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Comedian Adam Carolla is "done apologizing" for jokes that others may find racist or homophobic, the Huffington Post reports:
When he stopped by HuffPost Live on Thursday to chat about the new film "Road Hard," which Carolla co-wrote, co-directed and stars in, the comic responded to a viewer who asked for his take on Calling Out Carolla, a Tumblr blog that documents "anti-LGBT language" Carolla has used.
"Go find a politician or somebody who's in charge and poke a popsicle stick up their butt," Carolla answered. "I'm a comedian. I'm done apologizing, I really am. ... And by the way, everyone who apologizes is faking it. They're only doing it because they're gonna get canned."
Carolla added that he doesn't feel responsible for how anyone interprets the things he says.
"You are in charge of your own feelings. I'm not in charge of your feelings. I'm here to make jokes. I'm here to make commentaries. I'm here to share my opinions," he said. "Tough shit if you don't like it." [...]
Carolla closed out the interview by blasting the so-called "outrage machine" and reiterating that comedians should be held to different standards:
"If you want to treat it like a problem -- and it is a problem -- let's focus on where the problem is. Who are the actual racists? What is the actual homophobia?" he said. "I'm with you. I'll grab a pitchfork and be with you."
Last May, Carolla complained to Salon that he can't tell jokes about gays anymore without being put on a list of bullies by the gay "mafia." He also suggested gays should be given marriage rights so "they can shut the f--k- up"
Watch Carolla's HuffPost Live interview, AFTER THE JUMP...
State lawmakers in Florida have given their initial stamp of approval to a bill that would force transgender men and women to use public restrooms matching their biological sex rather than gender identity.
The bill passed the House Civil Justice Subcommittee Wednesday along party lines, with nine Republicans in support and four Democrats opposed. The bill was filed by Rep. Frank Artiles (R-Miami) following the December vote by the Miami-Dade County Commission to extend non-discrimination protections to transgender people.
The Tampa Bay Times reports:
Even some Republicans have raised concerns that the bill may go too far in the name of protecting public safety. Rep. Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, the subcommittee's chairwoman, said she doesn't think most lawmakers understand transgender issues. She supported the measure Wednesday, but said she hopes to see changes before voting on it again in the Judiciary Committee.
Artiles (right) filed the bill in February, and lawmakers have already inserted a litany of exceptions to account for janitorial staff and parents helping young children use the restroom. More could be coming, including a change to allow sports reporters to enter team locker rooms after games.
What likely won't change is the core assertion of this bill: Allowing people to use facilities that don't correspond with their biological sex is dangerous.
"I think that's common sense," Artiles said. "Whether or not a transgender person or a transitioning person falls into the description, we have to look at the consequences of this law."
Equality Florida Institute reacts to the bill via statement:
"It's dehumanizing," said Gina Duncan, a transgender woman who works with the advocacy group TransAction Florida. "This bill invents a problem that simply doesn't exist. Transgender people need to use the restroom the same as anyone. If anything, we want and need to be protected from undue attention and harassment -- not be told we're committing a crime if someone thinks we're in the wrong place."
The bill also makes schools and businesses liable for monetary damages. A person can collect a financial award if they feel they've encountered a person in a public single-sex facility who shouldn't have been there.
"This poorly written bill is a lawsuit factory," said Nadine Smith, CEO of Equality Florida, the state's largest organization advocating on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
"How could it possibly be enforced except as an invitation to harass people in the bathroom -- with a financial incentive attached!"
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is taking his anti-gay-marriage show on the road. From a press release:
Conservative Republicans of Texas, Campaign for Texas Families, and other conservative organizations and leaders will sponsor a Defense of Texas Marriage Amendment Rally on the south steps of the Texas Capitol on Monday, March 23, 2015 at 1:00 pm. Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy S. Moore will deliver a keynote address describing his continuing efforts to preserve Alabama’s right to determine the definition of marriage.
Moore and the rest of the state Supreme Court issued a decision this week halting same-sex marriages, temporarily, in Alabama. Of course, marriage equality hasn't arrived in Texas, but presumably Moore will be providing tips on what to do if and when that happens.
Not that Texas legislators really need any such advice. They've already introduced legislation to bar county clerks from issuing same-sex marriage licenses. And Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is seeking to void the marriage of a 30-year lesbian couple, one of whom has ovarian cancer. Frankly, Texas legislators probably shouldn't be taking advice from Moore, since he was unable to stop same-sex marriages from occurring in Alabama for several weeks.
From the press release:
Marriage is a God ordained institution between a man and a woman and it is the fundamental foundation of families and of ordered societies: “For this cause a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and they shall become one flesh” (Gen. 2:24, Matt. 19:5).
In the November 8, 2005 General Election, the citizens of Texas passed, by an overwhelming margin of 76% to 24%, a Marriage Amendment to the Texas Constitution, Article 1, Section 32, which provides that “Marriage in this state shall consist only of the union of one man and one woman.”
The press release doesn't mention that turnout in that election 10 years ago was 18 percent, or that some polls show more Texans now support same-sex marriage than oppose it:
The purpose of this rally is to protect and preserve Biblical marriage. The Texas Legislature and state legislatures around the country can stop the federal courts’ encroachment on states’ rights to determine the definition of marriage. Rep. Cecil Bell, Jr., and Sen. Charles Perry have filed legislation that would prohibit any state or local government employee from issuing marriage licenses in violation of the Texas Constitution. It would also prohibit the expenditure of taxpayer dollars for that purpose. The legislation is aimed at preserving Texas’ right to determine how marriage is defined.
We all know nationwide same-sex marriage is likely coming in June. With any luck, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will lift a stay of a federal judge's ruling striking down Texas' marriage ban prior to Moore's visit. If that happens, several Texas county clerks have already committed to issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Wouldn't it be nice if gay couples could join Moore on the Capitol steps to cut their wedding cakes?
Filmmakers Toby Oppenheimer and Dana Flor spent the last three years documenting America's only all-gay or trans gang, a group of approximately 200 African-American teens in Washington D.C. called 'The Check It', according to a crowdfunding appeal for their new film.
The film follows three bullied teens and tells the story about how they started the gang, VICE reports:
The group formed to provide members safety in numbers and let people know that if you jumped a gay kid in DC, you'd likely get jumped back in retaliation. ... Unlike other gangs, the Check It aren't tied to a specific geographic location. They hang out at each others' houses, mostly, as well as a local Denny's and the Chinatown and Gallery Place Metro stations. And they didn't have to do much to spread their name. A local go-go band called ReAction wrote a song about the gang and name-checked individual members. That meant people like [Trayvon] Warren (pictured) had a certain amount of notoriety, which allowed him to go to pretty much any neighborhood in DC without people giving him much trouble for being, as he and his friends put it, "faggie."
Write the filmmakers:
At first glance, The Check It, our documentary subjects, seem to be unlikely gang–bangers. Some of the boys wear lipstick and mascara, some stilettos. They carry Louis Vuitton bags, but they also carry knives, brass knuckles and mace. As vulnerable gay and transgender youth, they’ve been shot, stabbed and raped.
Once victims, they’ve now turned the tables, beating people into comas and stabbing enemies with ice picks. Started in 2005 by a group of bullied 9th graders, today these 14–22 year old gang members all have rap sheets riddled with assault, armed robbery and drug dealing charges.
Led by an ex-convict named “Mo," The Check It members are NOW creating their own clothing label, putting on fashion shows and working stints as runway models. But breaking the cycle of poverty and violence they’ve grown up in is a daunting task. So when The Check It are not taking small steps forward on the catwalk, they too often take massive steps backwards. CHECK IT captures the struggles and setbacks, but also the progress and triumphs of these kids.
The doc is produced by RadicalMedia and actor Steve Buscemi.
Watch their trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...
New York Mets fan and gay father Jon Raj has written an open letter to Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy after Murphy made headlines earlier this week for saying he disagreed with former MLB player Billy Bean's gay "lifestyle."
Wrote Raj in part:
To me, you are a great baseball player who has demonstrated commitment and determination when faced with adversity. I have followed you in your quest to become an All-Star second baseman and truly admire what you have accomplished.
To my son, you are more -- you are a role model. I understand that may not have been something you signed up for, but for better or worse, for him and others like him, you are larger than life.
Let me try to explain why what you said was not an innocuous sound byte, but rather an offensive statement. First, I do not have a lifestyle. I didn't choose my sexuality the same way you didn't choose yours. Second, being gay is not what defines me, but rather it is just one important part of who I am. So when you say that you disagree with who I am, you are also disagreeing with my son and my family. We are not a lifestyle choice -- we are a family. [...]
Some wonder how the gay rights movement has progressed so well so fast. To me it is quite simple: once you recognize that your brother, son, neighbor, or co-worker is gay, you don't just continue to "love him" but you learn to actually accept and respect him for who he is as a person -- and that changes everything.
Read the letter in full HERE.
Yesterday, we reported Billy Bean had penned his own response to Murphy's comments, with Bean striking a conciliatory tone saying "It took me 32 years to fully accept my sexual orientation, so it would be hypocritical of me to not be patient with others."
A new video from Girl Pants Productions illustrates just how insane homophobic arguments are to the majority of Americans who support LGBT equality.
Because, as we all know, being left-handed is really just a choice and guys who say they love both chocolate and vanilla ice cream are really just chocolate lovers too afraid to come out of the closet.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...