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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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46.

Eric    

Homosexuals have far more to worry about than the use of a word, such as only 52% of Americans think homosexuality is acceptable, one in five homosexual men CURRENTLY have HIV, and gay and lesbian teens are twice as likely to suffer depression and three times more likely to commit or attempt to commit suicide. Instead of trying to convince the rest of society that "there's nothing wrong" with being gay," gay people should man up to there own problems.

1102 days ago
47.

Donna    

Good grief. This is undoubtedly coming from the same crowd who buys rap music with its degradation of women language. How many times have you been upset because of the vitriol against Sarah Palin? Political correctness has gone amuck in this country. How many times have you said SOB? Every time, you have just called someone's mother a b*tch. Grow the heck up. When you complain, you just enforce the stereotypes. I'm sick of this.

1102 days ago
48.

Lori    

What a shock...he's always been considered a "Fine upstanding family man" I mean hey...no scandle in that house huh?.....oops, WRONG.

The guys a known dirt bag that buys his skanky wife off with gigantic diamonds when he drills some strange chick in random hotel rooms.

Why is this a shock to anyone?

1102 days ago
49.

Steven Escobar    

What's wrong with all the people here, they all are Thrashing Harvey. Using those words are very sensitive and I think people should be more cautions when using it. I defend Harvey because if you use the "N" world and you are not Black you will have the entired American Civil Liberties Union trying to suit you.

1102 days ago
50.

Freddy    

Eric at #67, your grasp of facts is wildly obvious.

How about a majority of Americans now support marriage equality, and it's trending towards progress and away from discrimination?

1 in 5 "homosexuals" is HIV+? Who told you that? Anita Bryant? Rick Santorum? (Look them up, dear.)

Fact is that gay teens are more susceptible to drug abuse and depression because of ignoramuses like you that perpetuate stereotypes and get in the way of social tolerance. Being on the losing side of history is not a great place to be.

Shame on you.

1102 days ago
51.

sky    

If a group of folks name themselves GAY then why aren't they
GAY?

Every time i turn around the GAYS are whining about something. GET ON WITH LIFE and stop being such little pansys , can i say pansys ? i mean...who cares?

.JUST GET OFF YOUR POWER TRIP and LIVE and LET LIVE.

1102 days ago
52.

Flyboy    

Great. S**t is going to hit the fan here. Using fa**ot is wrong. In a time where gay teens are committing suicide and being beaten with the usage of this slur and others bombarding them, it is of EXTREME importance for everyone to realize the power of this word, the power of all anti-gay slurs, and the fact that gay people are human beings who deserve the same respect and treatment as anyone else. It's WRONG, period. It's wrong to use the n-word, it's wrong to call women c*nts, it's wrong to use anti-semitic or anti-Muslim sentiment. Treat others the way you want to be treated.

1102 days ago
53.

#1sexybeast    

KOBE what a douche bag you are. Why not use your own slang of your peeps? like F*** N***? HMMMM? KOBE GROW UP!!!!

1101 days ago
54.

Flyboy    

Little Lou-Lou, gay isn't fa**ot. Fa**ot isn't gay. Don't get it twisted. Different words. Calling gay people out of name is wrong. And, you want to talk about whining. Why are YOU whining about using anti-gay slurs? Is it THAT important to you to use homophobic language? Do you have that little command of the English language? Why don't you stop making excuses for homophobia. Why don't you stand up for gay people who are denigrated. Why don't you stop using how others identify as a slur. Why don't you do that. Gay people aren't whining. They're angry. And they're standing up for themselves. And they aren't going to be victims anymore.

1101 days ago
55.

Eric    

WebMD says 1 and 5 gay men are HIV. http://www.webmd.com/hiv-aids/news/20100923/1-in-5-gay-bi-men-have-hiv-nearly-half-dont-know

All the other facts are easy to find on the Web by multiple sources if you'd simply look.

1101 days ago
56.

MIDNIGHT TOKER    

sooo kobe dislikes gay people huh

1101 days ago
57.

Flyboy    

Most of you are computer keyboard warriors, anyway. None of you have the balls to ever say these offensive things in public. That's the really sad thing. How insecure homophobes are. And how weak minded you are.

Janet, being gay is more than "homosexuality". Just like STRAIGHT is. Gay people aren't defined by the sex they have. Why do straight people call themselves straight and not breeders? Gay has always been connected to GAY PEOPLE. If you knew anything about these words you would know this, but you don't. Seems like you just want to make excuses for your anti-gay bigotry. Whose truly the one at fault here? You.

1101 days ago
58.

thomas    

This Human Rights campaign is offended because it "appears" Kobe said these things. What if he did not? What happened to innocent until proven guilty? And if he did, why do gays and lesbians get to own this word. It is bad enough they hi jacked the word "gay". But a *** was a word that orginally meant something like flaming ambers off of a cigarette or came fire. The Lord of The Rings uses this word but not as a slur against gays but in an entirely different context.

1101 days ago
59.

Patti    

Lakers suck anyway.........................

1101 days ago
60.

Michael Graham    

Oh for christ's sake. I have the biggest group of gay friends...I love em all....do I say ***got sometimes when I really hate someone/something? Yes. Do I even think of gay people when I see it? NO. Its just a sudden outburst towards someone we don't like. Everyone needs to shut the hell up and get a dose of reality. WE don't need to hang on to every word some superstar says. I can assure you ill thoughts towards the gay community didn't even pass through his head when he "allegedly" said that.

1101 days ago
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