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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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16.

Me    

Get over it, move on, find a cause with a purpose...food bank, clothe the poor, help Japan, teach someone to read, foster a child, volunteer to coach, etc.... Spend time making a positive contribution, not whining about what you don't like. Get a perspective on what matters folks.

1251 days ago
17.

jus-sayin    

#5 Kyle...then why do you read it? Or make comments?

1251 days ago
18.

J    

So... is TMZ just ignoring the fact that the second word Kobe says is only one syllable? I realize this is a gossip site, but christ, now you're acting like lip-readers? If this is the case, I'm looking forward to all the ridiculous things you're going to have celebs saying.

1251 days ago
19.

Birdsht    

Go wipe the fecal matter off your upper lip and find something new to bitch about, hyper sensitive f*****s

1251 days ago
20.

jus-sayin    

Get over it....Ive heard worse...Big Babies

1251 days ago
21.

writenow    

Kobe's a money-generating thug. Apologzie! Money wins all. (Please note: the previous was sarcastic) But in LA cash rules, not class.

1251 days ago
22.

Big Taters    

Sensitive much?

1251 days ago
23.

sick of it    

it's a word!!!! not a threat... Grow the hell up...

1251 days ago
24.

Jan    

What a non-issue. I've said worse than that standing in my kitchen when I drop a butter knife. And I don't think the knife was offended......

1251 days ago
25.

Melissa    

Who cares!!! He was hit with a tech already move on.

1251 days ago
26.

Strunz28    

Who cares?

1251 days ago
27.

Karen    

It's called Freedom of Speech!!!! Get a life and quit crying!

1251 days ago
28.

GRIMLOCK    

you know what is a disgrace? gay rights

1251 days ago
29.

Jan    

And why is there confusion about the second word? It's obvious that is what he said.....and I'm not a professional lip reader and I only saw the tape once....but again, a non-issue.

1251 days ago
30.

KEITH    

WHOA....STOP THE PRESSES...

A BLACK CAN BE HOMOPHOBIC????

NEXT THING YOU KNOW THEY COULD BE RACISTS TOO.

1251 days ago
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