Bigot of the Week Award: April 22

22 Apr

Bigot of the Week Award

Of course, Nike earns a dishonorable mention this week for its full support of the bigot Kobe Bryant.  Just a point of interest: Gilbert Gottfried was immediately terminated by Aflac for his distasteful jokes about the earthquake in Japan, as he should have been. When Kobe Bryant says “faggot,” Nike’s response is: we fully support the athlete Kobe, despite what our hollow diversity statement purports. Boycott Nike!

How very sad for our LGBT brothers and sisters in Montana this week when Judge Jeffrey Sherlock ruled that it is completely legal to discriminate against same-sex couples.  The six couples were not pushing for marriage equality, but rather  they wanted to be able to make burial, health care and other decisions, while enjoying such benefits as jointly filing taxes.  Sherlock’s verdict earns him this week’s BWA.  Same-sex couples don’t even have hospital visitation rights to see their partners.  Montana’s attorney general responded that: Montana can’t extend spousal benefits to gay couples because those benefits are limited to married couples by definition.  Then allow for Marriage Equality you bunch of bigots.  We can add Montana as not a safe place for the LGBT community–if you go to visit, be sure to wear your pink triangle!

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9 Responses to “Bigot of the Week Award: April 22”

  1. Podunk April 23, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

    Oh please, our politicians are idiots at times but Montana isn’t any more gay negative than most northern states. Besides, the view more than makes up for the possibility of having your head bashed in. LOL

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 23, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

      Spoken like a person who clearly has no idea of their privilege.

      • Podunk April 23, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

        What prey tell is my privilege?

  2. webwordwarrior April 24, 2011 at 7:05 am #

    Podunk, your privilege is that you appear to be a white, christian male who ignores your inherent benefits and complains about everyone else. Sadly, that sense of privilege does not extend to your spelling.

  3. Podunk April 24, 2011 at 8:55 am #

    Well, I’m white, that’s true. I’m also a lesbian. I just happen to have a different opinion than you. Granted, you are the first person who has ever called me privileged. I wasn’t aware that being trailer trash earned me that monicker. Also, my spelling is spot on but my grammar was way off mark. Prey and pray are homophones I seem to mess up on quite often.
    The mention in your post on how gays and lesbians can’t even visit their partners in the hospitals is rather on the false side. Been there done that and never had a problem with it.
    I’m not here to fight with you, I was merely stating that Montana is no worse than most other states. The head bashing was a joke, hence the LOL at the end.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 24, 2011 at 9:00 am #

      I am very grateful that hospital visitation has never been a problem for you! Unfortunately, in the South it is a very real problem. Most states in the South you do not have visitation rights and one can be denied employment and housing based on “perceived” sexual orientation.

  4. Podunk April 24, 2011 at 8:57 am #

    And I just spelled moniker wrong, guess I’m proving you right about my horrific spelling. 🙂

  5. Podunk April 24, 2011 at 9:08 am #

    I was not aware of how rough it was for gays in the south. My apologies. I really have never had much of an issue up here in Montana. Sure I’ve been called all sorts of lovely things but I’ve never felt threatened or discriminated against. I suppose in that instance I would be considered privileged.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 24, 2011 at 9:11 am #

      I’m afraid it is so awful that my husband and I had to move to Oregon. Fortunately, with your voice and the collective voices of all LGBT people, and our allies, we can make the world better and safer for ALL.

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