It’s not what he said, though what he said was ignorant. It’s how aggressively he said it, and who he said it about. Shirvell is a middle-aged professional who should have better things to do than harass a college student, as he’s been doing regularly on a blog dedicated to the kid for the last six months.
On “AC 360,” Shirvell made no apologies for his blog postings, which include a picture of Armstrong with “Resign” written over his face. The same picture also had a swastika superimposed over a gay pride flag, with an arrow pointing toward Armstrong.
He even held a solo protest in front of Armstrong’s residence one night. That’s beyond creepy. I know I’d be fired if I did that. You shouldn’t be able to shit can someone because of who they hate, but you should be able to axe them when they make that hate so public — especially if the hater is a public servant.
Shirvell has taken a leave of absence but has not been fired. I suspect that will change when they find gay porn on his computer, which seems inevitable considering the evidence and what we’ve come to expect from such aggressive homophobes.