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Gay Rights Group SLAMS Kobe -- 'What A Disgrace'

4/13/2011 11:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kobe Bryant's homophobic outburst "perpetuates a culture of discrimination and hate" ... so says a gay rights group which has deemed last night's incident as "horribly offensive."

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TMZ spoke with the Human Rights Campaign -- who told us, "What a disgrace for Kobe Bryant to use such horribly offensive and distasteful language, especially when millions of people are watching."

The group adds, "Hopefully Mr. Bryant will recognize that as a person with such fame and influence, the use of such language not only offends millions of LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender] people around the world, but also perpetuates a culture of discrimination and hate that all of us, most notably Mr. Bryant, should be working to eradicate."

As we previously reported, Kobe appeared to have mouthed the words "f**king f**got" towards an NBA ref last night after he was hit with a technical foul.


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tmzblogger    

NEXT

1237 days ago
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Hello is anybody in there?    

I am offended to the maximal level!!! I didn't know there was a Human Rights Campaign! Oh well for shame Kobe Bryant for shame.

1237 days ago
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DK    

Grow up America, quite being so dang sensitive over words. Geesh, sticks and stones. All of you are afraid to talk for fear of offending someone or something.

1237 days ago
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mary    

Yawn.

1237 days ago
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kyle    

Sorry TMZ, Deadspin already posted this story hours ago. Way to play catchup. Long live Deadspin, TMZ sports is a joke.

1237 days ago
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MAXny    

WOW!!! As a proud, proud gay man I DO NOT find it offensive. The Human Rihts Campaign DOESN'T speak for all LGBT persons. Stop making a mountain out of a molehill. There are much bigger problems in the world, than Kobe saying, f*ggot. Stop crying, man up, bitches.

1237 days ago
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Cindy    

Do you really think that was any more than a slip of the tongue in anger? Give it a rest......to be so easily offended over a mindless rant is ridiculous.

1237 days ago
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patty    

Shut Up! Everyone says stuff like that and now they are ready to hang this guy.

GIVE ME A BREAK!!!

1237 days ago
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Katie    

But what if Kobe was white and he uttered F**g N**r????? Then people would care.

1237 days ago
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BigmoneyBleezy    

Two nights ago Charlie Villanueva proceeded to say to someone he was going to kill them and then was restrained by police after the game while he was trying to get in their locker room. That was not covered and this is.

Hmmm...

Go on a court and see how this comment by Kobe is mild mannered in relation to what is said all game every game.

Harvey...I am sure you have had courtside...really, you think this is a big deal? Really?

1237 days ago
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Bigeasy    

Stupid made up organization trying to become known over a non-issue. That ref didn't see what Kobe said and I'm sure even the players next to him couldn't hear it. So basically Kobe is being criticized for someone reading his lips and guessing what he said. Get over it.

1237 days ago
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Lori    

It looked pretty obvious that he said mother effer, not what these idiots who apparently suck at lip reading are claiming.

1237 days ago
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DboyDavid    

Yea Gay people quit freaken out. #15 is right, guys, or yonger guys i should say will be like "hey ***got quit that" type ish all the time and no, we dont think about gay people when we say this, there irrelevant to our life. FLex

1237 days ago
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stia    

How dare he. Make him stand in the corner IMMEDIATELY!

1237 days ago
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Grace     

I am offended with his use of the f***k word just as much as the next word. Bad language is never acceptable when referring to ANYONE!

1237 days ago
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