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4 Oregon Students Respond to Anti-Bullying Day at School with 'Gay is Not Ok' T-Shirts: VIDEO


Friday was the national student anti-bullying "Day of Silence" in which students took a vow of silence to raise awareness about bullying. Four students in Oregon City, Oregon decided to respond with their own protest:

They wore T-shirts to school that said, "Gay Is Not Ok" and "Gay Day Is Not OK," which is a reference to Day of Silence. They sought out a KATU reporter to be interviewed.

Said one student: I don't have a big problem with gay people. It's just when they start parading around the school about how 'we have a day of silence for gays, lesbians, transvestites'. It's like, we don't have a straight day."

Watch KATU's interview with the students, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. Every day is 'straight day.'

    Posted by: sjorgl | Apr 13, 2014 3:23:07 PM

  2. let them. they will grow up either to be embarrassed by their display, or be gay themselves.

    Posted by: bandanajack | Apr 13, 2014 3:33:06 PM

  3. Nevermind. These kids have obviously been brainwashed by their parents. When they get older and wiser and out in the world, they'll change their mind and become more accepting.

    Posted by: David From Canada | Apr 13, 2014 3:33:17 PM

  4. How sad! These poor, pathetic children have obviously been taught such bigotry and intolerance from parents. I hope their lives are not permanently blighted and that they will one day escape from their terrible upbringing.

    Posted by: Kit | Apr 13, 2014 3:37:16 PM

  5. They 'don't have a problem' with gay students? Why not have the shirts read "How About a Straight Day of Silence?" instead of something blatantly bigoted? BTW, these kids spent their own allowance and placed an order at the T-shirt shop without Mommy and Daddy's help? Not bloody likely. About as likely as a kid using the phrase "paraded" without having heard it at home first. Hatred is taught early, but maybe it's not too late for Johnny Doe to get a clue.

    Posted by: Josh M. | Apr 13, 2014 3:38:21 PM

  6. Free speech and all that. Obviously, they're evangelical scum, being raised by fundamentalist filth. They're in the minority and are low-rent attention-seekers making a statement that no longer resonates with anyone but their own narrow-minded group of christian reprobates. F*ck 'em.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Apr 13, 2014 3:51:42 PM

  7. The simple reality that EVERY day is Straight Day is lost on this ignorant little tool.

    Posted by: CKNJ | Apr 13, 2014 3:58:10 PM

  8. Uhh...these children are in need of an education.

    Posted by: DANSWON | Apr 13, 2014 4:06:37 PM

  9. I think the student council rep who spoke did pretty well responding to this.

    One thing that bothered me about the narritave of the reporting and discussion is that it wasn't just a five word message. It was a FOUR word message "gay is not ok" as seen on one of the 4 t-shirts with a cross proudly displayed underneath. The t-shirts with the five word message had the four word message embedded; the word "day" was red and the words "gay is not ok" were in black. It bothered me becaue the five word message was more specific (an activity) and the four word message was more general (an entire class of people); I'm sure we all see this.

    The anti-gay kids are clearly homophobic and their "I don't have a problem with gay people" is just a soundbite they picked up from their homophobic leaders (parents, priests, whomever), and has absolutely no meaning whatever other than to serve as a red flag.

    At least they have identified themselves to their peers and their community. It seems they received enough support that they do not regret their decision. That's a shame.

    "Why no straight day" has been thoroughly deconstructed. In a way I pity their ignorance. In another way I hate them because I see them as the upcoming tony perkins et al.

    Their use of the word 'parade' was just precious.

    Posted by: ImNotYourMama | Apr 13, 2014 4:07:56 PM

  10. welcome to the digital age, boys. this will haunt you forever, and exist online forever, long after you perish.

    it will be referenced by people you know, girls you ever try to date, employers, classmates in university (not that they're likely to ever attend one....) this will follow them for the rest of their lives.

    heck, it may even been see by their own children one day.

    heads up, boys. when you're older you may come home from work one day to find one of your children hanging by a noose in his bedroom. careful with the hate you promote.

    their parents should be ashamed. may they become the pariahs they deserve to be seen as.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 13, 2014 4:15:09 PM

  11. Dang, had I known that, I would've made more of a thing about it where I was teaching--as it was, I had a kid who actually used the phrase "That's gay as AIDS" in class, and he thought it wasn't a big deal. And that, folks, is why we still have (and need) a Day Of Silence.

    Posted by: Dback | Apr 13, 2014 4:40:19 PM

  12. little closeted fags

    Posted by: litper | Apr 13, 2014 4:42:23 PM

  13. little closeted f@gs

    Posted by: litper | Apr 13, 2014 4:42:37 PM

  14. "I'm not racist. I just don't like black people."

    Posted by: Chrislam | Apr 13, 2014 4:46:52 PM

  15. wait a sec, when did oregon relocate to the deep south?

    next time a comment is thrown out about ignorance and bigotry in the south, i'm linking to this thread as a reminder that hatred doesn't have borders. they will be be ashamed, if not now, check back in a few years.

    Posted by: northalabama | Apr 13, 2014 4:47:43 PM

  16. @NorthAlabama -- The difference is that in Oregon it's four anti-gay students versus hundreds of pro-gay students, while in the South it would be reversed.

    Posted by: Merv | Apr 13, 2014 4:54:57 PM

  17. NorthAlabama, I understand what you're trying to say, that bigotry can be found anywhere. However, here's the big difference between Oregon and the deep south. They have 4 kids in Oregon City parading around with these shirts. Meanwhile, Mississippi just enacted a statewide law that allows businesses to discriminate against people in the LGBT community.

    Posted by: RJ | Apr 13, 2014 5:01:32 PM

  18. @northalabama - While this is a little surprising -- since it's Oregon City, which is still within the Portland MSA -- once you get outside that area or the college town of Eugene, OR, one can find all kinds of homophobia in Oregon. On the other side of the Cascades, Oregon is basically a red state and could easily be called Western Idaho. In some of those eastern counties, Romney got 76% of the vote in 2012. - jmho

    Posted by: Retro | Apr 13, 2014 5:06:03 PM

  19. Dude, NorthAlabama, you really have a chip on your shoulder.

    Posted by: Mikey | Apr 13, 2014 5:07:06 PM

  20. I have little tolerance for dumb f*cks. Oh and by the way, someone should tell him that his hat is on backwards (sorta like the way he thinks).

    Posted by: Jimmy | Apr 13, 2014 5:09:13 PM

  21. I wish I could come up with snappy responses like Anderson Cooper and Ellen Page, but alas.....The idea of a straight day is INNANE... given that every day is straight day and if someone doesn't get that, it is on them

    Posted by: Bernie | Apr 13, 2014 5:42:52 PM

  22. I sent an e-mail to the school commending the Unity Week supporters, particularly Jason. I know these kids are on the correct side of things, as do they. Kind of related: recently the Westboro goons were chased out of town when they demonstrated in Oklahoma. Some pissed townspeople approached them, determined, but not violent. WBC headed for their van, and drove off. The police were restrained, and did not completely block the counter protesters. What is right does prevail.

    Posted by: move along | Apr 13, 2014 5:52:47 PM

  23. @merv - if you really believe that, you're as misguided as the students in this post.

    @rj - yes, and mississippi businesses have reacted with a statewide campaign aimed to alert progressive and gay customers they have supporters. don't blame the citizens for the foolish actions of a few legislators. at this point, i'm less less concerned with the law, and more concerned it will survive if challenged to the roberts supreme court.

    @mikey - continue the thought process a few more steps to ask yourself why that might be the case. the mostly unchecked hatred regularly spewed towards the southern states by supposed "allies" in the comments section of this blog has only been getting worse. i've been a tlrd supporter for almost a decade, and even i have my limits.

    Posted by: northalabama | Apr 13, 2014 5:59:15 PM

  24. That is because for the last 10,000 years, EVERY day has been "straight" day.

    Posted by: ToThePoint | Apr 13, 2014 6:44:08 PM

  25. Just as white privilege is a topic that eludes many people Straight privilege needs to be taught and explained to people who don't get it. These kids kind of worry me as being part of the Christian need to claim the martyr role. It really is scary stupid to hear members of the ruling theocracy class crying and moaning about how they are persecuted. Their obvious next step from being victims will be to stand their ground and defend themselves.

    On a philosophical they need to be educated. Perhaps the kind of ass-stomping beating that befalls far too many gay people would help them with the concept of what persecution really is all about. It's only a though.

    Posted by: Steve | Apr 13, 2014 6:48:13 PM

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