Dharun Ravi was not charged with fraud, larceny or assault. His “crime” was being an asshole, and because the unintended victim of his boorish behavior was gay, he could spend the next 10 years in prison.
What the jury had to decide, and what set off debate outside as well as inside the courtroom, was what Mr. Ravi and Mr. Clementi were thinking.
Had Mr. Ravi set up the webcam because he had a pretty good idea that he would see Mr. Clementi in an intimate moment? Had he targeted Mr. Clementi and the man he was with because they were gay? And had Mr. Clementi been in fear?
Without Mr. Clementi to speak for himself, that last question was perhaps the most difficult to determine, and jurors struggled with it.
If Clementi had been with a woman do you think Ravi would have been prosecuted? Maybe for invasion of privacy, but Clementi’s sexuality made it easier for prosecutors. Apparently it was the “hate,” and the target of the bias, that raised Ravi’s voyeurism to the level of a crime.
And was hate even a component? There was no evidence that Ravi was a raging homophobe. In fact, on the day Clementi killed himself, Ravi, who was unaware there had been a suicide, texted Clementi and with an apology: “I’ve known you were gay and I have no problem with it.”
Obviously Clementi was devastated when he discovered his sexual encounter with another man had been captured via webcam. But blaming Ravi for his death is beyond unfair.
Proponents have seized upon the jury’s verdict as a strike against bullying, but we’re talking college students here. Where does it end?
Could I be next?
More proof :
Three women identified by their lawyers as lesbians were arraigned yesterday on a hate crime charge for allegedly beating a gay man at the Forest Hills T station in an unusual case that experts say exposes the law’s flawed logic.
“My guess is that no sane jury would convict them under those circumstances, but what this really demonstrates is the idiocy of the hate-crime legislation,” said civil liberties lawyer Harvey Silverglate. “If you beat someone up, you’re guilty of assault and battery of a human being. Period. The idea of trying to break down human beings into categories is doomed to failure.” …
She said the victim, who suffered a broken nose, told cops he believed the attack was “motivated as a crime because of his sexual orientation” since the three women “called him insulting homophobic slurs.”
But attorney Helene Tomlinson, who represented Sanford, told the judge her client is “openly identified as a lesbian … so any homophobic (conduct) is unwarranted.” She said the alleged victim was the aggressor and used racial slurs: “He provoked them.”
What if they had been bi?
(via Andrew Sullivan)
Masochist that I am, I have nonetheless managed to avoid “Glee.” A troublemaking friend, mindful of my disdain for musicals and gay cliches, directed me to this clip just to get my reaction. Expletives deleted.
I’m embarrassed for us all.
It can make for a thorny predicament if you’re gay and in a committed relationship with your twin brother.
Our dilemma is how to deal with our increasingly nosy family and friends. They know we’re gay, and we live in a state where same-sex marriage is legal, so we’re getting pressure to settle down.
One Million Moms, a front group for the Christian fundamentalist American Family Association, is “offended” by JC Penney’s decision to hire Ellen DeGeneres as a spokesperson.
By jumping on the pro-gay bandwagon, JC Penney is attempting to gain a new target market and in the process will lose customers with traditional values that have been faithful to them over all these years.
Newt on marriage. And yes, he drops the “F” word for the millionth time.
On the “30 Rock” episode, Tracy Jordan, the character Morgan plays, sparked a protest after making a couple of ridiculous gay-oriented jokes at a club date.
A contrite Jordan mistakenly apologizes to the makers of Glad bags, rather than to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, known as GLAAD.
It’s a shame the gay indignation councils will receive credit for the cancellation of a clearly horrible sitcom.
I doubt many, if any, transgendered people were that bothered by “Work It” — after all, it is a broad “comedy,” much like drag shows. (For those overly sensitive types, including the token straight guy who works for a local gay publication, I’m aware not all transgendered people are drag queens.)
It’s the indignation councils who pose the greater threat. If we were disabled they’d demand people call us handicapped.
I’d prefer not to be symbolized by a queen coiled up in fetal position screaming “shame” at passersby.
Better stock up on booze and confetti because we’re only hours away from the gayest date on the calendar, Jan. 13, the day flamboyant game show mainstays Rip Taylor and the late Charles Nelson Reilly were born.
Gary Busey and Ted Haggard are swapping wives — for our entertainment, of course.
Ah, the sanctity of marriage.
And a moron shall lead them. I know, she’s done a lot of work against bullying and on behalf of gay marriage, but that’s just playing to the base. Let’s not confuse building an audience with courage.
Regardless, self-aggrandizing phonies annoy me.
More annoying people of 2011 here — check back for THE most annoying person(s?) of the year that was.
I’ve long complained about gays embracing cultural stereotypes but I never thought it would come to this.
Ex.: Rosie O’Donnell, who perpetuates the prevailing wisdom that gays need to be protected, defended and patronized. We’re not all victims, and asking for that kind of treatment will lead to a state of perpetual dissatisfcation. And lots of feuds.
- Letterman: “It’s not okay for you to say unfunny jokes where the bottom line is, ‘Isn’t Rosie a dyke?’”
Is she not? What else is off-limits?
- Trump: “I remember during his tirade about me [a few years ago], I was expecting the National Organization for Women to say, “It’s not okay for you to do this.” But they didn’t. So then I figured, this go-round, I will be my own National Organization for Women. It’s not okay — it’s not okay.”
Deputizing yourself as the arbiter of okay is a feature shared by would-be fascists. Decide for yourself what’s acceptable but don’t expect the world to follow your rules.
Here’s a simple maxim: If you’re more offended than one of the professional indignation councils, you’re a tad hypersensitive.
And you sure as hell aren’t a role model.