Yesterday, a man who gave anti-black remarks, has been banned from his job for LIFE.
Just last December, another person gave anti-gay remarks and walks away almost unscathed.
Donald Sterling, part owner of the Clippers, was banned from basketball for life and fined 2.5 million for comments he made in a private conversation. Sterling was unaware he was being recorded. An act which in itself is against the law.
Than there’s Phil Robertson, popular cast member of the hit show Duck Dynasty: Last December, he sat down with an interviewer and was asked a question on the record. What he gave, much like Sterling, were homophobic remarks. He was suspended from his job, only to be reinstated weeks later. However, Duck Dynasty wasn’t even recording at the time, so in the end Phil Robertson walked away with zero punishment.
When I wrote about the Duck Dynasty issue before. I had many comments of people saying “Well it’s Freedom of Speech…People should be able to express their point of view!”
Which I agree completely. Mind you “Freedom of Speech” protects you from not getting arrested, it DOESN’T protect you from getting fired.
So why is it that Donald Sterling, who said his hateful speech in private is not put to the same standard as Phil Robertson? and vice versa?
Yes, many of the Clipper players are indeed black, but than again many of the people working on Duck Dynasty are gay. Sterling may be an owner of a huge franchise, but Phil Robertson is (sadly) a cultural figure.
Paula Deen was someone else whose career ended abruptly after her alleged racist remarks. She was fired from the Food Network and many brand promotions, after she was accused of making racist comments decades before. Again…she was accused. Nothing she said was ever proven.
Yet here we were with Phil Robertson, whose remarks were black and white: yet he gets nothing. I even heard fellow gay friends say, “well he was asked a question”. Shouldn’t a person sitting for a magazine interview have a bigger target on their back than someone who’s just having a private conversation?
If we’re firing people for having private thoughts I wonder… who is innocent. When I waited tables it was a known fact that certain ethnic groups were not the best customers. 98% of the time they lived up to the stereotypes: whites, blacks, asians, indians etc. There wasn’t one server I knew that didn’t once say “I hate _____…they never tip!”.
It’s much different to say to your sister in anger “I hate Dad!” than it is to sit down in an interview and say the same thing.
Even Kareem Abdul-Jubar expressed his confusion over the issue yesterday:
“Shouldn’t we be equally angered by the fact that his private, intimate conversation was taped and then leaked to the media? Didn’t we just call to task the NSA for intruding into American citizen’s privacy in such an un-American way?”
So we have two very similar cases here. One has clearly stated his distaste for gays, publicly, while the other has stated his distaste for blacks in private. Yet the racist argument seems to hold much more ground.
Why is that?
If someone were to say “black is wrong” in an interview it would be career suicide. Yet saying “gay is wrong” is merely expressing your belief.
What’s the difference?
We as gays keep chanting the phrase “equal rights” when it comes to getting married. Yet, when it comes to being treated as people we sit back and shrug our shoulders. I would think marriage would come in second to this issue. Be respected first, marriage second.
Why is it more taboo to be anti-black than anti-gay? What more do gays need to do? We don’t have any stigmas against us, except for merely being gay. You never hear of gay criminals, gay rapists, a homeless gay. We do…have DONE…great things for this world. Yet when it comes down to it…it’s still ok to be homophobic.