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Gay Bashing Teacher

Sparks FREE SPEECH Fight

8/23/2011 12:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


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A Florida teacher is suspended for bashing gay marriage on his Facebook -- so Harvey gets into a heated debate over free speech with one of the teacher's opponents.

And, Kim Kardashian's wedding drew millions of new viewers ... to her SEX TAPE! Vivid Entertainment honcho Steve Hirsch calls in to talk about cashing in on Kim's butt.

Plus, does President Barack Obama deserve the heat he's taking ... for going on vacation?

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(0:00) A Florida teacher is suspended for ripping gay marriage on Facebook -- does this go against free speech?
(3:30) Randy Stephens -- executive director of GLBT Community of Central Florida -- is on the phone ... and he agrees with the suspension.
(11:01) Harvey and Randy go toe-to-toe.
(22:30) Viewers defend free speech ... for the most part.
(35:02) A change of pace ... Kim K's porn was more popular than ever during her wedding weekend. Mike's got this one.
(37:30) Vivid Entertainment honcho Steve Hirsch calls in to talk about the porn's sudden rise in popularity.
(42:30) Time to "shame the audio guy."
(44:05) President Barack Obama's vacation in Martha's Vineyard is used as fuel to flame the anti-Obama fire.
(50:01) Will and Jada Pinkett Smith -- they are NOT splitting up ... despite reports to the contrary.


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46.

tj    

Randy Stephens is a idiot facebook is not public facebook is for only people you let be your friends it even tells you when you make a request to be friends it ask you do you know this person. So he has a private right, it's like having a group talk with friends sometimes friends don't agree , so i am going to say randy is looking to be famous from it . "look" i used freedom of speech lol

970 days ago
47.

Sevastian Winters    

Harvey should represent this teacher in court, pro bono. The hillbilly lawyer you interviewed is a plug idiot.

970 days ago
48.

David in Bangkok    

I love the show and watch it everyday. If Harvey wants to waste more than half of the show on a first amendment issue go on NPR. How about 5 minutes and move on. I'll bet viewers and listeners abandoned ship in droves after about 10 minutes. What about the real news?

970 days ago
49.

omegabeta    

Agreeded. I can't STAND harvey's politics and when he gets on his high horse it drives me nuts. He goes on and on about free speech, but won't let others get a word in.

I'd also be curious to know if TMZ deletes any comments. We all know they do....so what's the "free speech" implication there?

970 days ago
50.

thebitterlady    

Barbara Foley,is a professor in the english dept.at Rutgers University.After 9\11 she posted a message on the internet to her students.It read "be aware that,whatever the proximate cause,its ultimate cause is the fascism of u.s. foreign policy.In other words it was are fault.This in the state of New Jersey where students could have lost family members in the attack.People loved her for it.The problem wih this high school teacher is it wasnt a radical liberals veiw.They can teach to hate our flag and are country directly.He however cannot say anything negative about gays in the privacy of his own home,on his own page.No,he wasnt a college professor.Thats not my point.The problem is that these were not liberal veiws.They just cant wait to pounce on anything resembling a conservative veiw.Even if its in his own home.Homosexuals need to grow up.Face it,everyone is never gonna pretend to like you.

970 days ago
51.

a3196    

We are suffering the same fate in Australia just as in America and I have to ask - Why is it that the Gay movement are so hell bent on preventing people from exercising their rights to free speech simple because it does not fall in line with their Gay agendas? If the same teacher said on Facebook I totally agree and endorse Gay marriage and was then suspended for saying that there would be a mass of Gay rights activists flooding the airwaves and internet protesting his suspension - Stop being a pack of hypocrites and while you are at it stop trying to brainwash our children!

970 days ago
52.

paul    

look my father is gay but I don't agree wiyh gay marrage.
Gays have the right to try to suppress peoples right to disagree with them' but we hateful when we disagree with them. Hippocrits.

970 days ago
53.

Rose    

Totally impressed to see TMZ do something that supports freedom of speech. Really classy job there. It has gotten to the point where the political lobby of certain groups is more powerful, than the constitution.

969 days ago
54.

bigO    

Harvey you have a lot to learn. Just a question, if you're so prudent and fair then why don't you practice?

969 days ago
55.

like_nobody's_bidness    

Insane how non-chalantly one can speak about sex tapes. How culture and society has changed.

969 days ago
56.

DJSFilmGuru    

When discussing the vacationing of our President I think we must consider more than just "Should" he go on a vacation. Look at where President Obama went. Perhaps if the President went to a city that is in financial dire straights and spent a bunch of his own money in that town and helped the economy out a bit Americans wouldn't care, but this President keeps going to places that don't help Americans in need. Trips to Paris, London and even Cape Cod (although I am sure some folks in Cape Cod need money too) just don't seem to connect. Perhaps a trip to Mall of America and the midwest, a week at Myrtle Beach or even a trip to San Antonio (Sea World, Six Flags, The Alamo and a whole bunch more) Texas... you see if the President actually cared about what we all think and if he actually cared about "the poor" and really wasn't doing all he can to help "the rich" he would take vacations in places like these. But he doesn't care... well not about us regular folks that is.

969 days ago
57.

sam    

Harvey, I am against Gay Marriage, however I totally respect your argument about free speach. I also feel that Gays should have the right of other couples. I feel Re-defining marriage from the traditional form is wrong. Gay marriage should be called something else, it is different. Be PROUD and call it something that you can be proud of.

969 days ago
58.

Jerry    

Gays only support free speech when it promotes homosexuality. Anything that doesn't promote their agenda is unconstitutional. Such a bunch of hypocrites. Next they'll be advocating marrying multiple partners and at least one farm animal.

969 days ago
59.

JB    

To be honest he has the right to his own opinion, and we do have free speech. We have to be careful because we are giving away our civil liberties. We want government to do everything for us and regulate everything and that is the exact same thing that led our fore fathers to leave England for freedom. If you choose to be foolish and believe in religion then you have the right to be opposed to gay marriage. I don't care what people do, I don't understand why it's such a big deal if 2 guys want to get married but I'm highly intelligent.

969 days ago
60.

Patrick    

i always find it interesting that those interest groups that demand tolerance are often the most intolerant of all. This is an affront to free speech and as Harvey implied, NO WAY would he have been suspended for potentially offending straight students if he had posted a view of pro gay marriage

969 days ago
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