ABC's "What Would You Do" profiles the murder of Jose Sucuzhanay, the man who was mistakenly thought to be gay and was murdered for it. But they skipped the gay bashing part.

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    Mar 18, 2009 2:43 AM GMT
    I'm more than a little disappointed about the ABC show "What Would You Do" and their treatment of this infamous incident. Everyone here has probably heard about the case of Jose Sucuzhanay. He was walking home from a bar, arm in arm with his brother. Two thugs thought they were gay and beat Jose to death.

    The show "What Would You Do" profiled the case on tonight's episode. But incredibly, they skipped the gay bashing angle altogether and only presented it as an anti-immigrant bashing. According to the ABC website, "police said it was a hate crime, committed because Sucuzhanay was Hispanic." Because he was Hispanic? Try because the perpetrator thought he was gay.

    Why would they so deliberately misrepresent this case?
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    Mar 18, 2009 6:31 AM GMT
    One can only ask why, but keep in mind gay bashing is a hate crime in half of our states. Gay hate crimes are largely under reported according to many.
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    Mar 18, 2009 6:40 AM GMT
    They don't want to offend the moral majority at insinuating such a hideous accusation at a dead man, that it matters more to keep his 'dignity' rather than speak the truth perhaps?
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    Mar 18, 2009 9:22 AM GMT
    Well I think it shows a severe lack of judgment on their part. I have to really consider the credibility of this type of show if it does not share 'all' the information so people can make a fair assessment of the material.
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    Mar 18, 2009 9:33 AM GMT
    Do we know that for sure? I remember the case, but I have forgotten how they knew it was a gay bashing.

    I'd be certain of the motive before "crying wolf."

    I think some people cry discrimination/hate crime all too quickly in general... which hurts the validity of those who truely do experience hate crimes.

    But speciafically with this case... I forget. Didn't the attackers yell out gay slurs?
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    Mar 20, 2009 6:09 AM GMT
    cjcscuba1984 saidDo we know that for sure? I remember the case, but I have forgotten how they knew it was a gay bashing.
    I'd be certain of the motive before "crying wolf."
    I think some people cry discrimination/hate crime all too quickly in general... which hurts the validity of those who truely do experience hate crimes.
    But speciafically with this case... I forget. Didn't the attackers yell out gay slurs?
    Yes they yelled gay slurs according to the earlier reports

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2008/12/13/2008-12-13_victim_in_hate_assault_jose_sucuzhanay_h.htmlAn Ecuadorean immigrant viciously beaten by men who yelled anti-Hispanic and anti-gay slurs at him and his brother has died, nearly a week after the attack, a family spokesman said Saturday.

    also
    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2008/12/09/2008-12-09_brooklyn_victim_of_bias_attack_jose_sucu.html
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/09/nyregion/09assault.html?ref=nyregionThree men came out of the car shouting at the brothers, Jose and Romel Sucuzhanay — something ugly, anti-gay and anti-Latino. Vulgarisms against Hispanics and gay men were heard by witnesses, the police said. One man approached Jose Sucuzhanay, 31, the owner of a real estate agency who has been in New York a decade, and broke a beer bottle over the back of his head. He went down hard.
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    Mar 20, 2009 6:12 AM GMT
    Sedative saidThey don't want to offend the moral majority at insinuating such a hideous accusation at a dead man, that it matters more to keep his 'dignity' rather than speak the truth perhaps?
    This is one of the reasons why gay hate crimes legislation can't pass in some states, because the so-called moral majority will sweep it under the rug.