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Well, at least SOME corrective action was taken.

In light of the disgraceful news yesterday that Arkansas supermarket chain Harps had censored the new issue of Us Weekly for showcasing Elton John, his husband David Furnish, and their baby son on its cover, the company's President Kim B. Eskew has issued the following statement:

We have received a number of comments regarding an incident in our Mountain Home store involving the current issue Us Weekly Magazine depicting Elton John, David Furnish and their newborn son. I would like to explain how this happened. For many years we have provided each of our stores with shields which can be used at the manager's discretion to cover the front of magazines when they receive complaints from our customers regarding either the photo on the cover of the magazine or the titles of articles contained within the magazine. Sometimes those photos might be sexually provocative or too revealing. The magazine article titles might also be too suggestive for some customers. In this case our store manager received some complaints, and as has been our custom, placed the shield over the cover of the magazine. When we began receiving complaints at our corporate office, we reviewed the magazine in question, removed the shield and are selling the magazine in all our locations today without any shield. Our true intention is not to offend anyone in our stores and this incident happened at just one of our 65 locations, which when brought to our attention, we reversed.

Kim B. Eskew
President & COO
Harps Food Stores, Inc.

Wow.

We don't know what's worse - that there is so much hate in the world that people couldn't even walk by a magazine cover featuring two homosexual men and their child - what should be a happy, joyous occasion - without freaking out, or that the manager was convinced enough by these complaints to consider the image 'too suggestive' for the world to see!

We appreciate that they've made the effort to correct this offensive and ignorant move, but frankly, we're still horrified that this even happened in the first place.

Grow up, America. The LGBT community is NOT GOING ANYWHERE.

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116 comments to “Grocery Store Responds To Elton John Magazine Controversy”

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  1. 1

    I bet that Maxim cover doesn't have a "shield" on it though……..



  2. 2

    You're too quick to toss the word "hate" into things, which proves you to be a hateful, hypocritical shit. A person can dislike something, or not agree with you on something, and that doesn't automatically make that person "hate" it or you. Not everyone embraces homosexuality. Does that fact make the people who don't favor accepting gay haters? No. Most people don't give GAY much thought until in-your-face flamers like you shove it up their asses and down their throats. It has nothing to do with growing up, asshole. It's people like you who do more harm than good to the gay cause; it's people like you who make heterosexuals turn away. I think, Perez, that YOU are the HATER. It's time you fucked off.



  3. 3

    People take it a littttle too seriously. Two men can't hold a baby. Its not like they are on the cover naked.



  4. 4

    More homo agenda vitriol from you you fucking moron. Not covering of the mag cover, but your label of hate. In fact, most of this came about through ignorance, not hatred, there is a difference. But, if you put it like that, it wouldn't advance your agenda as much and fire people up. The fact is, not all people are filled with hate, alot of them are just ignorant, in the literal sense, and haven't got a clue. Learn how to decipher between the 2 you stupid bastard.



  5. 5

    I wanted to cry when I heard about that on Joy Behar last night. David and Elton look so incredibly happy to be sharing their beautiful son with the world and some people are too ignorant to let them. It's very sad. What ever happened to turning the other way? I mean everyone is entitled to their opinion, be it justifiable or not, but it's times like these that question my faith in people.



  6. 6

    A loving family is a family!
    Another babystep as we move forward to being ourselves & everyone living their truth.



  7. 7

    And I'll add one more thing… it's a "Family Shield" but it's covering up a happy FAMILY! That child is so fortunate to be raised in that household, much more fortunate than if he were raised by ANY of the people disgusting enough to actually complain about this.



  8. 8

    omg that was messed up that they covered it but now they uncovered it and thats good lool



  9. 9

    Another mountain out of a molehill for Perez! Shocker! I am a queer and let me tell you this…I'd cover up Elton Johns magazine to shield his UGLY ASS not because he is a home. No one really cares they have a kid. I sure as hell don't. People have kids EVERYDAY and don't get on the cover of a lame ass magazine. GROW UP PEOPLE.



  10. 10

    I think this is pretty sick. So if someone was racist and brought in a bunch of friends and they all complained about a magazine featuring ethnic minorities on the cover, would they cover that, too? sick. what's wrong with the world.



  11. 11

    i shielded my eyes when i saw the cover because it is painful to look at elton, he's so unattractive.



  12. 12

    fuckin rednecks. GET USED TO IT CAUSE EQUALITY IS COMING AND IT'S HERE TO STAY!!!!



  13. 13

    Re: April 20th – my thoughts exactly!



  14. 14

    YOU, MARIO, are CREATING MORE HATE, by CONTINUING THIS, JOY BEHAR, IF SHE IS DOING IT TOO. The CHAIN, responds to complaints by putting the SHIELD on. They have to, right away, because they DO NOT KNOW WHAT IS REALLY OFFENDING PEOPLE. When they sat down, looked at it and also saw that what ever complaints they had were from 1 STORE OUT OF 65, THEY ORDERED THE SHIELD OFF! most people buying the RAG, probably did not even know why it was on. (ACTUALLY, MARIO, PEOPLE PROBABLY LOOKED MORE!). and who knows, those 'complaints' could have been the same person/family making #s to make sure it was pulled.



  15. 15

    That is a family too, only that the couple is gay. It comes down to straight families thinking they are better than other people. It comes straight down to being good or bad.



  16. 16

    Re: twista – I have no problem with a gay couple adopting, and I don't care if the gay couple + baby are on the cover of a magazine. The thing is, though, that militant assholes like Perez don't want anyone to have the freedom to turn away from something they may find distasteful; Perez the parasite demands that everyone embrace homosexuality. There are those who think homosexuality is wrong, and who don't accept it. And that's their collective right to do so. Turning away or not accepting something as normal doesn't imply hate, but cesspools like Perez insist otherwise, creating negativity and hate. I think THAT should make you question your faith in people as much as anything else.



  17. 17

    Re: twista – Wow, you some fucking therapy if the covering of a mag cover almost brings you too tears. A bit high maint are we?



  18. 18

    Perez what are you going to do in ten years when there are even weaker cases homophobia than this for you to try and use for ratings for your site, you're going to have to learn how to creatively write I guess or you're fucked.

    I support gay rights, but you make your whole movement seem petty for some reason, it's annoying because I know so many gay people who don't try to cash in on their cause like you do.



  19. 19

    Some areas of the US are fundamentalist and have very strict religious codes.
    This earth plane is the place for maximum karmic opportunity.

    These folks tend to gravitate to their place of comfort.



  20. 20

    unfortunatly.. this is America…and growing up has nothing to do with it.. people will always have their own beliefs whether they are religious or taught from birth… not everyone is going to accept your ideals and unfortunatly thats just the way it is. *shrug* oh well.. life goes on.



  21. 21

    This happened down south, Perez. Does that really still surprise you that that sort of thing still offends people, ESPECIALLY down in the bible belt?! Come on now… ur the one who shocks me with your freakouts about the real world we are living in still not being 100% ok with your gay agenda. you have made progress, but stop pushing it. you have to accept that some people are stuck in their ways, and especially oldschool southern people arent going to be changing anytime soon. you cant MAKE people be more tolernt, so why do u act so shocked??



  22. 22

    Re: Dolly44 – Not even a valid comparison ya tard. Skin color is visualy recognizable at birth, and part of the public domain. Sexuality isn't. I don't think it was right to cover it but you hurt the cause when you make irrelevant rediculious statements like that. Comparing skin color to something that is taught to children on their parents own timeframe is just irresponsible.



  23. 23

    JFC, you prick…you're never satisfied, are you? Maybe the government should start paying you reparations or something.



  24. 24

    Store employees are expecting to serve their customers. If people complained about something that is obviously a sensitive issue for many people (gay couples raising children), it is the manager's job to rectify the situation to the best of his or her ability. I don't think the word "disgraceful" is really appropriate for this situation- nor is it really a big deal.



  25. 25

    Not everyone is OK with homosexuality, gay marriage and the like, so live with it. But personally, I'm OK with gayness and gay marriage and shit, but I strongly approve of putting that "Family Shield" over THAT one particular issue: Elton John and David Furnish are just plain icky.



  26. 26

    I am pro LGBT, but still think you need to wake up! Why would you think people wouldnt find this offensive???? This is America the home of the ignorant. Have you never heard of the Tea Party movement? The majority of our country is still not ready for a black president or same sex marriage. How is it that you think they will open for same sex parenting? Maybe you need to wake up and help educate instead of be offended.



  27. 27

    Mario, you are stirring up hate, hate against STRAIGHT PEOPLE. Again, the situation was quickly corrected, and YOU, I, US, do not know if it was a FEW PEOPLE or just ONE PERSON, complaining to this chain about the mag on the rack. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE SOME RACISM, EVERYONE, including YOU, MARIO,has some RACISM in them. Most of it out there though, is IGNORANCE. & Ignorance needs to be won over, NOT FOUGHT WITH WORDS LIKE HATE, STUPID, ETC. You, others, offend even more people by grouping everyone in those stores together as racists. There are shows with Gay Characters, Gay actors, etc out there. If there was SO MUCH HATE FOR THEM, these shows would not be on, due to hate mail campaigns against the companies that run ads through out the shows. I DO NOT SEE OR HEAR OF THEM. Again, maybe a few extreme people write, BUT NOT MOST OF AMERICAN



  28. 28

    Re: NookiesWA – Actually, YOU must have been born with bad corrupt genetics and as harsh as this sounds people like you who have so much hate in this world are a disgrace to society and a waste of space so go and fuck off. You are not valued in life and you are completely irrelevant. Its 2011 and people like you should just spontaneously combust for the sake of our society.



  29. 29

    " The LGBT community is NOT GOING ANYWHERE." We know, we just wish you would.



  30. 30

    Easy, Perez!
    They corrected the situation and wrote a statement about it. I take it. I see it as a step forward towards acceptance.
    Things ARE getting better as we speak, nothing is perfect, but it is so much better than it used to be.

    Please, try not to throw the word "hate" too easily. As an educator I teach my students to not even use that word, because people rarely truly hate, most of the time they dislike, or are comfortable…people who truly hate are people who lack wisdom and understanding of things/people/situations.



  31. 31

    Re: NookiesWA – holy shit. you are a HORRIBLE person. how the hell can you say that?! what the hell have they ever done to you?!



  32. 32

    if i saw that shit id rip it off and throw it. disgusting. america is disgusting. no hope for us.



  33. 33

    WHERE IS MY COMMENT, FATFUCK?????



  34. 34

    Perez often takes these issues personally and then claims "hate". I might have a hard time not taking incidents like this personally too if I were a lesbian, so I can understand that. But it isn't helpful to cry "hate" when ignorance is at fault. If people choose to believe homosexuality is a sin according to their religion, that's their right. They just need to be more tolerant and civil…reaching out in positive ways could lead to more understanding. I personally find it disheartening that the LGBT community faces issues such as these, but think that being the bigger person could go a long way towards showing those who are not tolerant that in that respect, at least, they are in the wrong.



  35. 35

    Why not worry about issues that really matter.
    Such a waste of energy on stupid meaningless shit.

    Wag the dog - misdirected attention to deter from the real issues. So sick of this.

    You know what? people don't care where you stick your dick - and also don't need to hear about it.



  36. 36

    are you f*cking kidding me. that is something beautiful that should not be covered up.



  37. 37

    seriously, eradicated? I think idiots like you should be eradicated.



  38. 38

    Re: Dolly44

    "I think this is pretty sick. So if someone was racist and brought in a bunch of friends and they all complained about a magazine featuring ethnic minorities on the cover, would they cover that, too? sick. what's wrong with the world. "

    ABSURD COMPARISON. You're comparing two men engaging in unnatural behavior which is condemned by most religions to being BLACK? You're either sick or stupid.



  39. 39

    Re: swinter27 – Well which the fuck is it rocket scientist? Is it coming, or is it already here to stay???



  40. 40

    This story is just terrible - as are some of the comments left here - I cant believe there are actually still so many close minded people. It was not ok whatsoever that this was covered up!..but in the company's defense it happened because of ONE manager - and in the managers defense, if he got enough complaints its simply company policy. Im not excusing it, but the real people who are to blame are the ones that had the nerve to complain in the first place - AND to the ignorant people who write disgusting comments on here - grow up…you say terrible things about perez, and think that its going to do anything? there is so much hatred on this site its disgusting - and 90% of it is from these comments



  41. 41

    Funny thing is… Who makes these unwanted babies? Heteros! Who choose not to take care of them? Heteros! And who is it that picks up after these a@*holes who make babies and don't take care of them? Gays!

    Homophobes need to get over themselves and clean their own houses first.



  42. 42

    "I'm not racist, I just don't like blacks"
    "I'm not anti-semetic, I just don't like Jews"
    "I'm not homophobic, I just don't like gay people"
    No, not hate based at all.

  43. tammi says – reply to this


    43

    So this is a big story??? It was a magazine cover. Some people will be offended. People sometimes get offended when moms breast feed in public, or straight couples show PDA. It's a personal preference, not hate. People have the right to be offended, just like people have the right to be gay. If gay people continue trying to force themselves down peoples throats, people are going to resist.



  44. 44

    it happened in Arkansas, if you have ever been there you would understand. This is where people meet at family reunions and get married like the generations before them!



  45. 45

    *yawn*

    Who else is sick of Perez's gay crusade when he's fucking ignorant himself? I am



  46. 46

    Re: NookiesWA – got a feeling you were molested as a child or just a plain ugly bitch



  47. 47

    Perez Hilton I am totally on your side! But you must know this…i find it facinating…my friend moved to alabama from the west coast about 3 months ago for school anyways she sends me a picture of the magazine rack where they have shields over SHAPE, FITNESS, and MENS HEALTH! we laghed so hard, you couldnt even see the top of the magazine the entire thing was covered with a little sticker with the magazines name on it so seeing this post didnt surprise me either, people are ignorant or biggots or just plain jerks or sadly enough for them, the most closeted of all if you hear what im sayin…peace out perez i got your back on this one



  48. 48

    This is just plain asinine.



  49. 49

    Re: The village Idiot Re: Andreea Babbar

    I don't "hate" gays. It's just I find them incredibly annoying. Organizations like GLAAD is what keeps homophobia alive, and they cause rational smart people like myself to get pissed off at them. Whenever I turn on the news,radio I always hear "Congress passes bill on gay marriage, Congress blah blah DADT blah blah"

    Thats nice, Our economy is in the crapper, Housing market sucks, People are living paycheck to paycheck, People are losing their homes, Rain forest are getting destroyed, we are still reliant on oil when we shouldn't be. Cities are getting owned by hurricanes but all these idiots do and care about is lifting DADT(which was designed to protect gays mind you) and gay marriage? ROFL right. Theres a million and one bigger problems in the world than a small minorities (gays) concern about marriage. When the divorce rate is 50% but thats all I'm hearing about….RIIIIGHT

    The worse part is, If you don't accept them with open arms your labeled a homophobe or ignorant. No, Come up with good argument and don't hide behind that minority protection.



  50. 50

    Hate? Just because I prefer sexually provocative magazines to be covered, this does NOT mean I HATE sex. The same applies for homosexual couples on magazines. Just because I would prefer the magazine to be covered, does NOT mean I HATE homosexuals.

    Instead, it may me one of several things:
    1. Maybe I don't want to explain it to my 3 year old who is not ready for me to explain the facts of life?
    2. Maybe I don't agree with it?
    3. Maybe every time I see Elton John, I have a seizure?

    The fact of the matter is this anything can offend anybody. You can't assume you know why it was offensive. Instead of assuming it is out of hate, take a step back and breathe. I'm so sick of people assuming that if you don't agree with his or her beliefs (i.e. opinions), that you are wrong and/or filled with hate. Get over yourself.



  51. 51

    Its not the hate in the world. Its the fact that some people dont want to have to have the conversation of Gay love with their 5-6 year old child.



  52. 52

    ooohhhhh, isn't Arkansas in the South?

    That's right, they'd be more comfortable having a ' brother and sister '

    holding their own baby on the cover.



  53. 53

    it seems to me that the problem in America is not wether accepting gay is good or anything… it seems to me that americans are just way too whiney! they see soemthing that seems "offensive" and they remove it… in Europe if you see something offensive you screw yourself get along with it and ignore it if you want, but no one is going to solve your little problems!

    If you dont like something (thats not against human rights) just ignore it but dont expect ppl to change it 4 u!



  54. 54

    Re: NookiesWA – what makes homophobia alive is the whiney way of thinking the americans and others in this world have…



  55. 55

    I do believe Perez promotes teen suicide when it comes to gay issues by plastering pictures of those who have died and he does misiform the public on A LOT of issues to serve an agenda. It truly hits a nerve in me when people in a small town ask for a picture of a family to be covered up.and there are people who think it is overreacting to be scared of this….it truly terrifies me. It is not OK.



  56. 56

    F#(k the LGBT community, so sick of this crap, all for such a small minority of whiny bitches.



  57. 57

    The magazine covers with coked out celebrities and headlines about how many times someone has gone to rehab should be blocked so my daughter doesn't see that kind of behavior is being glorified. A happy couple with a newborn is what most def should NOT be covered!!!



  58. 58

    AMEN Perez.

    PREACH.



  59. 59

    Re: NookiesWA – Are you even serious? You're a joke.



  60. 60

    Keep up the good work Mario/Perez education is ALWAYS the key. NO THING is TOO SMALL to report. We need to fight against the smallest act ignorance. Life isn't about being COMFORTABLE. We can't afford to wait til the IGNORANT are COMFORTABLE. Sweeping things under the rug is NEVER the answer just look what it's done to those hypocrites families. They can't live in a world where people are different. . . .Thus their future will be their punishment. Fools don't understand one day, they will work for a gay boss. Been seen by a gay doctor. pulled over by a gay cop, taught by a gay teacher.



  61. 61

    i'm straight so this doesn't really bother me BUT i still think it's utterly mad hahaa, makes me laugh
    the USA really needs to jump into the 21st centuary……. it's absolutely ridiculous the amount of censorship and ridiculous comments and worrying that goes on by people in a country that is apparently so "free"
    CHILL THE FUCK OUT IT'S ONLY A GAY hahahahaha!!!!!



  62. 62

    I'm so damn sick of you sexual deviants trying to shove your AIDS-infested cocks up our asses!!! THE MAJORITY likes the car in the garage - the VAGINA!

    TEAM HARPS!!! I wish Harp's was in my neighborhood - I'd shop there exclusively!



  63. 63

    Living in the 21st century doesn't mean we have to accept and tolerate innocent children being MENTALLY ABUSED by the unnatural union of same-sex deviants!

    And you lazy idiots who sit in front of the filth tube (TV) and let yourself be conditioned/brainwashed with the FILTHY DEVIANCY of homosexuality, etc. are aiding in the absolute fall of this once great country! I RESIST! And yes, I'm mad as hell!



  64. 64

    Yes, the LGBT seems to be here to stay…..now can you stop identifying all the gays and bitching about everything and get over yourselves??? Can't people just be people? The LGBT community seems to be hung on up labels and making things news that aren't news (Ricky Martin is gay, really, like no one knew that and who cares? Oh, he was promoting a CD at the time,,and lots of people adopt, big deal,,,) Suck it up….we all don't have to embrace all things gay or even care about who is gay and who isn't……I think it is time to stop visiting this web site, it is not what it used to be….it used to be funny and now it is all about the gays and how everybody does them wrong….



  65. 65

    Re: La Garse – nicely said!



  66. 66

    Get the fuck over it, Perez. It's time for YOU to grow up. It's impossible to please everyone and this makes that point - try to please some offended people, piss off the gays. Please the gays - piss off some straights. You are totally stirring up hate against straight people.



  67. 67

    Despite your thinking so this is not a gay or hate issue. This is a sexuality issue. It is my responsibility to determine when my young children are taught thinsgs regarding any type of sexual issue. Unlike you I don't think it is appropriate to shove sexual issues down small childerns throats. I don't want them seeing naked people, gay people, and/or otherwise "adult content" because it is not appropriate. It really is that simple.



  68. 68

    Re: MissMime – LMAO!!!!!



  69. 69

    Poor Elton. I don't know how he doesn't hate the world putting up with what he does. After all his help and contributions to society they cover him. Stupid parents get over it. Stop hiding crap from your kids. Everyone wonders why their kids are so messed up. That's the real world and seeing a gay couple isn't going to make your kids gay.



  70. 70

    Okay, not everyone has to accept gays and act like they approve. Im not very religious but I still have my opinions. Being gay is a choice, or atleast showing it is. Its NOT the same issue as being a certain ethnicity, or having a certain disease, so stop acting like everyone is an ass for not accepting gays. And most of the time people do not give a shit what your sexual orientation is, its your attitude they have a problem with. If you don't want to accept criticism, then keep your personal life to yourself. No one cares. And stop having an obnoxious attitude.

  71. Sam90 says – reply to this


    71

    of fuk off, see? that was done by AMERICANS themselves, stop expecting others to accept this lifestyle, hust becxause you are part of it, they dont agree, thats it



  72. 72

    PEREZ, IT'S FLAMING MEAN GIRL HATERS LIKE YOU THAT CAUSE PEOPLE TO THINK GAYS ARE FREAKS. YOU DO ABSOLUTELY NO JUSTICE TO NORMAL PEOPLE OF ANY ILK OR PERSUASION. NO WONDER THE GAY RIGHTS COMMUNITY WANTS NOTHING TO DO WITH YOU.



  73. 73

    Re: lilla194 – Please don't breed. Gay is not a choice.



  74. 74

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinions but they are not entitled to their own facts. The fact of the matter is that there is no evidence to support the moronic idea that people chose their sexuality and growing evidence to support the idea that sexuality is determined in the womb. Therefore, the comparison to race is valid since it is an immutable, inborn characteristic that has no impact on anyone except that person much like skin colour.



  75. 75

    Re: NookiesWA – wow. you should be like. beaten up and raped by fifty gay guys, or fifty lesbians, depending if ur a girl or guy. its fucking ignorant white trash hicks like you that make this country so fucked up.

    seriously go kill yourself. fucking ignorant.
    WHY DO HOMOPHOBES EVEN GO ON THIS WEBSITE?
    DO U KNOW WHO PEREZ IS???

    idiotsssssssssss



  76. 76

    It should be covered. Discussing homosexuality with my children should be MY choice. Just like explaining sex, it should be my choice when I tell them about that. You can live in your fantasy world, Perez, but the reality is that most Americans do not support homosexuality, and even more don't believe gay couples/individuals should be allowed to adopt a child or have one via surrogate. Having said that, I do wish more stores would either cover up magazines or not have them by the check out. I rarely take my kids to the store anymore just because of that-they don't need to read any of that.

    I'm sick and tired of these companies having to explain why they did something. It's THEIR store/establishment and if you don't like it, don't shop there. Are you going to be up in arms because they cover up Cosmo with half naked women on it? No, as long as they are straight women. Get a grip, people. All this PC crap has gone way too far. There will never be 100% equality. Never. It's just not human nature-we weren't designed that way and people will always have bias and prejudice. Don't you realize, Perez, that you're prejudice? You hate everyone that doesn't think the way you do. Like all the other dumb ass celebs that claim they're so open minded and non-judgemental (especially your stupid friend Lady GaGa). They are…. as long as people agree with them. As soon as they don't, they accuse people of hating others and being closed minded. You can't have it both ways.



  77. 77

    Re: ValuesRe: jonboy86 – LMAO. im guessing both, more so that there an ugly bitch tho.



  78. 78

    You ever think the manager was just doing his job? Don't try and make the manager out to be an evil person, he was doing his job. He got complaints, so he covered it. You can't expect everyone to be a gay rights activist and potentially lose his job because he didn't cover a magazine. Suppose he didn't cover the magazine and those same people who complained to him complained to corporate, their statement would have been a lot different than it is now and he would be out of a job.

    With that said, it is sad that people would complain about a magazine cover with nothing explicit on it.



  79. 79

    I am with u 100% on this Perez. GROW UP AMERICA FOR REAL! You can try to deny a gay man his rights but they aren't going anywhere. Love making out with girls in front of up tight motherfuckers. its okay if U dont like gay ppl that's a persons right just like its a persons right to OPENLY BE GAY! Fuck this country is getting uglier and uglier FULL OF HATE



  80. 80

    Re: April 20th – Yeah I am so tired of seeing almost naked women on magazine's in full view… It's fucking embarrassing.



  81. 81

    Re: tbizzle – All I can do is pity you. I know Perez distorts facts and exagerates, but your portrayal of Of gay people can only come from an ignorant place. I can only assume you had a prejudiced sad closed-minded upbringing and you weren't loved enough so you now can not love and accept others. I am not gay. Gay is not a choice. Teaching kids bigotry and gays are doing something bad is evil and wrong.



  82. 82

    LGBT community won't exist once doctors and scientists figure out how to correct these defects.



  83. 83

    Perez,
    That's the thing you need to learn, I don't know who taught you that the world is going to bow down to you, and if they don't…. you humiliate them (like you did this store). Everyone is discriminated against in SOME way. If you're not thin enough, if you're not a certain color, if you're not dressed normal, if you're skin is touched by ink and holes, if you had a kid young, if you've been divorced. THE list will never end, because EVERYONE in this world has something about them that someone else is NOT going to like. Everyone in the world is not writing a blog about it and making it a big deal at all. Because that is life….
    You say all gays must be accepted by everyone, not everyone is going to agree with that and that is just how it is! I'm not telling you to drop how you feel either, but you cannot force how you feel down people's throats. You're like that with political things as well and really, it's amazing… I'm 20 years old and I taught myself that it's not cool to shove how I feel down people's throats until they believe what I do. Come on now, how old are you?
    You need to learn to accept that it is life and you need to ignore ignorance to get through it mentally sane. You don't plan on accept people who don't like homosexuality either right? Isn't that what you're complaining about, accepting all?



  84. 84

    Re: JasonDiggy – I agree with you on that one. It is people's choices if they want to agree with homosexuality or not… that's up to them… but they can't say it's a bad home life to grow up with in a homosexual family. When I think of a bad home life… I think of parents divorced, sexual abuse, mental abuse… parents never home… not one of my thoughts of a bad home life include homosexuals… it never has. A lot of heterosexuals believe it's bad for a kid to grow up in that life style… well it's no different with a heterosexual family, because just as much harm can be done and just as much can be provided.



  85. 85

    Re: SaintThomas92 – Okay good common sense there, but hopefully you're speaking about people who do agree with homosexuality and people who don't. Because both parties need to just stfu and mind their own business if you ask me.



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    Re: eskimo kisses – That was ALSO very ignorant of you. Seriously go kill yourself? Why? Because they have an opinion. What are you going to to do if your boss says something you don't agree with? Say go kill yourself?
    Hahahahaha good luck in life ya fuckin nut.



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    get over it perez. some people don't like gays. i love em, but dont agree with them getting married or having children, but i would never judge them for doing so! everyone has a choice, and i would support them 100%. but just because some people are openminded doesn;t mean everyone is. the gay rights movement gets better everyday. so don't pretend like we're going backwards, because we definitely aren't.



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    Re: eskimo kisses – So you're trying to justify me BEING ANNOYED by gays with rape/beating? Nice logic, Oh wait never mind that was horrible. Fucking retard.

    Shut up before I smack you with my dick



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    Wow, those on the thread who immediately assign STEREOTYPES to all Arkansans realize the fallacy of your logic, right? By blanketly stating we all "want to marry a brother and sister" or other comments of a similar attitude, you too are then guilty of committing the same offense of those customers who filed the initial complaint. It just so happens that the majority of initial complaints about the shield were ARKANSANS, many from the very area of the store location. Perhaps a mirror would be a good tool to use before you assign mass generalizations. Less you forget, many of the world's largest and most successful corporations and non-profits were founded and are headquartered in ARKANSAS. Yes, it is a conservative state but there are plenty of my fellow Arkansans who stand up and shout when we see an injustice. Do your homework. Look up Arkansans Maya Angelou, J. William Fulbright, General MacArthur, Bill Clinton, Sam Walton, JB Hunt, Don Tyson, Wesley Clark, John Grisham… shall I continue? That's just a start. Also look up Heifer International, Winrock International, American Amputee Foundation, Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, etc. What state elected the first female senator? Oh yeah, that was Arkansas too. Learn a little before you type. Not too shabby for a state with a population smaller than most major metropolitan areas.



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    hahaha whoever did this congrats! haha gays should never be on the front cover,its just wrong, so suck it perez hilton



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    Seriously YOUUU PEREZ are the one who need to GROW UP! fucking iggggnorant!!!!! with your stupid attitude full of hate you are no helping AT ALL the process of accepting your community… you are acting just like they are. you SEEM to be very critical right?, but you are helping to stop progress related to those matters. please, grow up!



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    Re: Educated in Arkansas – Sam Walton was born in Oklahoma, MacArthur was an "army brat" whose father just happened to be stationed in Little Rock. Maya was born in St Louis. Seems like you might want to do some research. I don't think the morals free Bill Clinton is someone to brag up on. Arkansas is also home to the Duggers. I've been to Arkansas many times for business and stick by my original comments.



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    Re: darthschwartz – One can only hope.

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    You know the rest of the world laughs at the USA when our religious conservatives do crap like this.

    This is 2011 AD not 2011 BC, come to think of it the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians still had a more mature view of sexuality that these bible beating mouth breathers.



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    Re: Educated in Arkansas – PS Doe's in Fayetteville does cook some delicious steaks! That is something to be proud of.



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    I know that Elton John is gay since a long time ago, big deal!! people entitled to what sex preferrences they chosed. But I just know after reading in Perez, that Elton John is the wife here. Now I get it why sometimes Elton J. behaves like woman, I mean not gentlemanly.



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    Wow what the hell?



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    Re: MissMime – we could all come to your place ……



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    Re: Hesnotintou – if people don't care where I stick my dick then why are there so many hateful comments to this situation ?? wake up kid.



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    Re: xhollax – what do religious beliefs have to do with gayness ? gay behavior has been studied and identified in every species of mammal and many species of birds. what does religion have to do with science ? unnatural, you uneducated fool

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