Yeah, yeah, yeah. I’m gay. Every time I mention that in a blog a few people message me saying “I didn’t know you are gay,” and I want to unfriend them…so yeah I’m gay…and here is my take on this controversy.
Let’s start with what appears to be a little known fact. Phil is from Louisiana.. and is a redneck. Shocking I know! So if that didn’t give you some sort of insight into his line of thinking before he made his comments…well…bless your heart. Louisiana has never been the nation’s beacon of progressive human rights and rednecks still fly the “heritage not hate” flag. Anytime you have to defend something by saying it doesn’t represent hate, that should be a cue to stop flying it. (My swastika doesn’t represent hate either) ((sarcasm))
Let’s also point out that this is a reality show and therefore it should not be scripted…let me repeat, it is a REALITY SHOW! Phil was never elected by anyone to speak for anyone…he is a private citizen that a whole lot of other private citizens like to watch on tv…If Phil were some elected official I would be the first in line complaining. But he isn’t. He represents a group of people who are known for their phobias…of black people, showers, the English language, indoor plumbing…among other things…so why are we surprised he hates gays? If you are outraged that he is on tv after saying what he said, try watching Fox News for more than 3 minutes…
If you are a Christian, then you should be well aware of a few things. First and foremost, you are not to judge others…you are to love them as yourself. Christianity is about love, peace, doing good in the world, hope, and faith. It is also true, according to the Bible, that we are all sinners. You, me, Phil–everyone. So his statement was factual, to a Christian reading a single verse in the Bible…being gay is a sin. What he failed to mention is that EVERYTHING you do is pretty much a sin. That is why you constantly ask for forgiveness as a Christian. One sin is just as bad as the other. There is no sin scale. Phil lusting over Hillary Clinton would have the same ramifications as me lusting over a man. Me cutting my hair will get me into hell just as fast as me sleeping with a guy who has the same hair cut.
Here’s where I stand on this. In America we all have the right to our opinions, especially as it relates to religion. Me judging his views of what is and is not a sin is no more fair and right than him judging who I love. I actually think God would not have made me gay just to send me to hell. I think God, my God at least, is a little more loving and caring than that. I think just because the person I love is a man, it does not mean that love is a sin…but I digress. Here in America we all the the right to our opinion. We also have the right to change the channel. If I do not agree with Phil then I will not watch his show…buy his merchandise…or be his friend on Facebook? Who cares what a redneck in the swamp thinks about me…further more, who didn’t see that coming.
This country is going to hell with political correctness. Kids expect a trophy for last place today…and God forbid a kid get a bruise on a playground. We have become a nation of babies who get our feelings hurt that the left said this or the right said that…that someone said Christmas instead of holiday. We all need to grow up.
Tolerance cannot and should not be forced. What A&E has done by suspending him is made him the victim. That is wrong. Phil isn’t the one denied rights daily in this country. Phil isn’t the one that is persecuted by right wing nut jobs constantly. Let Phil put his “God Hates Fags” sign up…and attend Westboro Baptist Church…I’m cool with that…it’s a free country. Let me hate him. Don’t put him in a position where I feel like defending him. A&E has giving Fox News and Rush Limbaugh a talking point about how Freedom of Speech is under attack. That’s not cool.
So…let’s put Phil back on the air…and let his rating drop. Let all of his advertisers pull funding…and let’s do this the American way…you know…using Chinese money. Let’s focus on real issues…poverty…a President who is constantly breaking the law…elected officials saying worse things about gays than this…Let’s stop getting distracted by these inflated stories about people who really do not matter to most of us. People who really and truly have no influence on our lives.
So, Phil, I’m sorry you don’t care for gays. I have a feeling that if someone close to you were gay and had the courage to admit it to you, your views would change. Americans are so scared of what we don’t understand. I assure you, Phil, no gay guy wants to sleep with you…so you are safe there. Thankfully, much like homophobia, I assure you that it is not contagious. If it were, gays would camp out at frat houses and construction sites. So, align yourself with Westboro if you want…and I’ll just change the channel.
To my gay friends that are offended…stop whining, toughen up, and work on changing minds…your status updates are making us all look bad. Worry more about what is happening in the Capital than in the Louisiana swampland.
Worth noting.. I live in Greenville, SC. I was born and raised in the Carolina’s and I am a Southerner.