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Homophobic rantings on the Atlanta metro

So familiar – two friends / lovers leaning on each other, one reading, one sleeping – how ordinary is that?

Very – but from the online reactions the ease and ordinariness of their friendship is their greatest offense – Rod McCollum at Rod 2.0 explains:

The image was snapped of two young men apparently on Atlanta’s MARTA and the Twitpic is entitled “No Excuse: I Don’t Give a F-ck How Sleepy You Are.” So far, the image has 12,400+ views and has produced three pages of mostly cruel, homophobic and hateful comments. There are dozens more comments across Twitter and the Twitpic has migrated to gay-baiting black gossip blogs. One perennial gay-baiting blogger has slammed the two young men as “homo-thugs”, ranted about HIV/AIDS and complained that “it’s become nearly impossible to distinguish heterosexual men from down low thugs.” Are “down-low” thugs hugged up on public transit? Probably not …

It’s a very sweet and innocent photo. According to the comments, it seems the young men’s primary offense, in addition to seemingly being gay, is that they are “normal looking” and apparently in love. More power to them. It’s too bad more people don’t have the courage to be themselves.

6 Comments

  1. I too saw this pic and the comments being made, but strangely felt only pity for those who seemingly lack the self-confidence to acknowledge that two human beings, regardless of their gender, can openly express trust for each other (and possibly love too), as is clearly depicted in this photo.

    Whatever it is that is happening in this photo, it is only about the two men involved, and nothing whatsoever to do with anybody else

  2. I too saw this pic and the comments being made, but strangely felt only pity for those who seemingly lack the self-confidence to acknowledge that two human beings, regardless of their gender, can openly express trust for each other (and possibly love too), as is clearly depicted in this photo.

    Whatever it is that is happening in this photo, it is only about the two men involved, and nothing whatsoever to do with anybody else

  3. Sokari

    Anengiyefa@ From the comments it seems people could not deal with the fact that the couple were so much at ease, so comfortable with each other and seemingly oblivious to the world and it’s homophobic neurosis. I have great admiration for both of them and their honesty.

  4. Anonymous

    It’s good you are still fighting.

    Regards

  5. Toemailer

    It is getting crazy in the US all that anger and hatred being directed towards gays. The “land of the free” still has a long way to grow up it seems.

  6. Leslie

    There is too much pain and mental illness in the black community that is played out as homophobia, violence, poor financial decisions and just plain ignorance. We need healing – therapy, prayer, love. These guys could be a gay couple, these guys could be brothers. And it’s a damn shame that we as a society have imprisoned black men in a cage that says that they cannot show affection or love or closeness of any kind in public.