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14-Year-Old Anti-Gay Radio Pundit Pulled From The Air

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Last week Andy wrote about Caiden Cowger, a deeply religious 14-year-old author internet talk-radio host, whose on-air anti-gay rant went suddenly viral. In the rant, Cowger said:

I see younger people that is turning out to be homosexuals...we've got about 30 teenagers in this county that I'm at that are homosexuals and it is sickening...I knew these teenagers when they were in elementary school...they were not homosexuals. They just decided all of a sudden - I think I'm going to be gay. Why they are becoming homosexuals is because they are being encouraged ... [by] President Obama. It's all right, it's okay you were born that way.

There was a lot more, and it was all tragic for a lot of reasons. Because of the grammar; because of the absence of critical thought; because this plainly immature and unformed 14-year-old's youthful idiocies had, by the gross democracy of the internet, been placed permanently in public view, doomed to follow him through life no matter how much he evolved or came to regret his adolescent wrong-headedness.

Well -- the service hosting Caiden Cowger's program, Speaker, has belatedly tried to rectify the latter problem. The Advocate reports they've taken away Cowger's show:

This follows after YouTube also appeared to remove the show from its site, although its resurfaced elsewhere on the site and opponents have started a red-flagging campaign.

“While we not only support free speech, we help it find its way to more people faster and easier with our service that is the audio equivalent of YouTube, but like them, we cannot and will not condone hate speech," said Spreaker CEO Francesco Baschieri in a statement. "Consequently, we have pulled down audio content from Caiden Cowgar, whose recent gay-bashing clearly crosses the line from free — to hate — speech."

While Cowger's shows have been removed from Speaker, his account with the service remains active. On Friday, he posted a brief statement asserting that he doesn't hate gay people. Speaker reports it may restore some of Cowger's past episodes to the internet once their content has been vetted.

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  1. Oh good golly, what a shame.

    Corporate America is reading the writing on the wall. Finally.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jun 10, 2012 1:48:40 PM


  2. This kid appears to be emulating Rush Limbaugh. Just watch him and you'll see what I mean. Sad.

    Posted by: fsinsd | Jun 10, 2012 1:52:21 PM


  3. Just gotta say...."Hank-ya-jaesus"!!

    Posted by: Paul B. | Jun 10, 2012 1:57:04 PM


  4. I'm grateful that things I said when I was 14 years old are not out there for the world to see.

    Posted by: Tallulah | Jun 10, 2012 2:01:49 PM


  5. I'm grateful that things I said when I was 14 years old are not out there for the world to see.

    Posted by: Tallulah | Jun 10, 2012 2:01:51 PM


  6. It's ironic that "we" adults would be willing to cut this child some slack, taking into context his immaturity and his upbringing, if it weren't for all his adult "supporters" pushing him out there as a wise soul.

    Posted by: Al | Jun 10, 2012 2:21:32 PM


  7. Look for young Mr. Cowgar to become a guest on Rush Limbaugh's show as well as Sean Hannity's, Bill O'Reilly's and Fox & Friends. You know, to show how big of bullies we gays and our straight allies are (not).

    Posted by: Phoenix Justice | Jun 10, 2012 2:25:11 PM


  8. So he doesn't hate gays. I would like to ask him for an example of what he would say if he DID hate gays and how that is different from what he said on air. Then explain the difference.

    In my book, saying that gays disgust you is pretty much the definition of hate. But in the world of Rush Limbaugh, I understand that words take on a different meaning.

    Posted by: Randy | Jun 10, 2012 2:48:18 PM


  9. Can we change, "deeply religious" to "brainwashed"? For that is truly what this situation is; the poor boy just isn't able to think for himself.

    Posted by: tc in bk | Jun 10, 2012 2:56:04 PM


  10. Won't be long till we learn that this pathetic closet case has been molested for a period of time by someone in his church - a pastor, perhaps. And I will feel no pity. Poor little Caiden Cowgirl.

    Posted by: Tessie Tura | Jun 10, 2012 3:30:34 PM


  11. Won't be long till we learn that this pathetic closet case has been molested for a period of time by someone in his church - a pastor, perhaps. And I will feel no pity. Poor little Caiden Cowgirl.

    Posted by: Tessie Tura | Jun 10, 2012 3:30:35 PM


  12. He emulates Rush, stole his logo from Glen Beck and apparently only owns one shirt.

    Posted by: John M | Jun 10, 2012 3:38:25 PM


  13. One suspects that he is being strongly instructed by his parents, his minister, and others around him, in his homophobic rants. I'd feel better about our own response (as a community), if some responding didn't attack him personally. At the end of the day, this is still a child who may be dealing with his own personal shame. He seems personally threatened by peers who have outed themselves.

    West Virginia has a special dislike of Obama. Democrats gave some 30% of the Democratic nomination vote to a convicted criminal in their recent primary.

    Posted by: My2cents | Jun 10, 2012 3:46:32 PM


  14. parents who raise their children to be like this little @ss-wipe do their children a massive disservice. congrats, mom and dad, you just ensured that your child will be tagged as a bigot for the rest of his life.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 10, 2012 3:51:05 PM


  15. This is obviously a troubled young man. Any "normal" teenaged boy is all about sports and girls. His obsession with homosexuality shows where his troubles lie. All of you on the left and right who use this young man for ideological purposes should hang your heads in shame.

    Posted by: andrew | Jun 10, 2012 4:02:51 PM


  16. What's with this "All of you on the left and right" crap? The kid's parents made him what he is today -- and they sure as hell aren't left-wingers!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jun 10, 2012 6:00:24 PM


  17. I love the ACLU. I love free speech. I wonder, now that corporate America is condemning hate speech, how long will it be before hate speech is no longer seen to be protected by the Constitution? I disagree strongly with what this young man has to say, but I would defend to the death his right not only to say it but to be heard.
    He only helped us by looking extreme. He discredited that viewpoint.

    Posted by: NullNaught | Jun 10, 2012 6:01:56 PM


  18. I never understand how these companies that host speakers of hate fail to understand the first amendment and the concept of "free speech". Removing this kid from their roster (or Imus, or any others who should be removed from a sponsored forum) doesn't infringe on his first amendment rights or impede his freedom to speak. It only deprives him of an audience that the company connects him to, by the grace of their advertisers. He's free to "speak" anything he likes in public forums, and, with the vast accessibility of the internet and email, and with street corners on which to rave, his opportunity to reach lots of people with his ideas still exists, and the government (and I) will defend his right to spout whatever crap he feels like spouting. Hosting bigots is just not always good business, and that's a decision they and their shareholders can make without infringing on anyone's rights.

    Posted by: michaelofthegreen | Jun 10, 2012 6:13:09 PM


  19. There ARE limits to speech. This kid was spouting pure hate.It's too bad he's been brainwashed to think the way he does, but maybe this will be a wake-up call for him.

    Posted by: russ | Jun 10, 2012 7:09:12 PM


  20. He is almost certainly a deranged little closet case...but things like this worry me because it makes him seem like a martyr for right-wing "free speech." He'll probably find some other outlet for his crap and become even more popular than he was.

    Posted by: St. Theresa of Avila | Jun 10, 2012 7:37:28 PM


  21. This young man is a genius and thank you to the blog for introducing me to him, I need search out his website and join immediately.

    The homosexual agenda is a minority of people who want society to consider them as a special group based solely on the fact that they like to perform sodomy on members of the same gender. It didn't work when men wanted to marry multiple wives or when people wanted to marry children or animals and yes it is the same thing. You may think your two consenting adults when in fact your two people who are deviates from what is normal for society to function.

    Posted by: Michael Lederman | Jun 10, 2012 7:45:53 PM


  22. No, there are NOT limits to free speech. This is a perfect case to be taken up by the ACLU. Do I like anything about what he says? Hell, no. That's not the point.

    Posted by: Pygar | Jun 10, 2012 7:56:55 PM


  23. @Nullnaught: He is guaranteed free speech, he can say whatever he wants. However, he is NOT guaranteed to have that soapbox he preaches from be provided by a private company.

    Posted by: OK | Jun 10, 2012 7:59:59 PM


  24. @PYGAR free speech does not mean you are free from the consequences of what you say. BTW there are limits on free speech: you can't yell fire in a crowded theater is just one example.

    Posted by: OK | Jun 10, 2012 8:04:35 PM


  25. @Michael..."You may think your two consenting adults when in fact your two people who are deviates from what is normal for society to function".
    Check the spelling dear...it's... " you're two consenting adults".
    We'll do our best to correct your grammar while your here Michael. Now put your cousin back in her crib and wipe your fingers off, it's dinner time.

    Posted by: Paul B. | Jun 10, 2012 8:10:01 PM


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