it's the same misunderstanding of the human condition that leads some people, mainly the Gay Republicans themselves, who insist that it's "brave" to be a Gay Conservative.
but it's not. it's the exact opposite of brave. it's cutting off your own balls, and then soaking yourself in your own urine for good measure, in order to appear harmless and subservient and powerless to the bully you're sucking up to.
Cameron is an intellectually-feeble lemming who, gallingly, seems to actually believe the factually-incorrect nonsense he's spending his life espousing.
one can only imagine what led him to insist on this pious and decidedly hypocritical way of life. likely the same thing that's led Santorum to live a life centred around telling people how gross he thinks gay sex is.
ONLY in terms of homophobia is bigotry celebrated as freedom of speech.
Substitute black, Latino, Jews, women (vile Herman Cain called Nancy Pelosi a pirncess and the entire country called it the most vile statement toward women in decades, with an official apology being issued) and it's a national outcry and people automatically condemn the bigot. In terms of homophobia, we are told to deal with it.
This needs to be addressed. This notion that condemning gays is perfectly acceptable in society is becoming increasingly popular. While you can't say anything about anyone else, and worse....many gays have come to accept the fact that people think they're vile and it's okay for them to state so. I expect every well adjusted gay and lesbian to stand up and speak up and challenge bigotry, but more so....the acceptance of bigotry toward gays.
Posted by: T.J | Mar 4, 2012 3:01:43 PM
I recently read a book on the historic pain and suffering of gays and lesbians throughout history. It has been a genocide, but as opposed to a one time event, it's been an ON GOING genocide. Millions of gay men and women throughout history have been killed in brutal, cruel, terrible ways all for their sexuality. It doesn't always get reported or educated, but it's there. It presently happens in many parts of the world from the Middle East where you get stoned in parts of Southern Iran, to Africa where hundreds have been shot or imprisoned.
Our story as gays has never been told. Our suffering throughout history has never been expressed. Ever. Our story is just as bad, if not far worse, than the discrimination any other group has faced. Not only were our gay brothers and sisters killed for hundreds of years for being gay, but the other half that weren't had to sell their soul to the devil and be something they weren't. They had to lie about who they were, for fear of not being assaulted, jailed, killed. That still happens today all throughout this world toward LGBT. Enough is enough. Your "courageous" opinions are killing lives, but because they are gay, you don't mind.
Posted by: Michelle | Mar 4, 2012 3:06:06 PM
David Kuria is brave. That is what bravery looks like. Kirk Cameron is no David Kuria.
Posted by: Abejabbi | Mar 4, 2012 3:09:16 PM
CNN has long been homophobic, but in the most calculating manner. They want both the homophobes and gays to sit on the dinner table together and pay CNN's bills. They are very coy about it. They want to serve the homophobes, and throw in a gay segment (during the day for a whole minute) to please both parties but their reportings and stories on gays have been so damaging. They've done literally hundreds of programs giving anti gay bigots a platform to speak on the evils of being gay, the ex gay movement being succesful, how gays are responsible for AIDS, they employ one of the most homophobic (and proud of it) individuals in television as an employee (Roland Martin) all while doing countless specials on "Latino in America" "Black in America" "The plight of the Illegal Immigrant" have they ever featured a special on gays? Being gay in America? Not a single one.
We need someone, ANYONE to take CNN to task for this.
Pierce Morgan would NEVER call a KKK member brave, yet homophobes are what drive our kids to kill themselves and they are celebrated as heros on CNN.
Posted by: USC Trojan Fan | Mar 4, 2012 3:11:51 PM
I'm sometimes just bewildered that I live in the same world as 95% of this country, and society.
every single hour of every single day we have stories of discrimination gays face, from being bashed to death, having their houses set on fire, thrown out of restaurants, thrown out of planes for kissing, principals telling gay children they'll die and burn in hell, policemen writing fag on people's cars, politicians saying we are responsible for AIDS...AND GAYS KIDS KILLING THEMSELVES LEFT, RIGHT AND CENTER....and yet people like Kirk Cameron are hailed as brave.
Has society not learned anything from history? has society not opened a history book? This is disgusting. Piers Morgan and CNN are just a dot in the ugliness that is our homophobic climate today.
Posted by: Kia | Mar 4, 2012 3:17:14 PM
This comes from a man whose show sucks so bad that he has to have people like Kirk Cameron on it. It's sad when you strive to prove how irrelevant you've become.
Posted by: Michael | Mar 4, 2012 3:17:19 PM
Homophobia is NOT brave. Kirk Cameron is a coward. I suspect that deep inside himself, he knows this.
Posted by: Nino | Mar 4, 2012 3:17:51 PM
It's amazing how being anti-gay is something that we liberals are told to "accept" as a "difference of opinion."
Ive even heard this nonsense being trumpeted loudly by Gay Conservatives; you know, the whole "Oh yeah? Where's that liberal tolerance you all talk about? isn't tolerance a two-way street?"
No, you plebebian wimps. There's no tolerating someone and their specific beliefs that are inherently based around the idea and ACTION of not tolerating others, and refusing to understand them.
or my fave: "Some of my family are against gay marriage, and i respect their opinion"
yeah. and that's why they're against gay marriage. you're gay, and you've shown them that you're not worth respecting, as you don't even respect yourself.
or how on tv and radio shows when "Gay Issues" come up and the host caps it with some statement like "Well, both sides bring up good points..."
really? they do? i must have missed the part where the anti-gay side made any "points" that make any sense or are worth respecting and valuing. Truly. Show after show, program after program, discussion after discussion..."well, both sides have their arguments"
no. they don't. one side has arguments and logic. the other has baseless excuses.
it's high time it was called what it is - bigotry.
and yeah, we don't have the KKK on talking abut Black History Month or any issues relating to the ongoing civil rights movement, and yet when Gay Stuff comes up they bring in Bigotty Nitwits.
Following this logic, Rick Santorum and every other gay-hating homophobic bigot are not bashing me – they’re just being brave. Hmmm… So, Piers Morgan and CNN not only sanction and encourage hate speech, they’re brave for doing so.
Posted by: Steve | Mar 4, 2012 3:20:41 PM
I do believe that in this era, gays have it the hardest of any other demographic that I can think of, by a landslide. Being gay gets you kicked out of your own home by your own family, and when you end up on the streets, you'll still be kicked again by strangers simply for who you love. It's amazing to me how people have a zero tolerance policy for discriminating against any other minority group, yet say something horrible about gays and you'll be considered a champion. This needs to either be acknowledged or it will continue.
Posted by: Constance | Mar 4, 2012 3:20:58 PM
Piers Morgan posing as a champion of us and purporting to confront homophobes......
The number of gay teenagers who killed themselves or attempted to kill themselves in this school year, which isn't even over yet, has been monumental and absolutely alarming, yet here we sit on the largest news network touting their homophobic guest who spewed hatred as a heroic figure. We wonder why our gay kids take a gun to their heads? this entire episode with Cameron and CNN perfectly illustrates it. I'm actually sick to my stomach.
Posted by: Jamal-ATL | Mar 4, 2012 3:25:30 PM
The problem everyone is overlooking is that the gay community doesn't challenge homophobia not nearly as much as the thousands of Latino rights foundations, black coalitions, womens rights groups, thousands of Jewish groups that will literally go out on the streets and evoke riots and backlash toward their offenders. Gays often have been beat down so much that they expect it, or brush it off. Trust me, in todays schools a Mexican kid will NOT stand for some white kid calling him out of his name. A female politician will not for one moment allow a male politician to degrade her without a major backlash. An African American league will call for the resignition of anyone who so even subtley makes racist commentary. Gays with homophobia? hardly anything is ever done. As my heterosexual friends tell me, straight people view gays as weak. Whereas straights are very relecutant to speak ill of any other minority group, they never feel challenged when attacking gays.
THAT'S what needs to stop. That is the solution to our problems. Gays DEMANDING respect and rights, not just sitting in the corner weak and meek.
Posted by: Real Talk | Mar 4, 2012 3:31:01 PM
why doesn't piers go back to going thru garbage in london for murdoch. he was totally in on the hacking for stories. cnn had to be desperate to hire him.
Posted by: walter | Mar 4, 2012 3:34:41 PM
I tweeted Piers Morgan just now explaining why his comments praising a homophobe is wrong....did you? Maybe you should, so we can see a societal shift in homophobia being the last form of accepted bigotry.
Posted by: Real Talk | Mar 4, 2012 3:37:11 PM
to Real Talk's point - the biggest thing holding us back are those who refuse to Stand Up To Be Counted.
now, i'm not talking young at-risk teens. i'm talking about the grown adults, many of whom troll this site, who continue to give excuses for not coming out. those who are NOT at risk of physical violence, not at risk of being "kicked out by your parents" - those who simply are so vain and selfish that they don't see how we're ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.
from the Gay Republican cowards who say "well, i don't care about gay stuff, i ..uh...i'm voting republican because i...uh...small government!..uh...state's rights!...uh...nevermind"
and yeah, we're a minority group that is NOT feared. nobody is scared of upsetting the gays. nobody is scared of walking through a Gay Village with an anti-gay attitude.
we also get cowardly-straights who are of no help when they say things like "well, i don't agree with Santorum's views, but i'm gonna vote for him anyway"
congrats, you're part of the problem. so, you don't "agree" with anti-gay bigotry..but you don't really *mind* it either. is that it? it must be.
the community needs to grow some spine. every one of you who is not Out, fully, is putting an extra weight and burden onto everyone else, and shamefully that weight is being taken by the Youth.
you think you're a big strong masculine man? COME OUT - to everyone. your excuses for not doing so only puts the pressure of the world onto those young kids who can't, or WON'T, "pass for white" in the cowardly way that you're continuing to do so.
it's not selfish to ask people to Come Out - it's selfish for grown adults to continue to give excuses for Staying In.
there is NO SUCH THING as "forcing someone to Come Out" - as those people who pretend that there is are already very content to let others FORCE THEM TO STAY IN.
every day we have the opportunities to change things by putting a Name and Face to "What Gay Is" - we have a responsibility as adults to open the doors for the next generation.
Go back to england piers, where you should be jailed for your 'bravery' as well.
under his logic the most bravest man is indeed david duke...
Posted by: Jose S | Mar 4, 2012 3:48:26 PM
TJ - thanks for using my screen name so well. I just get jealous when you get an "AMEN!" from MY KIWI out of it.
Posted by: TJ | Mar 4, 2012 3:50:23 PM
Sorry, I didn't know TJ was being used on here, I'll find another handle. My names Thomas and I never really cared for it so I always just adopted TJ. lol. and thanks for the compliment. I meant what I said. Every last word, and I wish we as a community would join forces to really stop letting bigotry slide by as our children take their own lives. We need to do it for the next generation of gay kids to live in a peaceful environment. We as adult LGBT owe it to them.