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Veterans Group Calls on Marine Corps to Cut Ties with UFC Over Homophobia, Misogyny, Hate Speech

The Veterans Committee of UNITE HERE, a union representing 250,000 workers in the hotel, food service and restaurant, textile, industrial laundry, and gaming industries in North America, will deliver 5,000 signed petitions to the Commandant of the Marine Corps in Washington D.C., as well as to Marine Corps recruiting stations in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Phoenix, San Diego and Washington, D.C. on Thursday, asking for the Marine Corps to cut all ties with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the group says in a press release.

BispingThe veteran activists also will voice their support for a bipartisan amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act (H.R. 5856) that would ban military spending on professional sports. The proposed ban – the “UFC Amendment” -- would prohibit the use of taxpayer money to sponsor the UFC and other pro sports organizations. The Marine Corps has spent more than $2 million sponsoring the UFC, the nation’s largest promoter of cage fighting events. The UFC is an organization that has tolerated people associated with it making jokes about rape, homophobic slurs and sexually explicit remarks that are demeaning towards women.

Taxpayer money should not be used to support homophobia, misogyny and hate speech, in any form. Through its sponsorship of the UFC, the Marine Corps has trivialized service to our country by juxtaposing images of Marines fighting for our country with the spectacle of cage fighting.

The group has also released a video compilation of hate speech in the UFC.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. The PC Police have struck again. UFC cannot control what all of its fighters say or do all the time, although they have made efforts to rein in any blatant abusers.

    Posted by: patrick | Jul 12, 2012 10:21:50 AM


    Part of the reason UFC is so successful is it's un-P.C.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 12, 2012 10:24:45 AM


    Part of the reason UFC is so successful is it's un-P.C"

    Yep, just like the Republcian Party...until November 2012.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jul 12, 2012 10:34:11 AM

  4. This group was present at our Pride Fest in San Antonio. However, when asked about the effort and why UNITE HERE was involved, none of the people representing the group could really give good reasons or what this was really about. I'm all for fighting homophobia but when a group can't even connect the dots I have to question the motives by the group. Why is a service labor group protesting the Marine Corps for any affiliation with the UFC? It makes the group look foolish in their scope, goals, and objectives.

    Posted by: RBearSAT | Jul 12, 2012 10:43:54 AM

  5. Animals

    Posted by: rick scatorum | Jul 12, 2012 10:45:47 AM

  6. @RBEARSAT Because it's not just a service labor group. It's a "veteran's committee."

    Posted by: BenR | Jul 12, 2012 11:43:29 AM

  7. @Patrick Not only that, but gay men are among the biggest fans of the UFC, turned on as always by the very hyper-masculinity that they claim to abhor. And this is a perfect example of that perpetual contradiction.

    Not a shred of doubt in my mind that many of the gay men who would complain about the use of homophobic slurs would also get off on blowing one of these guys while being called the "F" word by him, along the lines of....."S.... my d....., you f'in faggot!

    Oh, well.....

    Posted by: Rick | Jul 12, 2012 12:17:57 PM

  8. In April 2009 White used the word "faggot" while railing against a reporter. He subsequently apologized for his use of homophobic language.

    "If you guys look at all the stuff that I've said over the last 10 years -- some of it stupid, some of it whatever -- that's the one that bothers me," White said Thursday. "That's the only one that bothers me -- the fact that these losers from the Culinary Union can go out and say that I'm a homophobe and things like that -- because it's the furthest thing from the truth."

    USA Today notes that the Culinary Union wants to work with "Station Casions, a gambling company owned by the Fertitta brothers, who also own most of UFC parent Zuffa." Station Casino employees do not belong to the Union and to "pressure the Fertittas, the union for years has been criticizing their other businesses, most notably UFC."

    Local 226 isn't just going after White. They're also pointing to comments from two-time champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira who said he wouldn't train with a gay fighter.

    Responding to those criticisms, White said:

    "But you're going to have guys like Nogueira who come from Brazil, who's got that macho, Latino -- doesn't want to roll with a gay guy. People are going to say stuff like this...We're all human beings. We all make mistakes sometimes. It doesn't mean that the UFC is bad and we're unfit for children and all this other stuff.
    ...So I don't like playing all that (baloney). I just don't do it, give a (crap) what the Culinary Union has to say or anybody else that wants to come out and says negative things about us. Because anybody that's been around the sport long enough knows it's not true."

    This isn't the first time White has shown support for gay fighters. In 2009 he said:

    "Any guy involved in grappling is the furthest thing from homophobic in the world. I honestly think it would have no impact whatsoever with not only our fighters or our fan base. The guys in the UFC, everybody is so cool, it's great sportsmanship, everybody has respect for each other. I honestly, it wouldn't be a big deal to me and most of the guys I know in this sport, it wouldn't be a big deal for them either."

    ..full article here from 10/28/11

    Posted by: Kevin | Jul 12, 2012 1:09:50 PM

  9. @Rick | Jul 12, 2012 12:17:57 PM

    "Not only that, but gay men are among the biggest fans of the UFC"
    -REALLY, I am gay and know quite a few gay men due to the job that I have and the sports that I play, not one of us has ever said that they were a big fan or lusted after anyone in the UFC, none of us talk about the UFC that I know of. Sadly enough they talk about GLEE, ugh!

    "turned on as always by the very hyper-masculinity that they claim to abhor."
    -REALLY, this is what we are all about huh, just looking to tassle with that big cop or whatever, look at gay porn these days, it is mostly 18 to 25 year old toned yet skinny men, I would suppose if it were the hyper-masculinity we were going for then we got that image wrong as well, but the twinks do sell lots of porn, guess we need to work on that.

    "Not a shred of doubt in my mind that many of the gay men who would complain about the use of homophobic slurs would also get off on blowing one of these guys while being called the "F" word by him, along the lines of....."S.... my d....., you f'in faggot!"
    -THIS, I can somewhat try to agree with, some people have fetishes and this could be one of them. However, in my conversations with gay men it seems that gay men really don't want to be degraded or beaten up, so, once again, not something most gay men go looking for.

    "Oh, well....."

    Posted by: Dave | Jul 12, 2012 2:28:00 PM

  10. And what you do you expect from these muscle clowns?!

    Posted by: jaragon | Jul 12, 2012 5:58:17 PM

  11. UFC is a homophobic establishment that ALL 30 million gays, lesbians, transgenders and bisexuals in this country must work to boycott and speak against. They've proven they are NOT on our side...we now need to work to prove we don't support their brand of homophobia. They are a "sport" full of uneducated bigots branding their homophobia.

    Posted by: USC Trojan Fan | Jul 12, 2012 8:50:51 PM

  12. As a gay man and a UFC fan, is it wrong for me to have found that clip hilarious?

    Rampage Jackson especially has great comic sense; not necessarily politically correct, but many comics aren't.

    I agree there should be more publicly out UFC fighters but I don't think the UFC is to blame if this isn't the case. Gay UFC fighters just need to be a bit more independent and be out and proud instead of weak followers who are scared to actually be strong enough to stand up for who they are.

    Posted by: UFC fan | Jul 13, 2012 4:02:54 AM

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