Re: Brandon Spikes posts another controversial tweet per Boston.com
posted at 10/12/2012 1:29 PM EDT
In response to PatsEng's comment:
In response to patsfan76's comment:
In response to ATJ's comment:
The tweet gets media attention because Spikes tweeted it. Blown out of proportion? Not for me to say. Discrimination? Dunno. Hilarious? Not to me. Insensitive? Yeah - pretty much.
The point that how would he know the guy was gay is well taken. I'm not gay but there's nothing funny about homophobia whether any you care to agree or not. There have been innocent people beaten to death in this country for the sole reason that they were gay or does that matter? And if beating someone to death because they were gay wasn't a homophobic act then what was it? Lighten up? Sure I'll lighten up when the topic is light. This isn't.
I dont agree that if someone gets beats up it was because someone was scared of them. Its called bullying. There is a difference and neither of them applied in this case. Non story
I agree, homophobia is being scared of gay people and an internal fear that you yourself might be gay. That doesn't mean you beat a gay person to death because they are gay. No that's straight hatred and discrimination to it's most vial form. The two aren't linked. Being homophobic doesn't mean that you hate gay people and hating gay people does not mean you are homophobic. Big difference.
It's like saying coulrophobic people beat and kill clowns and people who beat and kill clowns are coulrophobic. Onne does not correlate to the other.
Perhaps time for some of you to understand the meaning of the term homophobia:
Homophobia is a range of negative attitudes and feelings toward homosexuality or people who are identified or perceived as being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). Definitions refer variably to antipathy, contempt, prejudice, aversion, irrational fear, and hatred. In a 1998 address, author, activist, and civil rights leader Coretta Scott King stated that "Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood."
I suggest that before you simply dismiss a differing point of view you understand the basis for someone holding that point and understand the actual meaning of the term that is being discussed. Homphobia isn't simply fear, it extends beyond that. Google Matthew Shepard and then tell me that homophobia is simply about being afraid