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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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Michael    

OH Brother...a couple of years ago I did the music direction for a mostly gay theater group. They were the most abusive *******s I have ever worked for.

On the other hand I worked with gays who wer perfectly nice.

This thing with Kobe is complete overkill...he was mad...he said something he regretted and he apologized. It should be over but it isn't because gays who want to live up to the word they claim to detest are pushing the issue.

Let it go.

1203 days ago
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kat_xk8    

I'm so amazed that the "human' rights movement rises up for a straight man lol
The ref Kobe yelled the "slur" at is straight !!!!
So are they fishing for publicity ??? Sure seems so
Kobe did not address anyone in the g l community regardless
thing is "human rights " is not about ALL humans as not all humans are gay
And stop trying to equal the civil rights movement - that's the disgrace here !!!!

1199 days ago
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kat_xk8    

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I'm so amazed that the "human' rights movement rises up for a straight man lol
The ref Kobe yelled the "slur" at is straight !!!!
So are they fishing for publicity ??? Sure seems so
Kobe did not address anyone in the g l community regardless
thing is "human rights " is not about ALL humans as not all humans are gay
And stop trying to equal the civil rights movement - that's the disagree here !!!

1199 days ago
184.

C    

Big deal! It's not as bad as _itch.

1199 days ago
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