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Kevin Smith Tells Conservatives To Get Out Of His Gay Brother's Bedroom: VIDEO


Director and equality activist Kevin Smith took on conservatives who demonize LGBT people during an interview with Piers Morgan yesterday, telling the CNN host the right needs to stay out of people's bedrooms, specifically his gay, married brother's.

"I know my brother, he's a great guy, goes to church, doesn't screw anybody over, and yet he's still got some religious yahoos and politicos over to the side going: 'Change your ways or you're going to hell,'" he said. "Stay out of my brother's bedroom, buddy. Like I don't know what else to tell you. He's a good dude, as are most people in this world."

He went on:

When political figures or religious figures get involved in the bedroom and start wondering what you're doing behind closed doors, you know it's going to swing back on them. How many times has it happened where these people who go extremely [right], suddenly you find out are hiding something?

It always makes you suspicious when someone's like, 'We've got to get rid of porn in this country,' because it's almost like the next line should be, ''Cause I've got a real problem with it, man!'

That may be a dig at Rick Santorum, whom Smith criticized for attacking porn: "Santorum lost the moment he was like: 'I'm going after pornography.' Because for a lot of us, they're like 'Buddy? That's all I got.'"

Watch Smith discuss conservative zealots and pornography, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. It's never easy to confront those who look like you and with whom you share cultural affinities and/or kinship.

    It'sw a lot easier for white gays to point the finger at a homophobic black community as the source of so much homophobia.

    Difficult to look at the homophobia of their parents and kin.

    It's easy for black gays and lesbians to point the finger at racist white gays (of which there are aplenty) then to point the finger at their culture and churches, etc. (although it happens quite frequently).

    Set thine own house in order before you go pointing fingers.

    I suppose.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Mar 22, 2012 1:39:43 PM

  2. for what it's worth - gay white men on here complaining about "black homophobia" doesn't DO anything.

    the fact that the racist party of america is also the anti-gay party of america seems to be lost on some folk....

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Mar 22, 2012 1:42:19 PM

  3. i will say, though - isn't it odd how gay republicans are almost always complete racists and how the few non-white republicans are almost always anti-gay?

    it's incredible - they both Lean Right because they hate....each other.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Mar 22, 2012 1:43:13 PM

  4. So it's not right to mention black homophobia, but consistent mentions of white homophobia (Republican variety) is fine.

    Why is that? because it hurts admitting a part of the population the gay community has convinced itself is their ally, isn't much of an ally?
    hence it was easy marching in front of a Mormon church, but where was the marches in Compton at the black churches who said far worse about gays?

    Posted by: CollardHines | Mar 22, 2012 2:53:18 PM

  5. Exactly, BOBN!

    The NAACP supports LGBT rights. Any Right/Repub organization? Nope. All my own straight black friends and acquaintances know I'm gay and have no problem with that. They support me and my whole family with love and respect.

    Someone mentioned in an earlier post about bullying from above vs. from below. I think that's relevant here: the white/right folks are in a position of power (even though they claim to be powerless victims), whereas, generally, black "urban" youth come from a true position of powerlessness. Not excusing how their anger at being powerless might be expressed, but it's understandable that there's great and deep-seated anger.

    But the very fact that a post about Kevin Smith's (hubba hubba) comments re: right wingers (of no particular race) became a cause for posting the first few comments shows a racist, dogmatic bent.

    We would have killed prop 8 but for teh blacks! (oh, no, not due to those lily white mormons, though). It's pathetic and sad.

    Posted by: David R. | Mar 22, 2012 3:28:03 PM

  6. Of course there is homophobia in the Black community as there is in the White community. I know far more White Gay people that have been 'disowned' by their parents/ family than Black gay people.Black folks may make more negative comments about Gays but we for the most part don't turn our backs on our gay relatives. For the White gays how often do you confront White family/ friernds when they make racist commments? It's a 2 way street.

    Posted by: Kim | Mar 22, 2012 3:29:18 PM

  7. "Black folks may make more negative comments about Gays but we for the most part don't turn our backs on our gay relatives"

    Don't tell that lie...yes, black families and black churches...a lot of them...do turn their back on their relatives, particularly those that don't adhere to the DADT protocols of the community...and white families do the exact same thing. I don't know why white gays think that black folks are other than...well, human, I guess.

    anyway, I don't even know how or why this thread morphed into the 1,265,467,931th conversation at towleroad on black homophobia.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Mar 22, 2012 4:51:29 PM

  8. Unfortunately minority groups are easily persuaded by religious based bigotry- but Kevin is of course right- when anyone starts preaching against sex or porn it means he has plenty of dirt hiding in his dungeon

    Posted by: jaragon | Mar 22, 2012 6:07:15 PM

  9. Dennis is a troll (Note where his name links to) and you all got sucked into the pretty red herring. This post has nothing to do with homophobia within the black community.

    Understanding changes minds, and you don't have to be any particular color to provide that to others. Just a thought.

    Posted by: antisaint | Mar 22, 2012 6:21:16 PM

  10. White, latino and asian ghetto people are also violently homophobic. Its not a race thing, its an alpha male dominance/insecurity/ignorance thing. It is cultural, but that culture is not black or white, its class.

    The affluent, educated, politically powerful bigots are usually arrogant spoiled asses on power-trips who are only better at concealing the extent of damage they inflict on gay people through manipulative language and the levers of government.

    Each poses a distinct threat to our community.

    Posted by: Wes | Mar 22, 2012 7:15:31 PM

  11. here we go again with the asinine "black people have no political power" argument

    Posted by: gomez | Mar 22, 2012 8:24:38 PM

  12. @ GOMEZ: If you're referring to my comment, read more carefully.

    Posted by: David R. | Mar 22, 2012 11:31:07 PM

  13. Caliban says: You might have reason to fear non-white homophobes on an individual, one-on-one basis but it's mainly the white Religious Right figures who are trying to take away your rights through legislation.

    I have a question: which of my rights is the Religious Right trying to take away?

    Living in Texas, I feel like I'm more free now than I was 10 or 20 years ago.

    Granted that I can't get married (yet) but that certainly isn't a right that was taken away from me. And it's one that I expect to gain in the medium near term.

    What am I missing?

    Posted by: wsmith | Mar 22, 2012 11:39:42 PM

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