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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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61.

Flyboy    

Eric, 1/3 of teenage girls have herpes. Teenage girls are diseased. They deserve no respect. Right? Oh, wait, you're a hypocritical bigot. OK, makes sense.

1288 days ago
62.

ro    

I'm not surprised nor am I offended since it's coming from this gutter snipe.

1288 days ago
63.

Glo    

Oh This is ridiculous!!! So he said that, big deal!!! They're drama queens..

1288 days ago
64.

Flyboy    

The word fa**ot has a direct connection to gay men. In earlier centuries, gay men were sought out, killed, and burned at the stake. The original use of the word fa**ot is burning sticks. Gay males' bodies were used as burning sticks, and their ashes were used to keep the flames ablaze.

SOOOO, when anyone says that the usage of fa**ot is not a gay slur, then you are WRONG. It IS a gay slur, it IS homophobic in it's very nature. And if you have a MODI*** of respect for gay people you wouldn't use it knowing the affect is has on them. The English language is large. There are plenty of other words to use. But some of you seem DESPERATE to use anti-gay slurs. Why is that? Because you don't want to give up your power over the gay community. Which is what this all comes down to. It's because you all, in the back of your heads, hate gay people to a certain extent.

1288 days ago
65.

phyuck    

Apparently as far as TMZ is concerned you are guilty until proven innocent. It really doesn't matter if he said it or not at this point since it is being reported as if he DID say it and people are responding as if he DID say it.

Great job by the idiots at TMZ.

1288 days ago
66.

Italia    


Maybe if LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender] people around the world would STOP putting themselves in the same category with the f--king f--ots, people wouldn't have to apologize to the LGBTs. In any event, I'm sure Kobe didn't mean it in the "gay" sense of the words.

1288 days ago
67.

Flyboy    

N.O. Lady, um, if you look at what most homophobes like you do, they either run to the computer to be homophobic, or they hit a gay man and run, or they say something to a gay person and run or pretend they didn't do it. Homophobes NEVER take responsibility for THEIR problems, and THEIR actions. It's always the gay mans' fault. No, the fault is at your own feet and irrational bigotry. You're in the wrong. And, being someone who IS NOT GAY, I can tell you, gay people are generally stronger than most heterosexuals for the s**t they have to deal with daily. You are a weak individual and so are anyone who is homophobic. Homophobia is weakness and it's a personality disorder.

1288 days ago
68.

Eric    

Gays getting offended because people put out true facts such as 1 in 5 gay men have HIV is hypocritical. If it is the truth, it's the truth. I'd rather know than pretend it's not a fact. That way, I can truthfully tell my children, yes, there are things wrong with being gay, then lying to advance a "cause."

1288 days ago
69.

USAF Chick    

I am a lesbian woman...who cares...he wasn't in his face saying this he was just talking smack like every other person does when they are upset. Come on, find something else to b*tch about!

1288 days ago
70.

Flyboy    

Gays are perverts because they engage in sodomy, right DudeLebowski? Um, almost every straight person in the world also has or does engage in sodomy. I guess pretty much everyone is mentally ill in your eyes. Or, maybe it's you whose mentally ill. Yeah. I'm gonna go with that one.

1288 days ago
71.

Eric    

Please learn what "homophobe" means. It means to be afraid of a gay person. I'm sure few people are afraid of gay people, repulsed maybe, afraid, no.

1288 days ago
72.

Flyboy    

Eric, 1/3 of teen girls have herpes. Over half of heterosexuals have some form of HPV. Is heterosexuality wrong? I want to know facts, and fact is, the heterosexual lifestyle has sicknesses. I can tell my children that they should just avoid all sexual contact with anyone, so they don't get an STD.

1288 days ago
73.

Mark    

people chill the **** out, im a gay dude and i say that all the time when I am pissed. Whats next? the alliance will say they need financial compensation for mental stress? Chill the **** out people.....

1288 days ago
74.

Flyboy    

Homophobia=Irrational fear of, aversion towards or discrimination/hatred against homosexuality/homosexuals.

Eric, you fit pretty much all 3 definitions. Homophobia is a personality disorder. Anti-gay attitudes in themselves are disordered.

N.O. Lady, do I have to be gay to NOT be a bigot? No, I'm just a better person than you to realize bigotry is wrong. BTW, when gay people are using fa**ot amongst themselves, it's not used as a slur or in a negative fashion. And most gay people do NOT use the word to begin with. Period. The word is about THEM. It is not about you. Get over yourself and your self-importance. And yes, all kids get bullied, and the most common form of bullying language is ANTI-GAY SLURS. Straight kids are abused with homophobia. Homophobia affects us all. It's wrong. Making excuses for it is sick.

1288 days ago
75.

thomas    

And where were all these offended gays when Elton John called a woman a *unt? He says hateful things all the time. Matter of fact, he is one of the worst in the idustry for calling people t*ats, *unts, *ag*ots and a whole host of other words. But he is GLBT poster child.

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