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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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31.

janet    

Keith...

Exactly. This politically correct crap is way out of hand.

No apology needed.

1287 days ago
32.

Zoe     

Why does anyone pay attention to this upright mammal?

1287 days ago
33.

jealous of kate    

when I was a teen, YEARS AGO, f*ggot was thrown out at people like ME! the 'nerdy' smart, socially inept people, NOT SPECIFICALLY GAYS, and actually in jr. high/high school, IT WAS JUST MEANT FOR THE UN COOL. And when people through out the word, THAT IS THE MEANING MOST OF THEM ARE USING! A referee who Kobe thinks made a crappy call?
1# KOBE: I did not hit him, you EF'in Gay Guy
OR
2#KOBE: I did not him him, you EF'in SOCIALLY INEPT/HATEDBYEVERYONE/HAVENOFRIENDS PERSON
???????????????
(it bothers me that you can't type or say words like this, but curse words on the internet or even on TV, depending on what STATION and What TIME it is, NO PROBLEM, A OKAY! and along with that-RELIGIOUS DEFAMMING/OUTBURSTS/SLANDER/ETC -meaning cursing out God, a person's religon, etc, except of course, everyone tip toes around Muslims. We have become too politically correct, have the politically correct police, and IT HAS GOTTEN RIDICULOUS. People will say things that are wrong, that is why we apologize-and why Kobe should apologize to THE REFEREE, not to the masses of gays, bis, etc. Listen, People make mistakes. things get said in anger and it is hard to break habits learned from early childhood. I learned these words too, it takes time, and a lot of controlling your mouth when angry. BUT, you ALSO HAVE TO LOOK AT THE WHOLE PERSON. Their WHOLE BEING. Are they generally a good being? Do good things. Do they GIVE MORE IN LIFE THEN THEY TAKE FROM THIS PLANET? That is the most important thing, little things can be forgiven,

1287 days ago
34.

Liz    

A group of people who have no morals whatsoever talking about whats right or wrong?? Thay are a joke and they are just shameless people...

PS I am not by any mean fan of Kobe...

1287 days ago
35.

nicool    

OMG, he said that not even in proper context. I doubt the ref was even gay so who cares. I bet the ref has totally overlooked this. All Kobe did was give this organization something new to complain about. So over this topic.

1287 days ago
36.

janet    

Joe...

No it's not. Never was no matter how you change the spelling. I've been called cracker. How many whites go around calling each other cracka.

1287 days ago
37.

Michelle    

Give me a break. What a bunch of whiners!! As I'm sure he was ACTUALLY picturing a gay person when he said that.
YOU KNOW, NOT EVERYTHING IS ABOUT YOU....PEOPLE WHO ARE GAY!!!!

1287 days ago
38.

Michelle    

The Human Rights Campaign are a bunch of f***ing f***ots

Posted at 8:34 AM on Apr 13, 2011 by Joe
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AHHHH HAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! that had me spit out my coffee. Thank you Joe.

1287 days ago
39.

whatsgoingon    

Lighten Up People. It's a word, big f-ing deal. I would think they have bigger and better things to fret about.

1287 days ago
40.

Tea Party Mom    

YOU KNOW, NOT EVERYTHING IS ABOUT YOU....PEOPLE WHO ARE GAY!!!!

Posted at 8:45 AM on Apr 13, 2011 by Michelle

Cool.

1287 days ago
41.

camaguey    

Look people: LISTEN UP! When a person is mad as hell for some injustice suffered that is not righted, when you'd like to smack somebody but think better of it, when you're red hot mad, you WILL SAY HURTFUL AND OFFENSIVE THINGS. That's how GOD MADE US!!! You say hurtful things, it's how it's done! So you mean to tell me that you have to be in such perfect sense of your faculties that at the drop of a hat we get so upset but are able to say: "Oh chucks"? PLEASE, GIVE ME A BREAK. It is because of comments and demands and expectations of this gay group that in about...uh...six more weeks no one is going to be able to SPEAK here in America. Lighten up, MACHO THE HELL UP, and take it like men and women, homosexual or not. Please. I mean it. This is RIDICULOUS. Good for Kobe Bryant, say it again, keep on winning. Good for Kobe Bryant!

1287 days ago
42.

ee cummings    

Maybe the ref is gay ....

1287 days ago
43.

Sandra     

Money does not equal class!!He needs to keep his mouth shut!!!

1287 days ago
44.

washout22    

The term refers to a kind of person that is defined by a verb (or an action). To discriminate a person for a race would be dicriminating for the person being the race he is, which is a noun, (person, place, or thing). These sickos can always get back to being rightious by quitting the sick actions.
They need to find girlfriends and act like a decent human being.

1287 days ago
45.

Dice    

Hey people wake up...this is what you get when you all put these idiots on a pedastal. Now, when they make a mistake you pull it out. Keep paying for the hundreds/thousands of dollars to go see them play and make them richier so they get more arrogant. I'm not gay, but this is just another instance you have caused. All these celebrates and sport hero's are above the law just like the politician. Now you can either stop going to the games so they reality sets in like in Cleveland with the Indians or stop putting in the best lying politician like Obama. Be real and lets fix this nightmare once and for all.

1287 days ago
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