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Conservative Pundit Ben Shapiro: If You Think Jason Collins is a Big Deal, You Hate America - VIDEO


Earlier this week, Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro tweeted "So Jason Collins is a hero because he's gay? Out standard for heroism has dropped quite a bit since Normandy."

Piers Morgan asked him about the remarks on his show last night, and Shapiro replied:

"Let me ask you something. Why do you hate America so much that you think this is such a homophobic country that when Jason Collins comes out it is the biggest deal in the history of humanity? President Obama has to personally call him to congratulate him."

Answers Morgan: "I think you might be homophobic simply because you said, why is Jason Collins a hero because he's gay? Why sneer at a guy for coming out when he's being courageous?"

Says Shapiro: "I'm Jewish. I wear a yarmulke on TV. There's a lot of anti-semitism...Being who you are in 2013 in America is what America is about. It is not heroic to be who you are publicly. I'm glad for Jason Collins if he feels that he's going to live a happier life now. But it does not make you a hero to be who you are."


(via tncrm)

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  1. "But it [should] not make you a hero to be who you are."

    If he said this, he would hold more credibility. The reality is that it does make you a hero when you are the first to do so within a culture that sadly looks down upon it (such as the sports culture).

    Posted by: Alan E. | May 3, 2013 6:36:59 PM

  2. Why do they give this idiot air time? Piers needs to look around for better guests.

    Posted by: Howard | May 3, 2013 6:37:56 PM

  3. What a little toad Shapiro is....

    Posted by: Randy | May 3, 2013 6:38:58 PM

  4. It makes you a hero to be who you are if no one in your field of endeavor has not done it before you and you're serving as a role model for a young gay kid who now might have the courage to be him or herself. Perhaps Ben is just p.o.'d that we Jews had Jackie Mason and Rabbi Shmuley on TV wearing yalmulkes before he came along. Or perhaps he's condescending, self-promoting and irrelevant to the conversation.

    Posted by: notesfromachair | May 3, 2013 6:40:12 PM

  5. Shapiro is a whining little sh!thead.

    Posted by: Gigi | May 3, 2013 6:41:22 PM

  6. It pains me to admit that I agree, mostly. The response to JC's coming out has more to do with American obsessions with sports and celebrity than with much else. Like the privileging of marriage equality over ending discrimination against sexual minorities in employment, which would benefit many more people, the attention given to high profile celebrities admitting to being gay makes it seem like something bigger is accomplished than is true in fact. Recognition of our presence everywhere is a good thing in itself.

    Posted by: gregorybrown | May 3, 2013 6:41:34 PM

  7. One difference between being gay and being Jewish is that Jews are allowed to get married to each other.

    Besides, Shapiro seems to forget the time, not so long ago, when Jews used to change their names and abandon their religion to hide their Jewish identities. What made that stop? Jews claiming their identities in public ways.

    Posted by: Clayton | May 3, 2013 6:44:32 PM

  8. Isn't this the guy who went on a crazy rant about John Lennons 'imagine'?

    Posted by: Chris | May 3, 2013 6:51:39 PM

  9. Ben Shapiro is Nazi wannabe who hates America. Disgusting parasite.

    Posted by: RMc | May 3, 2013 6:53:28 PM

  10. Why does this funny-hat moron get on TV?

    Is he somebody?

    Looks like an idiot.

    Posted by: Randy | May 3, 2013 6:53:29 PM

  11. @Clayton:

    Your comment really struck a chord with me because my great-grandparents did exactly that. They immigrated to the U.S., changed their names and became Protestants. It's always made me mad that they hid our Jewish ancestry and weren't strong enough to just come here and be JEWS and be OK with it.


    You are correct in one aspect, Americans worship at the holy sepulchre of sports more than any religion. Collins' committed heresy when he dared to come out and now they're wringing their hands over it. They're trying to crucify him but the cross doesn't quite fit and they're mad about it.

    Shapiro is a weasel, plain and simple.

    Posted by: johnny | May 3, 2013 6:54:15 PM

  12. A weasel is putting it mildly.

    Shapiro first made a name for himself among the neo-fascists ("Conservative" doesn't really apply to them) by loudly trumpeting that he was a virgin and saving it until marriage. For this HE expected to be hailed a hero. Now he's married with kids

    and obviously gay.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | May 3, 2013 7:00:21 PM

  13. Being true to who you are?

    Am I the only one who thinks this guy looks like a big Nelly bossy bottom?

    Posted by: Michael | May 3, 2013 7:01:26 PM

  14. If Mr. Shapiro were trying to say that too much fuss is being made about one person coming out of the closet he might have had a point. But whenever a conservative accuses liberals of "hating America" it usually means he knows his argument is a weak one and wants to switch the topic.

    An ordinary person coming out as gay is not as big a deal as it once was. But a professional athlete in a sport that is normally considered the province of "macho" type guys (i.e. men who are also likely to be homphobic)? That's different. It's possible to think too much fuss is being made about Mr. Collins without dismissing the advances he's making against homophobia in sports. I'm taking a middle-ground position here.

    And that said, being Jewish in America is not nearly as difficult as being gay in America. We have completely stigmatized anti-semitism (not that this means anti-Jewish feeling is dead completely) and are only on our way toward completely stigmatizing homophobia.

    Gays 1, Millenial Conservative semi-homophobes, 0

    Posted by: Mary | May 3, 2013 7:03:27 PM

  15. @Clayton

    You hit the nail on the head, brother! Shapiro would be wise to take a look back at his own folks' history and maybe, MAYBE then he would begin to understand our side of it.

    Isn't it tedious that we SO OFTEN have to find something for other people, in their own narrative, that spells out to them in what way the could possibly relate to us, in order for them to actually BE WILLING TO RELATE to us? Gah!

    Posted by: El | May 3, 2013 7:07:33 PM

  16. "per capita there are as many jews killed in anti-semitic attacks in this country as there are hate crimes against gays"

    what country does Shapiro live in?

    Posted by: Arrant | May 3, 2013 7:09:05 PM

  17. *in what way [they] could possibly relate to us

    Posted by: El | May 3, 2013 7:12:50 PM

  18. Read the flowing hate... this reaction sums up the opposition to any opposing view. Redneck fags. How sad.

    Posted by: Jake | May 3, 2013 7:22:05 PM

  19. Must admit, I did not listen to it. Just the expression of fear on this man's face if enough to wake the dead. I often wonder why certain people have such a need to control the minds and lives of others. Instead of living the best, most loving life he can, he chooses to force others to live their lives according to his dictates. Hitler and other historical tyrants started out much like this. Sad, I think, to be this young, misguided man.

    Posted by: s. | May 3, 2013 7:22:10 PM

  20. Links to said anti-Semitic attacks, please.

    Yeah, that's what I thought.

    Posted by: Caliban | May 3, 2013 7:46:18 PM

  21. I think Collins is a fantastic role model but I'm not sure I would use the word hero.

    Posted by: LJC | May 3, 2013 7:48:13 PM

  22. Power bottom--no. That would require owning up to what you really want to do and then doing it; this sissy is too much of a 'fraidy-cat to do that. Hence the spewing of such hateful words--no doubt intended to distract people from noticing that he's just a big Nell.

    He thinks by wearing a yarmulke that people will mistake him for straight. There are no gay Jews--wait.

    Posted by: kdknyc | May 3, 2013 7:50:45 PM

  23. These must be the "heroes" Shapiro wants to honor (or are they just twits?.
    -- "Yous a dead f****t talkn on tv Boy."
    -- "Listening to Jason Collins describe his gayness as 'beautiful' makes me wanna puke. And kill him."
    -- "Jason collins comes out the closet! Kill that biiitttchhhh!!!"
    -- "First jason collins say he gay.. Now he on espn w lipgloss on kill him now !!!"
    -- "Jason Collins should get the death penalty lol how u a 7 foot gay dude lol the west is crazy smh"


    Posted by: Hue-Man | May 3, 2013 7:54:25 PM

  24. For some reason I read his quote in Steve Newlands voice from True Blood, he reminds me of him so much. lol

    Posted by: Yaoi | May 3, 2013 7:54:36 PM

  25. s.: Don't drag Hitler into your defense. How do you know how Hitler "started out?." Give me a break. Hitler murdered 6 million Jews and many gays. Your face reading techniques are failing you. I'm sure your face would show that your "loving life" theory to be equally dictatorial.

    Posted by: Jake | May 3, 2013 7:56:56 PM

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