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Student Says Phil Robertson’s Anti-Gay Statements Inspired LGBT-Bashing Hatefest in His Louisiana Hometown

This week, AATTP discussed the notion that those in positions of notoriety, power and popularity can create terrifying atmospheres and often violent situations when they degrade and disparage minority groups with their words.

In an anonymous blog post written yesterday by a University of Louisiana-Monroe student for the Something Like the Truth website, one young gay man talks about the “two-week-long f*g bashing” he witnessed after Phil Robertson’s hateful comments about the LGBT community went viral after his controversial GQ interview.

The anonymous writer who was vetted by Something Like the Truth, explains in great detail his reality in growing up not only in the deep south, but of growing up in the same town made famous by its current resident, Phil Robertson.

West Monroe is … home to the most famous anti-gay person in the world: Phil Robertson. I’ve never met Phil. But I was raised by a Phil Robertson.

My Phil Robertson told me that I was an asshole for being so selfish to come out of the closet to my mother.

My Phil Robertson told me that my boyfriend will never be welcomed to his house, as if he were diseased.

My Phil Robertson threatened my life because I had the audacity to be who I am.

In a powerful passage taken from the blog post, the anonymous ULM student explains that his already scary and frightening experience of being a closeted gay man in the south was made unthinkably even more heartbreaking and alienating by Phil Robertson comparing gay people to terrorists, and likening homosexuality to bestiality.

Phil claims to love everyone, and I have to believe that he has the best of intentions for saying what he said. But he must realize the damage that those words do to people like me.

He encouraged – hopefully unintentionally – a two-week-long “f*g bashing” in Monroe and around the world. He made me feel unsafe in my own home. I can’t count how many times I heard “f*ggot” over the Christmas visit home.

All of this is in a state that still has laws against, and still arrests people for, having homosexual relations.

In closing out his blog post, the anonymous writer draws a very stark and bleak picture about the reality that he and other LGBT people face in the south, but not to be beaten down, he shows a glimmer of hope for his life, and determination to make his life, and the lives of other LGBT in the south something they can be proud of, and not live in fear just because of who they are.

You don’t know persecution until you’re a 12-year-old boy sitting in a church pew when your preacher encourages everyone to vote to make gay marriage illegal because they think you don’t deserve the same joy of raising a family due to your depravity.

You don’t know persecution until you’re told that God doesn’t love you because of how He made you; when Christian fundamentalists are tied up to the back of pick-ups and dragged down a back road because they believe the Bible. When you know that, then you can talk about persecution.

I try really hard to not get angry over this. But it’s hard for me not to see red when I think about my grandparents, whom I love, who will never be able to be a part of my life because of their own ignorance. I doubt my parents come to my wedding one day. All because my love is different than their love.

But my love isn’t different. It isn’t unholy. It isn’t wrong because a man with a beard said so in a GQ article.

My love is real. And it’s not going away.

If this isn’t proof enough right here, that words have power to create hatred and violence against minority communities, then there is nothing in this world that will ever be convincing enough.

Words have power.  Words create hate.  Hate leads to violence.  It’s just that simple, and it’s the hallmark of the Duck Dynasty Effect.

You can read the blog in its entirety by clicking HERE.

h/t: Daily Mail


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  • eddie powell

    Born reared and lived off and on under sometimes those oppressive southern values for 65 plus years, one will attempt to give an objective view of the commonality of Mr. Robertson’s views. LGTB bashing and hatred will always have a life in this part of the south. Call it what one want to call it, but it will never die and over time, with this Tea Party mentality of a new lease on life, it is just getting worse for sure.. That is just being honest about a deep seated warped christian belief like this Robertson guy by many Whites and Blacks in this part of the South. Unlike racism, that is found on both sides of this insane color line, hatred and bashing of homosexuals in this part of the south has removed that “comparable color argument” from that line as a matter of fact. Born Black is a God made scientific fact. God don’t make mistakes and homosexuality is a self man made mistake these people always say for sure. Ask any adult racial group in this part of the south, and one will not be surprise to find a level of acceptance of skin color before homosexuality in any form… These types almost every time starts and ends by quoting the bible to justify their hatred of homosexuality in any form as a matter of some fact they conjure up for sure. The most frighten, possible violent, commonality here, as found with Robertson, are those warped southern so-called christian beliefs that their hatred of LGTBs are justified and ordained by the the same scripture that they all are continuing to mis-read. Furthermore, no amount of laws passed by the infidels are going to change their warped mindsets and that is a matter of fat for sure.

  • https://www.facebook.com/larry.dillon.58 Larry Dillon

    Gay boys should carry guns. Thin out that the ignorant redneck breeder herd. This Texas queen is locked and loaded 24/7 and will put a hillbilly 6 feet in a hole

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  • Karen Duncanwood

    What an eloquent voice this young man has. I hope he cherishes it, feeds it, protects it, and realizes the power of love that it holds. But I too agree that sometimes one has to separate from those closest to him if they refuse to love him as he is. Most of all, do what you need to do to be safe. Some of your family may eventually change, most probably won’t, and I know that is painful. But the reality is that if they are not open to learning to move beyond their bigotry even into simple acceptance, than that is their loss more than yours. You may need to build yourself a new family of those who do love you. Reach out to PFLAGG and others who can help along the way. I think you are beautiful, and am so very glad you have the courage to share your feeling and insights. From a straight, white older woman . . . . who is proud to have some gay nieces and nephews because of the wonderful people they are. Blessings!

  • Rob

    I would encourage anyone living in a family like that to just leave it if possible. Turn your back on them like they turn their back on you. Let them understand on their death beds that they lost the opportunity to get to know you.

  • Juliet

    Cue the people claiming that mere words can’t do anything. Or the ones telling us to ignore him.

    Every word spoken influences someone in some way. Words can inspire good people to help those in need; they can be misused to persuade good people that only the ‘deserving’ should receive any. Words can provoke violence in people who might otherwise simply lift a middle finger and mutter an insult. Or they can defuse those already carrying the torches and pitchforks.

    Phil Robertson adds to the ‘hate those who are different’ chorus. Another voice, another chance for someone to have their hate validated. People who read GQ are not the same people who read hunting/fishing magazines. So someone who dislikes gays (or blacks, or non-Christians, or whoever) picks up GQ and reads the interview that supports their viewpoint, thus making it just a little bit easier to disregard and dehumanize those who are ‘different.’

    Ignoring the bigots won’t make them go away. Keeping silent in the hope of not feeding the trolls is not the correct response. People must hear the contrary voices, and those voices must not descend to the haters’ level. We should question their obsession with other people’s lives, show why their hatred based on color or ethnicity or religion makes no sense, so that (with any luck) the audience stops to think about these issues.

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