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Howard Stern Compares Bachmann and Santorum to Hitler in Lengthy Tirade Supporting Gay Rights: AUDIO


Howard Stern launched into a lengthy rant this week against Michele Bachman, Rick Santorum, and anti-gay Republicans over the Ellen DeGeneres 'One Million Moms' controversy. Stern also spoke out against anti-gay bullying and praises Newark mayor Cory Booker's speech in support of marriage equality.

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  1. I just stated facts. Howard Stern's dedication to GLBT rights is limited to "hot lesbians" of the type who appear in porn movies that are purchased by straight-identifying men. It is NOT a genuine acceptance in my view.

    The mere fact that there are gay men who support this notion is repulsive beyond belief. You've lost your way as a community and as individuals. You're now worshipping fakes like Stern who objectify women in a sleazy fashion. How sad, how utterly sad.

    Maybe I shouldn't be surprised. You spend your weekends in dance clubs dancing to fake AutoTuned music, you watch fake women in the form of drag queens fake-singing to songs, and your entire reason-for-existence is based on the sex act rather than the concept of gay rights.

    Face it - most of you are fakes.

    Posted by: jason | Feb 9, 2012 4:22:39 PM

  2. This is a different Jason, here, btw:

    Jason above: You are patently incorrect. I can only assume you are not a Howard listener, and that you have not heard his many illuminating conversations with George Takei about his romantic partnership and his life as a gay man in America, nor have you heard any of his defense of the right of gay men to live happy, free lives.

    What's truly "repulsive beyond belief"? Dismissing people outright when you've not listened to their broadcasts or beliefs. Funny: Dismissing Stern as a "fake" based on your ill-researched assumptions--and perhaps insecurities and fears--sounds startlingly like the conservative dismissal of gays based upon the same unfounded criteria.

    Posted by: Jason | Feb 9, 2012 4:55:31 PM

  3. Jason - He spent most of this rant defending Rose O'Donnell. I'm pretty she's not in the "hot lesbian" group.

    Bruce - Just because this particular rant has to do with lesbians doesn't mean he doesn't support gay men. Listen to more of his show and you'll see that he's a true supporter of all LGBT.

    Posted by: Andy | Feb 9, 2012 5:01:15 PM

  4. Howard Stern made his money with the offensive "lesbian dating club" segment. It was clearly designed to titillate sleazy straight guys. It wasn't designed to increase acceptance of GLBT issues. He had a parade of fake lesbians entering that segment.

    Note how he didn't have a male version.

    Howard Stern is your typical straight guy: sleazy, sexist, and homophobic towards men in particular. He's a fake.

    Posted by: jason | Feb 9, 2012 5:07:01 PM

  5. Just ignore Jason. He is a retarded troll

    Posted by: Steve | Feb 9, 2012 5:17:56 PM

  6. @Steve I agree. I listened to Stern all through the 90's and early 00's. He is probably the most vocal gay rights supporter on the radio that isn't gay - and even more vocal than some gay celebs.

    Posted by: Jon | Feb 9, 2012 5:24:11 PM


    Posted by: Jeff R. | Feb 9, 2012 6:26:26 PM

  8. Jason, why is a straight guy sleazy if he's turned on by lesbian sex?

    Posted by: Kevin B | Feb 9, 2012 6:39:30 PM

  9. Howard's been our friend for a long, long time. Way to go, HS!

    Posted by: kimmer | Feb 9, 2012 7:09:29 PM

  10. I am a lifelong liberal democrat and a gay man and i unconditionally condemn Howard Sterns rant against Bachmann and Santorum. I totally disagree with almost everything those two stand for. One of my happiest votes was when I joined the 700,000 votes majority in Pa to toss Santorum out of the Senate. However to suggest that Santorum and Bachmann should be thrown off the stage where ever they speek is to encourage criminal behavior and is a fundamental assualt on our democracy. Any American who agrees with him should be ashamed of themselves.

    Posted by: jack | Feb 9, 2012 9:09:52 PM

  11. I watched Ellen Degeneres,on her show the other day, defend herself and state her position in a most dignified way. She doesn't need this vulgar man defending her. Some people say that they can tell what kind of a person you are by who your friends are. Please gay folks, don't accept this vulgar man's friendship.

    Posted by: jack | Feb 9, 2012 9:48:33 PM

  12. @Jack If you listen to Howard he's saying that it is an accepted bigotry to condemn gay people. That's his point about Bachmann and Santorum. They should get thrown off the stage. Any gay man who disagrees with him ought to be ashamed of herself/himself.

    Posted by: Jon | Feb 9, 2012 10:10:10 PM

  13. Response to Jon's post: Freedom of speech is one of the foundation stones in a democracy. The free exchange of ideas is essential for the survival of a democracy. That freedom is guaranteed by our U.S. Constitution. Yes Jon, people are free to say things that you and I may disagree with or even find hateful. Thats the price of freedom. Believe me as a gay man I will never be ashamed of defending that freedom.

    Posted by: jack | Feb 9, 2012 11:18:47 PM

  14. The First Amendment to the United States Constitution does not guarantee anyone a stage, it only guarantees that the government won't be the one to throw you off a stage — the people, on the other hand, are perfectly within their rights to shout you off.

    Posted by: Eric | Feb 9, 2012 11:32:37 PM

  15. You do not have the freedom to "throw" people off the stage. That would be an assault. Its a criminal offense. Instead of encouraging others to committ the assault, he should go an attempt to do it himself. I would love to see that vulgar loudmouth taken away by the Secret Service in handcuffs. It is unfortunate that some who post on this site don't understand that the free exchange of ideas is an essential part of a democracy.

    Posted by: jack | Feb 9, 2012 11:56:28 PM

  16. I am disappointed at how many people are criticizing a shock-jockey of being vulgar. How can a man be squeaky-clean when his career is based on stirring up controversy? Of all things to oppose, really?

    Posted by: ElDiablo | Feb 10, 2012 1:43:10 AM

  17. I am opposing the vulgar man's opposition to freedom of speech which is one of the fundamental principles of democratic government.That is a very important thing to oppose.

    Posted by: jack | Feb 10, 2012 2:00:00 AM

  18. @JACK

    You don't have an eye for detail, do you?

    Posted by: Eric | Feb 10, 2012 5:59:18 AM

  19. Am I the only one who switches the dial back and forth from NPR to Howard Stern? Yes he uses same-gender desire for humorous effect, and humorists need some material somewhere, but he doesn't slam gays, unless they are the closeted ones who vote against us. He has an outsider's sensibility and it shows. Jews and gays have faced the same persecution side by side, by the same people, and we should hang together. PS: I'm not sure guys with his creative spark are ever 100% straight.

    Posted by: Rob | Feb 10, 2012 8:02:40 AM

  20. Been listening to Howard & Co. since the 80s and he has always been pro-gay-rights. He discusses and dissects all facets of human sexuality and has never shied away from gay stuff, whether he is speaking seriously or doing a humorous bit that pokes fun. The addition of George Takei to the show years back added an even stronger pro-LGBT element. He's on our side, folks.

    Posted by: EO | Feb 10, 2012 10:47:34 AM

  21. It shouldn't be a surprise that, yet again, Jason is spouting more inaccurate, twisted, batsh*t crazy nonsense but this time he really takes the prize. Clearly, he's never listened to Stern because he would know that Stern has always been adamantly, vehemently pro-gay. I've heard Howard shred callers for being anti-gay. His show has always been boundary pushing. He does anything that will offend people like Jason because they're the douchebags that keep this world from evolving. Go Howard! I agree with the sane Jason's idea that he should be acknowledged officially by GLAAD or something.

    Posted by: D.R.H. | Feb 10, 2012 12:12:30 PM

  22. @Jack: I couldn't disagree more. While democracy does need the free exchange of ideas, ideas can be communicated in either a destructive or constructive manner. If speech is destructive, it shouldn't be allowed. Before the desegregation laws in the US, a large group of people actually supported the view that all black people should be sent back to Africa. One sub-group expressed serious doubts about white and black people being able to live together because white oppression had reached such sickening levels (rape, mutilation, etc.). That is a legitimate concern - retaliation and ongoing violence. Another vocal sub-group simply wanted to send black people back to Africa because they didn't like the color of their skin. If they wouldn't be slaves, they could GTFO. This is not a legitimate concern and is racially motivated hatred of a group. Democracy does not depend on that kind of speech.
    If a republican candidate were to use racially motivate hate-speech, then I would advocate removing them from the podium. All that is involved is cutting power to the mic. I also think that people should be booed off the stage, which Stern questions at one point why they aren't booed. But in the case of verbal gay-bashing, it seems to be publicly acceptable to use hate speech against gay people. Concerns about gay rights can be communicated in non-hateful ways. I have no problem discussing the Bible, for example, which says that gay people ought to be killed - or more precisely, it says it is not a sin to kill a man who has sex with another man. But when a person in 2012 calls for the death of gay people, that is hate speech. They are prompting a sort of action, a response from society. People are entitled to think and feel whatever they like. But to deny that sometimes speech can be used as an action is naive.
    It isn't the fact that I disagree with it that makes it hateful. It's whether speech is used as an action, by calling for some action, and the destructiveness of that action. Not all ACTIONS ought to be tolerated. I don't support physically harming Bachmann or Santorum. But to give them a podium is absurd.

    Posted by: Jon | Feb 10, 2012 1:12:47 PM

  23. Obama is against gay marriage but liberals cant deal with it so they attack staw man enemies. nothing changes but liberals "feel like they've done something" when in fact they have done jack squat. Obama relected gays still can't marry. yay liberals with all your BS. yawning.

    Posted by: dmack | Feb 12, 2012 12:48:04 AM

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