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  1. mike/ says

    i have to agree with Dan on this and my jaw dropped when i heard Robertson say the things about African-Americans, maybe because we are so used to the stale lines they use about lgbtq. the only ones he didn’t offend were WASP’s, their wives & their progeny.

  2. Jerry says

    Once again, Dan Savage nails it. Phil Robertson is the typical white trash southerner who is still trying to whitewash what was a brutal chapter in the history of the South, that must never be forgotten. See “12 Years a Slave” for a glimpse at how Blacks were really treated. Robertson is a foul-mouthed and verbally vicious bigot.

  3. verbocityeric says

    and that’s why damn fool in illinois, ian bayne, who compared phil to Rosa Parks is an even bigger menace.
    for now, at least, phil is only the second most ig-orant man in ‘murica.

  4. Nick says

    Dan is absolutely correct. Umerica doesn’t like to discuss their historic level of ignorance and hate of indigenous and people of color. We are the greatest -ain’t we?
    It is pathetic and very sad legacy of intolerance and misinformation.

  5. q says

    This country has always been transformative. And folks like MLK jr. knew this. Our best, greatest hope is that it continues it’s trajectory forward to a truly better and equal place.

    And its happening; We throw light on cockroaches like Phil, and all the other bugs shake out of the carpet….like Ian Bayne.

    But to say that the country has given a pass on Phil’s vulgar racism isn’t correct.

    It s the MEDIA who have done that; The same media that thought NOTHING of Rush Limbaugh playing “Barrack The Magic Negro” while laughing and spitting doughnut crumbs at his caller screen.

  6. Mike in the Tundra says

    @ Stu – that sounds nice and whiney. Even if it were true (which I doubt), does that make anything he said about African Americans any less offensive?

  7. MARTIN says

    Per Julia Sugarbaker –Alright!! That’s it. You don’t care about history; you just want to sell it. You don’t even sell it honestly. You just want to sell the myth………the myth of the Old South. You all know that myth, don’t ya? Happy darkies singing in the field while Miss Scarlet primps around throwing hissy fits. Well that’s an insult. It isn’t the South. It’s an insult to all the people who lived and died here not so very long ago. We Southerners have had to endure many things. But one thing we Southerners don’t have to endure individuals who decide to voice opinions on TV and then complain about the consequences they face.

  8. crb says

    I could not believe the vile, racist and homophobic remarks tumbling from Robertson’s mouth. All of it was terrible, but the ignorance that he displayed when speaking about the “happy” blacks was painful to hear and it shows how far a very large segment of Americans have NOT come. I was surprised I didn’t hear him ranting about the young bucks harmonizing to “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” while hoisting bales of cotton or while cleaning out whitey’s latrine. Dan is right. This is a real issue we need to address.

  9. 1♥ says

    @STU
    Let me correct that for you, “Most Christians don’t tolerate gay people.” Their color has nothing to do with it.
    Also allow me to add that, “Most Southern Christians don’t tolerate black people.”
    And “Most Homosexual trolls don’t tolerate black people.” This last one is you.

  10. jjose712 says

    You can like him or not, but he is smart.
    Bring the racist part of Phil’s interview to the limelight and see if the nutjobs come to defend him again on his racism as they did with his homophobia.

  11. pete n sfo says

    I thought the same… and then my own racism kicked in. I assumed the gays were getting all the attention because we’re better wired on blogs like this one.

    More likely, black people have been ignoring d-bags like this guy for a long time & this is just one more day.

  12. GeoffreyPS says

    @Fenrox

    Agreed! Jacket has to go. You should never match your jacket and your hair color or you jacket and your couch. Aren’t those rules in the handbook?

    As an aside, I had to explain to a friend’s daughter the “one slutty item” rule. Which is you can wear one slutty item and look edgy (one of: animal print, high heels, metallic fabric, short skirt, or low-cut top). But two or more and you look like you’re for sale. Please spread the word. Some of these kids need help (I’m talking to you Miley Cyrus!).

  13. says

    Well said Q.

    Dan isn’t the first to say this but he is the first one with visibility. MANY right here on this site called out his racism right along with the homo bigotry. But as Q said the major media focused on the anti-gay remarks.

    African Americans couldn’t be targets for their ‘religious liberty’ argument. They didn’t want to come across as racists. But LGBT could because ‘religious liberty’ don’tchaknow. Racism, better not to go there. Bigotry, full steam ahead, just make sure all the media know to call it religious liberty (Megyn Kelly interviewing Jeremy Hooper).

  14. bobbyjoe says

    Finally. A lot of people criticizing Phil Robertson have let their side get away with whining “religious persecution, religious persecution” over and over and over.

    The obvious retort was “what about his racist comments”– which can’t be glossed over by trying to run and hide his bigotry behind the bible. But very few people challenging Phil Robertson brought it up. I found that a very odd– and stupid– strategy. So thanks Dan Savage for finally bringing to the forefront that Phil Robertson isn’t just an anti-gay bigot– he’s an all-around bigot.

  15. jamal49 says

    Dan Savage, you nailed it. Thank you for saying what needed to be said. Phil Robertson’s revisionist racism is on a par with the rest of that Tea Party evangelical effluvia who will tell us that the American Civil War was actually “The War Against Northern Aggression”.

  16. Bill says

    I thought Robertson’s comment about blacks appearing “happy” just showed that he is an idiot. Given his age, he surely heard about those three college students working for the civil rights movement who were murdered in Mississippi – it was national news at the time and triggered an FBI investigation.

    If you stepped out of line by opposing racism at that time, you could be killed for it and you didn’t have to be black to get killed.

  17. Zlick says

    Yeah, I’ve been stressing the insults to blacks ever since this started, because most of the press I’ve seen and heard has been all about the far lesser insult to gays. Hey, I guess that’s progress of sorts – – gay hate is no longer tolerated by the mainstream media. But only the leftie media I usually watch (i.e., MSNBC) has been stressing the black experience, um, whitewash even more than the gay hate. That’s the way I see it, too, and Dan nailed it per usual.

    Either way, I can’t believe the sheer amount and longevity of press this absurd redneck’s bigot-speech has gotten. Very skewed priorities in the media. Well, d’uh.

  18. Derrick from Philly says

    I love Dan Savage, but I have to disagree. Robertson’s comment about blacks was basically correct. I live in Philly and am surrounded by blacks every day. Believe me, they are not complaining. They took over this city.

  19. Richard says

    Wrong, Dan. What that redneck said about blacks was equally offensive, but not more offensive than what he said about gays. His comments about gays were vile. I think the gay community is becoming dangerously inured to the despicable, degrading comments made about us.

  20. Bill says

    @Derrick from Philly @Richard : whether what he said was offensive, rather than ignorant or at least incomplete, depends on how you interpret it. What he said was, ““I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once.” That could be true because the repression was generally kept out of sight to keep up appearances. So, was he merely reporting what he saw or did he mean that there was in fact no problem?

    If you want to get the idea, rent the film “Gentleman’s Agreement,” where Gregory Peck plays a reporter who pretends to be Jewish to cover a story about antisemitism by getting some first hand experience. Nobody physically attacks him or calls him names. But, when he tries to rent a room at a resort, suddenly no rooms are available. It was all very polite and a casual observer would see nothing obviously wrong, but the discrimination was very real and was pervasive. This film was made in 1947, when antisemitism was still prevalent at significant levels in the U.S., but when it was no longer acceptable to use slurs in polite company.

  21. Frank says

    First I highly doubt that was really Derrick from Philly commenting, because no black person would use the term “blacks” to describe being surrounded by black people. Second, I think a lot of people are forgetting about the second part of Phil Roberts comments, where he basically said that all black people nowadays are entitled and on welfare.

  22. NavyMike says

    Dan Savage is so irrelevant. His hatred is as equally vile as those who spew hate on the right. He’s lowered himself to their level and yet we wonder why the divide between TWO hating entities (Progressives and Conservatives). Waaaah!

  23. Bill says

    @Frank : people aren’t forgetting about those statements but rather didn’t know about them. I didn’t, mainly because I “timed out” pretty quickly
    and didn’t want to waste my time listening to everything that Robertson bozo had to say.

  24. James says

    Dan Savage is just bring up racism because GLAAD is getting so much crap for this guys suspension.He wont be fire and will be back on that that show. Dan Savage is not friend to black people any.

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