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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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106.

Flyboy    

VP, Kobe may not have intended to be offensive, but that doesn't mean he wasn't offensive. As for growing up, the grown up thing to do is not use anti-gay language.

Janet, gay has ALWAYS BEEN CONNECTED TO GAY PEOPLE. In fact, it was heterosexuals who applied the term to gay people, because one of the stereotypes of gay people were that they were always peppy, cheery and childlike. The people turning the word into a slang hateful word are homophobes, so if you have someone to take up this rant to, it's them.

Gay people are more than homosexuals. You missed my point. Gay is gay. Homosexuality is a sexual activity. Gay people are defined by more than the sex they have, as is anyone else.

Heterosexuals like you think you can just control EVERY SINGLE THING gay people do. You're desperate for power over them. And then when they speak out for themselves, you cry about it. Get over yourself, Janet. World doesn't revolve around you.

1185 days ago
107.

Flyboy    

No, N.O. Lady, I don't work for GLAAD. I'm a decent human being against homophobia. Decent human beings are not anti-gay. Sorry you didn't get the message.

If gay men do dog women, which I didn't say they didn't I said I've never heard it, then that is bad and they should be called on that. Also, as for "massive charges against women", that is something that would instantly get a discrimination lawsuit. Since I haven't seen one yet, I'm not sure I believe that.

You said straight people don't force anything on anyone. HAHAHAHAHA. That literally made me laugh. Are you SERIOUS?! Um, yeah, straight people force their sexuality, one way or another, on society in an every day basis. Straight people FLAUNT their sexuality on an every day basis. Gay people have to live with COUNTLESS displays of HETEROSEXUALITY every day. And they don't complain. However, homophobes like you, who think they speak for all heterosexuals, cry about even the smallest bit of gay representation. All of this leave me alone, let me live my life, stop forcing it on me, is the HEIGHT of insecurity. You are insecure about homosexuality and blame gay people for your insecurities. Um, whose fault is that? Oh, yeah. It's yours.

Just because you can't handle the fact gay people are gay, and gay people are coming out more and living openly doesn't mean they should somehow live secret lives just to placate you. Get over yourself. Gay people aren't doing things in SPITE against heterosexuals. So, heterosexuals need to stop doing things in spite against gay people. You want to be left alone, stop being homophobic.

1185 days ago
108.

Jake    

What is wrong with saying f*cking fa**ot? Man we can't say a damn thing in this country anymore because of the easily offended and politically correct idiots. Get over it. I mean wow. What a bunch of wimps.

1185 days ago
109.

Flyboy    

N.O. Lady, want to know why that is? Because lesbians+2 girls+male fantasy=acceptable in a patriarchal society. If anything you should fight against male homophobia because it's generally loaded in misogyny. But actually, gay men are more accepted than ACTUAL lesbians. ACTUAL lesbians are not what you see in porn or Miley Cyrus and Vanessa Hudgens. Ellen is accepted now but she had to go through hell. She and Portia have become "normalized". But Amber Heard? Most straight men see her only as a sexual object. Most straight men see women in general as sexual objects. You are one ignorant person.

1185 days ago
110.

Cartman    

Looks like the perverts got their feelings hurt.. how gay.

1185 days ago
111.

Flyboy    

Jake, what's wrong with saying f*cking breeder? Why are breeders so sensitive when gay people call them breeders?

The realist, Kobe may not be homophobic, however, the use of fa**ot is homophobic, it's loaded in homophobia, and it can be directed at heterosexuals, and still be homophobic. Even if it ISN'T homophobic at all, it's still a silly and offensive word to use.

If a white person is using the n-word to be another white individual, it could be a hate crime. He could be beating him because he has black friends, or because he "acts" black (whatever that means). Or because he has black people in his family. The n-word, used in a negative fashion, is a slur. It's all about context, and using these words in a attempt to solely cut someone down is hateful.

Joe, you aren't taking back anything, get over yourself keyboard warrior.

Lisa, most people aren't homophobes. On the internet, especially on a site like TMZ, it attracts crazies. A gay story attracts homophobes. People who aren't homophobic wouldn't be directly attracted to it, as gay doesn't directly affect them. Homophobes are obsessed with homosexuality.

1185 days ago
112.

JosephHill    

#12 "But what if Kobe was white and he uttered F**g N**r????? Then people would care."

Thanks for pointing this out to those who think it's perfectly all right to use such hateful words. Smarten up, folks....the word "fa**ot" is often the very last word a gay person hears before being beaten to death. Language is very important in influencing culture. If you're not gay/Lesbian you have NO idea what the consequences are to American culture when this word is used....and simply brushed off.

To the "proud gay man" (#7), I suggest you sound more like a self-hater, rather than a proud gay man.

1185 days ago
113.

VP    

Flyboy, First of all I'm not saying nor did I ever say people don't have a right to be offended, so please stop trying to find anyone and everyone to come at. It wasn't right of him to say something like that of course, but everyone says things out of anger they don't mean. People find anything to rant about. There is so much more going on in this world then to worry about one person not watching his language.

1185 days ago
114.

Flyboy    

Homophobia is a personality disorder and a perversion. All anti-gays are perverted. It's a social disease that needs to be eradicated.

1185 days ago
115.

Flyboy    

I understand that argument, in fact, I said the same thing earlier on a different site VP. That the context in which this was said made it less of an issue. But, then, we need to think about this. Is it OK to say whatever whenever if you're angry? Is it OK to denigrate and say the most offensive things, but the "I was angry" line, does that excuse it? That's dangerous. I get angry sometimes, but I've never used an anti-gay slur. If you make homophobic slurs acceptable in certain contexts, then you are giving the word protection. We can't do that. I'm sorry to come at you so strong, but this is a severe important issue, and it's deeper than just the word, but it's a societal thing that needs to be addressed.

1185 days ago
116.

rodriqo    

no one cares............. find something else to report on. and those who do care need to focus on other things in life.

1185 days ago
117.

Bill Payne    

What is a homophobic slur? Do they mean homosexual slur? Like the word gay, "****ot" has a meaning of its own. It referred to cigarettes and firewood in past ages. How does a group lay claim to a word and forbid others from using it? Did Kobe intend the word to be a homosexual slur when he used it or was he using it as a term of frustration? Most of us are smart enough to know the difference.

1185 days ago
118.

janet    

I knew nothing about homosexuals or what that was until I worked in a dinner theatre (hell of an education)

I really liked this guy and we got along great and I could not figure out why he would not ask me out, what was I doing wrong. Turns out, I had the wrong body parts. Richie is homosexual. It had nothing to do with me, I felt like a fool because everyone knew but me, Richie was more upset because he thought our friendship was over, 25 years later still the best of friends.

Every homosexual I know have said the same thing, they new this very early on. I know this because out of not understanding, courious and asking questions was told. I learned.

1185 days ago
119.

James    

HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA...just goes to show you, those gays are a bunch of cry-baby sissies!

1185 days ago
120.

VP    

Flyboy, I completely agree with u it isn't acceptable at all whether he said it out of anger or if he really meant it. Can't argue there lol!! It's really unfortunate, but we can't change everyone.

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