1. Bakeley says

    You’re all class, Artie. Way to encourage everyone to be who they are. In that spirit, I fully support you as you embrace your identity as a Web troll.

  2. says

    Where’s your video, Artie, to show how butch you are?

    He’s an out guy where it’s not easy being out, pretty much the definition of manhood in my book. Good for him for speaking out and for his family for standing by him–classier than many.

  3. Caliban says

    His video is fine. He isn’t asking for your approval.

    But Alana’s statement? It’s great that she loves her uncle, her family supports him, etc. but I do NOT like this “poodle” business. Lee Thompson is an individual and if he’s a little on the effeminate side that’s his business, who he is, and I don’t have a problem with that. But that’s entirely different from referring to ALL gay men as poodles. If that gets picked up by others I’m going to be p*ssed because it’s just another gay stereotype.

  4. says

    “super femme-y”? Not even close. You obviously haven’t been to the South, Artie, where probably a third of the straight men are like that.

    You know the game “Gay or English”? It used to be “Gay or Southern” but it was too hard so they had to change it.

  5. Harrison says

    I’m a Yankee transplanted into the Deep South. I came here with my share of prejudices. Some of them were borne out, but most of them were inaccurate, as prejudices are wont to be. Lee is beautiful and strong. He might have saved a child’s life with his message. What have you accomplished today?

  6. Eric says

    “How sad that we rely on TV personalities for out shout-outs. What on earth have we come to?”

    @Jason Most minorities, which we are, anywhere in the world “rely” on TV personalities for shout-outs. As for “what have we come to”? Speaking as someone that’s almost 50 years old, I think we’ve come a hell of a long way, at least in the US. I’m sorry you feel so much contempt and cynicism.

  7. bruce says

    Out of the mouths of redneck babes comes wisdom that many who lead this land haven’t gained over their long years. Can I just say I love Honey Boo Boo? Sometimes it’s like watching a train wreck, but other times you get some priceless lines. I, personally, have nothing against her calling all gays “poodles.” In fact, I intend to start using it myself.

  8. UFFDA says

    I don’t find Uncle Poodle necessarily femmy at all. I find him necessarily loveable. Imagine surviving his childhood! Dislocated arms, broken jaw etc. What a nightmare. Can any amount of voting or education or protestation ever put an end to it? I was raised in the Northwest and never in my life saw anything like the mistreatments I read about here and in the usual media.

  9. MaddM@ says

    what have we come to? We’ve come to a point where someone on television or another type of mass media will speak about gay issues in a positive sense instead of being silent/invisible or extremely negative.

    And please give me a break- we have someone giving a kindhearted display of affection and acceptance (not tolerance, acceptance) and people get hung up on the “poodle” thing. I’m going to assume these opinions come from younger people in more accepting areas that don’t have real gay problems to deal with or have dealt with in the past.

    Watch a movie or read a book about life pre-stonewall and you’ll realize that endorsements from reality TV personalities and getting called a poodle is really negligible in comparison. Don’t be so ignorant

  10. AngelaChanning says

    It is somewhat ironic that Honey Boo Boo’s family is probably the least judgmental, while they are judged so harshly by others. The Uncle Poodle nickname is a term of endearment, and probably meant to take ownership of an otherwise insulting term. My mother used to call gay men “enchanted” because they thought the word gay was derogatory.

  11. Don says

    Whether this guy is femme or not is completely beside the point. The fact that you all are debating the issue just underscores how much internalized homophobia is still out there in the world. He is who he is, mannerisms and all, and to label him as being “femme”, to defend him by saying “no he’s not”, and to attack the labelers by implying they’re probably not so butch themselves, are all equally discordant with the whole objective of Spirit Day. As far as her calling him “Uncle Poodle” goes, I have to say I didn’t like it at first, but it’s obvious from her post on Spirit Day that there’s absolutely no malice behind it, only love, and it has to be taken in that spirit. I love this family.

  12. Chadd says

    Honey just proves that kids are not born prejudice. They are raised to be a bigot or raised to embrace everyone. Kudos to Honey’s parents and Cheers to her Uncle for being out in a small town with a church on every corner.

  13. Mark says

    Whatever lee Thompson sounds like, looks like or acts like is irrelevant to the message he is helping to spread; one of tolerance and acceptance. If he can’t get that from other gay people, how can we expect it from the rest of the world?

    And from an earlier post – The term “poodle” comes from HBB’s pageant coach.

    “We were at practice one day, getting ready for a pageant. Her coach was talking about her gay friends, and she said, ‘I love all my poodles.’ Alana thought she was really talking about dogs. She wanted to know how many poodles she had, and what were their names,” Thompson said in his sit-down with Topher Payne. “And I said, ‘No, Alana, she’s talking about gay people.’ Well, that did it. All gay people are poodles to her now, and I’m her number one poodle.” Boo Boo would then use the p-word to describe Anderson Cooper, who was at that point about a month away from officially coming out.

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  14. says

    amen, MaddM@!

    there’s a beautiful point that is being lost on many – this family, that is being mocked across the globe, are advanced enough to love their uncle. and put a face to that love.

    no hiding. no shame. love love love.

    so what’s the issue?

    i have two nieces, 4 year old twins, that call me Uncle Rainbow. I think it’s freakin’ adorable.

  15. Chadd says

    Poodles are considered one of the world’s smartest breeds of dogs. Also, Karen Walker used to call Jack McFarland “Poodle” on Will & Grace back in the 90’s. She used it as a term of endearment on the show and I’ve never known it to be used any other way. Honey Boo Boo is super smart for knowing what was on TV 10 years before she was born.

  16. Bob says

    God Bless this youngster for taking a stand for gays in the south where they are still fighting the Civil War and oppressing anybody who does not fit their kind of crazy.

  17. Kevin says

    I was moved by his words. Good for him and shame on anyone who would tear him down for having the courage to record this message.

    I would, however, point out that “the South” is not a monolithic concept except to people on the outside. It’s very different whether you’re talking about the cities or the rural areas. (This is true of anywhere in America, it’s just that the South is predominately rural.) Cities like Atlanta, New Orleans, and Nashville are progressive and tolerant, and gay people are visible and welcomed there.

    Please now don’t trot out your anecdotes to contradict this. Homophobia exists everywhere.

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