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Adam Smith, Harasser of Chick-Fil-A Employee, Apologizes: VIDEO

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Yesterday, Andy reported on the firing of Adam Smith -- the avowedly, loudly heterosexual Tucson man whose video of himself berating a Chick-fil-A employee went viral this week. It seems Mr. Smith reported to work the day after posting his video and learned that his employer, the medical supply company Vante, had been pelted with hate mail and angry phone messages in the night. Smith was first instructed not to post any further videos, and then he was canned. Having been canned, he was able to post more videos, and did.

AFTER THE JUMP, check out Smith's apparently very heartfelt, post-canning apology to the young minimum-wage employee whom he nearly brought to tears ...

 

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  1. He had every right to do what he did, and did not break a single law, for him to be fired was so incredibly excessive. It just proves that there is a double standard and homophobia reigns supreme in this nation.

    Posted by: Alex | Aug 4, 2012 6:51:45 PM


  2. Can you imagine if a conservative was fired from their job for speaking against a gay supportive company to one of their employees? The conservative media would have a wild storm calling libers and gays the new Nazis who are responsible for making families not be able to provide food for their children.

    Posted by: IonMusic | Aug 4, 2012 6:52:58 PM


  3. I'm glad he apologized. It demonstrates that our side is capable of recognizing when we've done something wrong and that we are willing to reach out to fix it. The lack of self-reflection on the part of anti-gay extremists becomes increasingly glaring.

    Posted by: John | Aug 4, 2012 6:53:18 PM


  4. I'm surprised there's not MORE protest, passion and swift anger over the incredible persecution and judgment gays in this country face. There needs to be MORE vocal expressions, not less.

    Posted by: Dynex | Aug 4, 2012 6:53:42 PM


  5. Ohh please...the man was fired because he supported gays and you know it. We live in a society that is controlled by the CHRISTIAN TALIBAN, who are absolutely no different than the taliban of the middle east. These people want every gay person and gay ally to be eliminated. He's employer is in all likelihood a conservative themselves, and the idea that a conservative would be fired for doing what he did -except instead of speaking up for gays they were to speak against us- is ridiculous. A conservative is entitled in this country to do anything they wish, including protesting the funeral of our dead gay brothers and sisters, and it's championed at them exercising their freedoms.

    Posted by: Art Smith | Aug 4, 2012 6:56:02 PM


  6. I didn't see anything in his original video that would inspire the hate this man has recieved from the homophobes on various blogs. He expressed his points, clearly wasn't hiding anything shady seeing how he recorded the entire incident, didn't harm anyone, threaten anyone, or curse anyone out. I've seen militant behavior at protests against us time & time again. When we react...it's inappropriate.

    Posted by: Cowboy1 | Aug 4, 2012 6:57:45 PM


  7. I have to note something very interesting I've observed by conservative leaning posters on here.

    What this man did in his video at a Chik Fil A is seen as the most rancid display of conduct, by you all.

    The gay kiss in was chalked up as vile, perverse, offensive, insulting and crude, by you all.

    Any rebuttal or response toward homophobia is seen as "over the top" if you observe the comments section on here. Be it a boycott, petition, protest, kiss in, anything other than be complacent and ignoring homophobia is catagorized as militance.

    At a certain point, it becomes rather transparent that the very people who scream loudly for a cake shop owner to be *entitled* to deny service to a gay couple, and make us feel guilty for not going to another cake shop, are the same people who make us feel guilty for having any response to homophobia period.

    You see, for the anti gay individual and gay apologist, there's a sense of entitlement that comes with their homophobia. They sincerely believe they are entitled to be and act homophobic and resent that gays, who were once in their place without tenacity, dare to react.

    Observe the comments on here long enough and everything becomes visible: including agendas.

    Posted by: USC Trojans Fan | Aug 4, 2012 7:03:07 PM


  8. @ USC TRojans Fan
    WELL SAID!
    I've long suspected the very people on here who champion everything anti gay ilk do as "they have the right. just ignore them" are the ones that never ignore us for reacting to homophobia. Ignore homophobia I've decoded as meaning "deal with it"

    Posted by: Scott Johansen | Aug 4, 2012 7:04:39 PM


  9. USC Trojans Fan-
    Right on the money, and so sooo true.

    Posted by: MJ | Aug 4, 2012 7:05:26 PM


  10. I've observed far worse behavior by the anti-gay crew far more times, without any consequences. Heck, I've seen posters on here defend the antics of bigots and ask us to not cirticize or silence them.

    I'm wondering if the level of homophobia in our country is so extreme that we're at a point where being homophobic is seen as an innate privilige.

    Posted by: Kielan | Aug 4, 2012 7:07:27 PM


  11. I applaud this man for taking a stance in support of us, even in a climate that is not very keen on him doing so. He did the right thing and should be so proud of standing with his convictions.

    Posted by: Beauty Critic | Aug 4, 2012 7:08:21 PM


  12. Being for gay and anti gay are not the same thing and this whole idea that being in favor of taking rights away from loving gay couples is simply a "different opinion" is just perpetuating the existence of gay slaves. And yes, gays are the modern day slaves and the system which seeks to penalize and persecute gay families and gay individuals is nothing short of a modern day slave scheme. That we have to pay more taxes for being in gay relationships than heteros is enough to get ME to be up in arms. You push a community of people, in this case, LGBT enough to a corner and they will coming swinging back and I believe that's what will happen.

    Posted by: 2Dads | Aug 4, 2012 7:11:12 PM


  13. Firstly, I don't believe he had anything to apologize for, unless we all have to apologize for taking a stand for what we feel is right.

    Sceondly, imagine a homophobe making a video to apologize to the gay community? ...still imagining it? yeah, because it's just that. Imaginary and will never happen with those bigoted cowards.

    Posted by: StilesJohnson | Aug 4, 2012 7:13:26 PM


  14. Really?

    Where's the apology from the straight community who wore "Free Brandon" bracelets after the straight boy shot a young gay classmate in the head?

    Where's the apology of school districts that continue to enable the bullying of our gay kids because they don't allow them to even say the words "I'm gay" in schools?

    Where's the apology of giving millions of Californians a freedom for the constitutional pursuit of their happiness only to say a few months later "Oh, just kidding. We've decided to take that away from you"


    WHERE IS OUR MOTHER EFFING APOLOGY?!

    Posted by: Charles D. | Aug 4, 2012 7:16:00 PM


  15. @ Charles D.

    AMEN!!!

    Posted by: Dynex | Aug 4, 2012 7:16:21 PM


  16. Meh. No need to apologize for passionately standing on the right side of history.

    There's apologies that need to be made, and it's by the homophobic crew who have eneabled the disenfranchisment of an entire demographic based on hate. That's who really needs to apologize.

    Posted by: TreasureDex | Aug 4, 2012 7:18:05 PM


  17. Where's the apology from Chik Fil A for contributing millions upon millions to organizations that seek to destroy gay people? Now that's an apology I'd want to anticipate.

    Posted by: Stan | Aug 4, 2012 7:19:02 PM


  18. Huh? conservatives on republican blogs put this man home address and phone number. They called his employers to get him fired. They called him and his family evil names. Tolerance? they are playing martyr and accusing gay allies of not being tolerant? Conservatives would have mass genocide for gays in a HEART BEAT if given the chance. Don't you dare speak of tolerance when you funnel billions in campaigns to deny gay people equality while watching them die every day based on your societal homophobia.

    Posted by: Lazerlightbeams | Aug 4, 2012 7:21:35 PM


  19. I'm very encouraged by the overwhelming number of comments supportive of this man. He didn't do anything UN American. In fact, he very much so stood up for American principles that are painfully being overlooked and twisted by a militant group in our society. The religious right has turned itself into a calculating political machine. We should not only be mindful of that, but unapologetically challenge it.

    Posted by: Steve-ATL | Aug 4, 2012 7:23:47 PM


  20. He's a beautiful man with an amazing heart.
    If we had more people like him, we wouldn't have our LGBT youth frightened to wake up and face a hostile world. He's a great soul.

    Posted by: Collins | Aug 4, 2012 7:24:59 PM


  21. This is so incredibly amusing.

    We have conservatives who show up with horns, and "GAY = AIDS" signs in every single LGBT oriented event. We have conservatives protesting gay weddings, gay funerals, and creating hate camoaigns to get LGBT fired from from their jobs in the entertainment industry. We have conservatives who elect politicians who compare gays to pedophiles. And yet they see this man and his behavior as out of line? Who are they to ever call foul on anything? They are a walking offense in and of itself.

    Posted by: Jackson | Aug 4, 2012 7:27:42 PM


  22. Wait, hold up, where's the conservatives when their crowd acts a damn fool EVERY DAY? Where's the conservatives calling out their own when their people say some of the most homophobic evil ishh?
    They are always dead silent. Then all of a sudden they act in hysteria over this?
    CORRECT YOUR OWN FIRST. Y'all conservatives have soooo much evil in your camp that you don't even know where to begin.

    Posted by: Real Talk | Aug 4, 2012 7:29:21 PM


  23. You'll never hear an apology from me, as a very active and vocal and maybe overly passionate fighter for LGBT causes. I'll apologize the day I don't need to fight no more. Until that day comes, you will hear me voice my quest for equality loudly and boldly.

    Posted by: S | Aug 4, 2012 7:30:40 PM


  24. There's a movement in this nation to make gays and our supporters nonchalant toward the extreme homophobia, both societal and legislative, that occurs in our country. They will push off their homophobia as differing opinions, but call you a bully for reacting to it. The ulterior motive is a calculating one to make us silent or fearful to respond to homophobia, all while eventually make us accept it.

    Trust & believe, that is the agenda of the conservatives here. They want to desensitize the gay community toward homophobia. They figure, if enough gay people are told "I can't stand gays, but that's just my opinion" said gays will befriend them and just become desensitized to fighting for their own rights.
    Sadly, it's slightly working.

    Posted by: Breezesailor | Aug 4, 2012 7:35:29 PM


  25. LOL gotta love the hypocrisy of America.

    This man was threatened with his life all over the internet. Fired from his job. Forced to change his number. And make a national and public apology for practicing his first amendment

    Cathy, President of Chik Fil A, said gays will bring the judgment of God and he's guilty of being against them, all while funding millions to help groups that kill gay people abroad, and cause the suicide of gay children through conversion therapy programs. Yet he is celebrated as a national hero who had people standing in line for hours all to pay him more money to do more of the same.

    America: where all men are treated equally. Well, sorta...

    Posted by: LOL | Aug 4, 2012 7:40:03 PM


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