecks

    andrew that is an insult to bonobos since rednecks would stone and massacre all bonobo chimps if they had their way. The whole bisexual orgies bit that bonobo chimps practice = is evil to the redneck GAWDDDD

  8. InNYC says

    I feel devastated and angry by this. I don’t even have anything funny to say, because it is just so awful. I can’t believe that in this day and time a TV broadcaster could (or would) spew such hate. I honestly believe we need to rescue all the gays from the bible belt – this makes me fear for their well-being, particularly the young people. Sometimes I feel like the downfall of America for us is coming. Fortunately, my partner is from Australia, so we can move back there when the Republicans and Tea Party take over and begin to re-criminalize homosexuality.

  9. Bob R says

    Amerika is getting to sound and feel more and more like Germany in the early 30’s. The political lies and blatant racist/homophobic propaganda, the increased anti-gay violence and attacks on persons and property, right wing political thugs physically attacking and stomping the opposition. Armed “Tea Partiers” at public meetings brandishing racist and homophobic placards along with their weapons. And the corporate oligarchs have clearly thrown their support behind these extremists, perhaps thinking they might be able to “control” them once they achieve power. No, it’s not Nazi Germany, but it is America’s own imitation.

    All of this antagonized by economic distress, high unemployment and a loss of the national moral compass. It’s the perfect breeding ground for demagogues, and when the right one comes along…well history has told us many times what happens. History warns, but the people ignore the warnings. The decision must be made to either oppose these forces with every fiber of our being, or leave while there is still time.

  10. Jerry says

    An interesting contrast, oddly enough. On Monday, Investigation Discovery’s “Hardcover Mysteries” featured an episode by a Tyler crime novelist about the Nicholas West bias murder. See, Tyler actually prosecuted and EXECUTED two gay-bashing rednecks in the not-too-distant past. I think the true nature of Tyler, Texas is somewhere between these two extremes.

  11. TampaZeke says

    I think one of their “Questions of the day” last week was, ” Are nigras and wetbacks pulling their weight or are they just dragging real Texans down?”

  12. Hue-Man says

    I’m about to flee Canada for Iran before the downfall happens here next week; no downfalls in Iran because they don’t have any HOMOsexuals. These fine Texans remind me of what I learned about American history: “The Americans revolted against the Brits in 1776 and they have been revolting ever since!” (bad, I know).

    This display of ignorance goes a long way to explain how parents could throw an underage kid out of their home because the kid is gay. May be the American Psychologists can classify these homophobes in a special mental illness category for the next DSM – a few months of electro-convulsive therapy might do the trick.

  13. candide says

    Where are those posters who have been trying to split the vote all month long with their “dem, republican, makes no difference” line? After next Tuesday watch the roll back of our advances begin. And y’all were bitching about Obama dragging his feet.

  14. says

    “Then for God’s sake vote, vote, vote Democratic! Texas has the most hate filled, mean spirited population on the face of the earth … and they’ve got the Republican Party by the balls! Why doesn’t this NBC affiliate just show it’s true colors and broadcast Faux News all day.”

    This is isn’t the time to plug in your pathetic attempt to peddle your liberal political party. The problem is this station, which can be filled with BOTH democrats and republicans. YOU are just another liberal shill.

  15. kate217 says

    Well as of 4:40 EDT, 28 people (9%) had voted “Yes” and 283 (91%) had voted “No.” Somehow I doubt these are the results the station was hoping for.

    As for the “number of young people with same-sex partners has doubled” straw man, hasn’t even occurred to them that more openly gay youth doesn’t actually mean more gay youth?

  16. Keith says

    I think everyone needs to take in to account the age of those who called in to the show. The vast majority sounded older than dirt, and are the only ones left in this country who have any free time on their hands to take the time to call in to this disgusting display of anti-LGBT rhetoric. As the generation that was born during the most virulently anti-gay eras of the 1940s through mid 1960’s start to die off in greater numbers, we will really start to see the shift in equality and acceptance. I’m not pollyannish about it all, I realize there will always be anti-LGBT minorities in this nation, but I do believe that in about 30-50 years you’ll see a dramatic shift in the overall treatment of the LGBT community in the national press.

  17. conductress says

    As a Texan, that was rough to watch. I’m quite certain that my grandmother would say exactly what some of those religious conservative ladies said if I told her I was gay. :(

  18. Michael says

    Unbelievable! No, the dumbing down of society, as demonstrated by these callers, will be the downfall of this country. Most of my gay friends all have some form of higher education (BS degree or higher). Perhaps that is why we as a 7% minority are becoming such a threat to these ignorant, close-minded individuals. Knowledge and education are power, and that is a threat to them. Unfortunately, we are an easy scapegoat for what is wrong with the country. It is rampant materialism and greed (Republican values) that have put our country in the perilous situation it is in today. Other than that, this is just outright bigotry & hate spewed by a bunch of Texas rednecks.

  19. Robert says

    “This is isn’t the time to plug in your pathetic attempt to peddle your liberal political party. The problem is this station, which can be filled with BOTH democrats and republicans. YOU are just another liberal shill.” … PEPA
    Written perhaps by someone, dare I say a conservative, who didn’t bother to follow the link to the Republican Party Platform legislative agenda for 2010. Quoting here for the link clicking impaired
    “Marriage Licenses – We support legislation that would make it a felony to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple
    and for any civil official to perform a marriage ceremony for such.
    Homosexuality – We believe that the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society, contributes to the breakdown
    of the family unit, and leads to the spread of dangerous, communicable diseases. Homosexual behavior is contrary to the
    fundamental, unchanging truths that have been
    ordained by God, recognized by our country’s founders, and shared by the majority of Texans. Homosexuality must not be
    presented as an acceptable “alternative” lifestyle in our public education and policy, nor should “family” be redefined to
    include homosexual “couples.” We are opposed to any granting of special legal entitlements, refuse to recognize, or grant
    special privileges including, but not limited to: marriage between persons of the same sex (regardless of state of origin),
    custody of children by homosexuals, homosexual partner insurance or retirement benefits. We oppose any criminal or civil
    penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values.
    Texas Sodomy Statutes – We oppose the legalization of sodomy. We demand that Congress exercise its authority
    granted by the U.S. Constitution to withhold jurisdiction from the federal courts from cases involving sodomy.”
    I would invite you to go ahead and vote actively or by sitting home on your butt for the resulting legal sanctions against you and yours actively and feverishly pursued by the Republicans and their Tea Party Brown Shirts in the state of Texas.
    If you believe wanting to protect ones self against such legislative intrusions to individual privacy and sanctions against the civil rights of all citizens are a “liberal agenda” I enthusiastically agree. Further discussion, beyond saying that the aforementioned principles are indeed the cornerstone of liberal thought, would be, I fear, as useful an endeavor as nailing Jell-o to a tree.

  20. Brian B. says

    The incredible stupidity of half of this country is astounding…but I can’t help but laugh when I hear those viewers’ comments. Half of these comments were unintelligible.

    Never been, and probably never will go to Texas, at least not until those bigots die of old age.

  21. April says

    I was so grateful to read so many positive comments. Even with the number of pro-gay callers that were included (yet cut off), this video still almost brought me to tears. How can people sleep at night? I really cannot even find words. The end of this country/world will be all the hate that lives here.

  22. bigbowood says

    What sickens me most about this is that the TV station is that market’s Ellen affiliate. It seems as if they’re doing this story merely as a way to generate page hits to their websites.

    Rather than go to both stations’ respective websites to lodge our complaints, we should visit the websites of all of their competitors to show our support for NOT airing fear-mongering stories such as these.

  23. mad1026 says

    Tuesday is Election Day. If you haven’t voted yet, please remember to do it by the 2nd. If these inbred repugli-cants get into office, the country will definitely be on the wrong track!

  24. Ben says

    Speaking as a Texan, I’m appalled that this was actually a subject on a mainstream television station. That having been said, I’m a bit heartened that at least a large minority of the respondents strongly rejected homophobia. OK, one of the callers seemed to confuse us with intersexed people, but his heart was in the right place.

  25. TANK says

    C’mon, you simply can’t let the callers get ya down. They’re trash…uneducated, sub literate trash. Barring genetic excellence (i.e., the illiterate genius), what do you expect from these people? They’re just human garbage who are slaves to memes, and have never thought…will go to their graves without ever thinking. You let people that in, and you’re finished. Texas isn’t all trash, but there’s a healthy of it. I like the food…I like barbecue…that’s about it.

  26. Andy says

    This question is g-r-e-a-t because it elicits nasty feelings towards gay people therefore exposing the lurking, do-nothing “conservatives” among us to the whole community. It’s good to know what people think, even if it’s appalling.

  27. TANK says

    I dunno. Dunno if that’s true, andy. The eminent ethicist bernard williams remarked that if a man were to tell you that he wouldn’t kill you, you shouldn’t trust that man. He meant that if it’s occurred to one that killing you is an option, then you should run for the hills. It don’t really inspire trust, do it? I agree with that.

    I think it’s symptomatic of an assumed freedom to express whatever hateful beliefs one does, in fact have…and I’m okay with people keeping those to themselves, because one day…they’ll obscure them to such an extent that they make no tangible difference to their behavior, and thereby reflect change. People like the callers, for example, are much more concerned with what people in their “communities” think than anything else. It’s the carrot…they want to fit in…they want to fit in so badly that they’ve destroyed themselves to do so.

  28. please vote says

    i live in texas, though did not get ‘here as fast as i could’. this is where i live and i’m going to vote. if you are privileged enough to live in a more enlightened area, please help. vote.

  29. candide says

    They have the same poll question up today. But they same to have erased yesterday’s results. Go back and vote again. Plus they’re asking whether newspapers should have to print gay wedding announcements.

  30. Creative1 says

    I have spoken to both General Managers (the radio station and the TV station that did the simulcast)

    Dave (sorry I did not get his last name)at the TV station seems to understand that gays and lesbians llive and work in Tyler, TX too. he was embarrassed and apologetic. I pointed out that it was not just the radio station who had erred with the TV anchors asking “leading” homophobic questions.

    They have invited the Ft Worth City Councilmand who gave the impassioned response to LGBT suicide and bullying on the You Tube “It Gets Better” Project some time on the station in the coming days.

    The Station manager at KTBB, Paul Gleiser, the radio station, posted a response that is clearly bigoted.

    I can say that it is about the same as someone throwing a punch and then apologing by saying…..

    “I am so sorry your face ran into my fist”

  31. Austin Rozzell says

    Please except my appallingly humble sincere apology, not all Texans are like the Bigots that phoned in, there are thousands of Gay Texans, I my self am proud to be a Gay Texan but not very proud of that Tyler Texas Station.
    Feel free to call them up and let them know how you feel,
    I am not saying theat station should be wiped off the map, but it would not hurt my feeling if it was.

  32. Mark says

    What about other factors conspiring toward the downfall of America?

    If our country is going to crash into the canyon it will be because of our ridiculously wasteful budgetary and spending policies, our unfair tax system, our chronic need to go to war to maintain our world dominance, our indifference to the causes of homelessness, our abandonment of education accessibility and standards, our “world’s best” health care system that is out of reach for millions of its citizens or our government serving corporate interests at the expense of its citizens. Any one of these could push us over the cliff.

    All of these things are corrupting and fragmenting our national life, and it is hard to believe that citizens who want to share a legal commitment and otherwise be left alone are more powerful than the above noted national failings.

    Why can’t people recognize fear-mongering when it is right in front of them? This is childishness, no more sophisticated than a playground threat, unworthy of the United States of America.

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