Former 'Seinfeld' Star Apologizes For Allegedly Homophobic Remark

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    Jun 03, 2012 6:32 PM GMT
    "...[Jason] Alexander took some heat in the blogosphere last week after he deemed cricket a "gay sport," and even referred to the cricket pitch as "queer" and not manly.

    "You know how I know it's really kind of a gay game? It's the pitch," Alexander noted in the interview, as cited by Towleroad. "It's the weirdest… It's not like a manly baseball pitch; it's a queer British gay pitch." ..."


    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/03/jason-alexander-cricket-is-gay-apology_n_1566051.html
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    Jun 03, 2012 7:19 PM GMT
    Insulting gays and Brits in one go. Great job.

    He learned his lesson quickly... maybe too quickly.

    He never mentioned anything about how he thinks gay and manly are polar opposites.
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    Jun 03, 2012 11:43 PM GMT
    I remember right after Seinfeld he did a movie called "Love! Valour! Compassion!" where he played a gay man with AIDs or maybe his lover was the one with it? It was a pretty touching performance and he got a lot of kudos from the gay press for it. I don't think he is really homophobic.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119578/plotsummary
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    Jun 03, 2012 11:48 PM GMT
    There was nothing to be upset over in the first place. Freaking out over someone saying "cricket is gay" and the like, will come back to slap us in the face one day. Save the bitchin for when someone REALLY attacks us.
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    Jun 03, 2012 11:51 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidThere was nothing to be upset over in the first place. Freaking out over someone saying "cricket is gay" and the like, will come back to slap us in the face one day. Save the bitchin for when someone REALLY attacks us.
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    Amen to that. I'll be honest. I say, "That's gay" all the time. Words only have meaning if you allow them to. People need to stop being so sensitive.
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    Jun 04, 2012 1:01 AM GMT
    Recently worked with Mr. Alexander. Could not be nicer and more down to earth.

    He didn't mean anything by it. He wrote a really great tweet concerning gay marriage below. I believe 100% that these are the true words of this man:


    This will be a very sensitive area... the vote against same-sex marriage in North Carolina today. I realize and respect the sensitivity.

    Many voting against are doing so out of religious conviction that same sex couples are an abomination. The fact that homosexuality runs throughout all of nature and certainly throughout all human history does not seem to dissuade them. Even though the Almighty must have some reason for such an abundant creation. However, I learned long ago that arguing faith is unproductive. The very essence of faith is that there is no other way to support it other than faith. And so, poking at it only serves to aggravate those who hold faith near and dear. And I do not wish to aggravate anyone.

    In recent history, I have perceived a move toward understanding and accepting homosexuals. My personal encounters around the country and world have allowed me to be constantly surprised by the evolving generosity toward the gay community. And I am so deeply pleased by that.

    Gay men and women have been part of my life for as long as I can remember. They have played important roles in my education and my career. They are leaders in my chosen field. And, here's the cliche - some of my very dearest friends are gay men and women. While I understand the differences between them and myself and my other straight friends and family - the differences have never felt significant to me, even when I was a child. Homosexuals are not "other" to me. They are simply part of my world.

    As someone who has closely held bonds with many homosexuals, I can only wish them a full, joyous, successful life. I have wonderful relations with gay couples and gay families. I must tell you, they are some of the most loving and most successful couples and families I know. Maybe because they must work so much harder at times to survive.

    When the subject of marriage comes up for them, I cannot but understand, sympathize and fully support their wish and their right to marry. As I would for any mature, adult, loving, dedicated people.

    Marriage has two components - spiritual/religious and legal. It is my understanding and my belief that no religious institution can or should be forced by any government or law to condone or support anything that is antithetical to its core beliefs and practices. Hence, no church or temple or mosque or religious group with spiritual authority should ever be forced to perform a marriage they cannot support.

    But likewise, the legal contract of marriage is a binding document between two adults (usually) who have made a commitment to each other and are seeking both the rights and responsibilities of marriage. No marriage is legal without it. Few rights can be conferred without it. And it seems to me that constitutionally, this contract cannot and should not be withheld based on gender. Just as rights of employment, education, security, housing and others cannot be withheld due to gender or sexual preference. This part of marriage is a binding contract. There is no basis with which to withhold it from these couples.

    Even if I were to lay aside my personal relations with the gay community, I would still have to believe that by the founding laws of this nation and our constitution, we cannot withhold these rights.

    Now, I understand this is not a universally held view. I have already received some pretty nasty responses from my urging North Carolinians to not vote for regressive measures on this subject. But why do our differences always have to be met with nastiness and cruelty? You don't have to agree with me and others who are like-minded, but why respond with profanity, character assassination, juvenile jibes, etc? It seems to me that these are the tools of the inarticulate, the petty and weak-minded. Surely we can disagree without resorting to that.

    Lastly, there are those who say "celebrities" should stick to entertaining and shut up about their opinions. That somehow being recognizable means also being uninvolved and muted. Telling someone else, anyone else to "shut up" is the essence of immaturity. It's like putting your fingers in your ears and going, "Nyah, nyah, nyah". I didn't ask for celebrity nor do I flaunt it. I just go through my life, trying to do good and decent things, and making people laugh for a bit or at least occasionally distracting them from the less enjoyable aspects of daily life. But it doesn't mean I surrendered my right to be a member of society or a complete human being at the door. If you disagree with me, fine. You have every right to do so and say so. You can enter the conversation with respect and decency and maybe we'll learn from each other and affect each other. Or for those who cannot even tolerate the thought that someone might believe differently than they, they can ignore me. I'd say those are a pretty good range of choices.

    So, to end a long winded tweet -- I fervently hope that North Carolina does not go down this path of discrimination. Not only are they trying to prevent a right that I think is deserved but they are seeking to undo settled law and break asunder committed, loving and decent people's hearts and lives - people who have done them no harm and pose no threat. It is a hateful legislation. It is on the wrong side of nature and the wrong side of history - in my opinion. And regardless of the outcome, I want the gay community to know that those who would support such legislation, though vocal when challenged, are an ever-diminishing minority.

    I wish everyone reading this - regardless of sexual preference - love and joy and a full life with the person of their choice.
    Thanks, JA.
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    Jun 04, 2012 1:21 AM GMT
    Scruffypup saidThere was nothing to be upset over in the first place. Freaking out over someone saying "cricket is gay" and the like, will come back to slap us in the face one day. Save the bitchin for when someone REALLY attacks us.


    Seriously. I think sometimes we (society) get way oversensitive to things.
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    Jun 04, 2012 1:23 AM GMT
    this is a non story...sensitivitiy run amok
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    Jun 04, 2012 2:55 PM GMT
    That's ridiculous! Baseball is way gayer.
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    Jun 04, 2012 3:22 PM GMT
    jerseywoof saidthis is a non story...sensitivitiy run amok


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    Jun 04, 2012 3:30 PM GMT
    Haven't people learned anything? Football is the gayest sport, and all the guys who play or watch it only do so to see muscular men in tight pants jumping all over each other for a ball.
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    Jun 04, 2012 3:38 PM GMT
    jerseywoof saidthis is a non story...sensitivitiy run amok


    Completely ! Besides, he's a Yank so of course he's going to assume anything British is gay icon_lol.gif

    We all have our moments where we don't think before we speak candidly. God if someone listened in on some of my conversations with friends I'd be labelled worse than Hitler ! icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 04, 2012 3:52 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidThere was nothing to be upset over in the first place. Freaking out over someone saying "cricket is gay" and the like, will come back to slap us in the face one day. Save the bitchin for when someone REALLY attacks us.



    ^^^^ THIS ^^^^ My god, even many gays are embarrassed over the hissy fits thrown by the overly-ridiculously-sensitive types over every little comment including the word "gay" --- sheeeeesh! Countdown to the HRC demanding we boycott ALL "Seinfeld" reruns in 5---4---3---2---icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 04, 2012 4:08 PM GMT
    We have to consider what was actually said. This was not some celebrity saying something like, "I would kill my son if he turned out to be gay." Alexander's words were more just light humor and nothing out of line of the type of joking we do in these forums. There is a difference and we need to learn to distinguish between words that are actually hateful and those that were not meant to be offensive and had no ill will to the gay community. One Million Moms seem to protest everything, no matter how minor, and they've lost some legitimacy for their arguments among even some of those that are generally against gay rights and gay marriage and we don't want to get an image like that on our side.
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    Jun 04, 2012 6:11 PM GMT
    Tennis is gayer...and I love it!
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    Jun 04, 2012 7:21 PM GMT
    Why would gay men excuse, minimize, and defend the word "gay" becoming associated with "stupid, lame, and not manly"? Why not call cricket a Jew sport, or a black sport? Why is "gay" automatically code for something negative?

    It is a problem with gay men is that too many don't realize when they're being castrated and emasculated and don't care when they do realize it.
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    Jun 04, 2012 7:25 PM GMT
    Jared Alexander who?
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    Jun 04, 2012 7:43 PM GMT
    TroyAthlete saidWhy would gay men excuse, minimize, and defend the word "gay" becoming associated with "stupid, lame, and not manly"? Why not call cricket a Jew sport, or a black sport? Why is gay automatically code for something negative?

    It is a problem with gay men is that too many don't realize when they're being castrated and emasculated and don't care when they do realize it.

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    Jun 05, 2012 12:47 AM GMT
    TroyAthlete saidWhy would gay men excuse, minimize, and defend the word "gay" becoming associated with "stupid, lame, and not manly"? Why not call cricket a Jew sport, or a black sport? Why is "gay" automatically code for something negative?

    It is a problem with gay men is that too many don't realize when they're being castrated and emasculated and don't care when they do realize it.


    because living in a world of political correctness is no fun.

    but seriously its about picking and choosing battles and understanding situations. I do not want to live in a world where my every word is analyze and critique..some sort of totalitarian state where everyone has to think and talk alike. Its called relaxing and you do not have to save the world everytime someone says something that isnt pc
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    Caslon19000 said
    TroyAthlete saidWhy would gay men excuse, minimize, and defend the word "gay" becoming associated with "stupid, lame, and not manly"? Why not call cricket a Jew sport, or a black sport? Why is gay automatically code for something negative?

    It is a problem with gay men is that too many don't realize when they're being castrated and emasculated and don't care when they do realize it.

    +1

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    Jun 05, 2012 1:02 AM GMT
    except Jason Alexander is not a homophobe.

    and I can pretty much guess that each gay person has never ever had an improper word come out of his mouth about someone....righticon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 05, 2012 1:03 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidHaven't people learned anything? Football is the gayest sport, and all the guys who play or watch it only do so to see muscular men in tight pants jumping all over each other for a ball.

    And the problem with that is? I prefer the guys in tight pants with less pads, a big cup and running around the diamond but either way....tight is good, no?
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    Jun 05, 2012 1:06 AM GMT
    jerseywoof saidexcept Jason Alexander is not a homophobe.

    and I can pretty much guess that each gay person has never ever had an improper word come out of his mouth about someone....righticon_rolleyes.gif

    Nobody gives a shit what his intention was.
    Prominent and public people should not use the word gay for bad/unmasculine. It engenders and supports negative gay stereotypes.
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    Jun 05, 2012 1:07 AM GMT
    oh and gay people do not do this ALOT