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Adam Baldwin and I Had a Twitter War About Homophobia

May 1, 2013

I hate Twitter wars. I really do. I had never partaken in one before because I do enough dumb shit on my own that I never saw the point in going out of my way to do more and have it publicly broadcast and immortalized.

But today I decided to give it a go because, why not? I get trolled all the time, so I thought it’d be good to see what happens when I actually respond. Plus, it was Adam Baldwin.

It all started because of an article I wrote for TVGuide.com about Chris Broussard’s response to Jason Collins coming out. I described Broussard’s comments — in which he said homosexuality is a sin, homosexuality is an “open rebellion to God” and that Collins cant be a Christian because he’s gay — as homophobic a total of two times in the article (once in the headline, once in the lede), when I wanted to say so much more. But I refrained.

A little while later, I noticed this.

This tweet was the first time that 1.) I realized Adam Baldwin was on Twitter 2.) Realized that he’s a bigot 3.) Realized that he’s insane!

My Twitter mentions were suddenly filled with Christians saying I was “Christianphobic” and that I had misused the word homophobic, which promptly lead to me to Google and text a friend to make sure there wasn’t some weird, technical, and completely insane loophole where they might somehow be right (Spoiler Alert: There isn’t. But it’s good to always cover all your bases when dealing with crazies).

Adam and his cronies continued to discuss the issue, always including my handle so I’d be aware of their every, ignorant tweet. At one point, he even said ESPN should ask Muslim players their opinion on Collins because hey – that’s relevant, right?

Amused, I periodically checked my mentions to see the latest. I mean, how else would I know that Broussard was only trying to help?

I had no real plans to actually get involved until Adam implied that calling Broussard’s comments hateful was a sign of religious intolerance, repression of freedom of speech and un-American. (Oh, hell naw!)

So I engaged.

That went over real well, as I’m sure you can imagine.

Even though I knew that my continued interaction would only tarnish my own Twitter timeline (everyone looks like an asshole fighting in public. Especially when restricted to 140 characters at a time), it was too late. I was deep in the belly of the beast.

I attempted to explain that I wasn’t trying to invalidate anyone’s beliefs (though I strongly disagree with Broussard, he does have a right to think what he wants), but that I thought the time and place of his diatribe was inappropriate. Simply because Broussard was asked about Collins was not an open invitation to spread his prejudice and tell the majority of the world that they’re going to Hell. That’s just rude (to put it nicely).

I explained how Broussard’s comments were homophobic because there is absolutely nothing wrong with being gay, that it isn’t a sin and that simply because he also believes premarital sex is a sin (my bad!), that doesn’t make him any less of a bigot.

But no matter what I said, Baldwin continued harassing me to literally define the term homophobic. I ultimately gave in, though not before giving some Grade 8 sass.

Attempting to convey the full meaning of “homophobic” or any term that’s so weighted in 140 characters isn’t the easiest task, but fuck it. I gave it my best.

Too bad nothing’s good enough for Adam Baldwin.

Oh snap! How long do you think he’d had that zinger up his sleeve? I bet he was just baiting me for an excuse to use this “trump card” of his.

Yeah, right. Like that was ever going to happen.

Proving I really am 14 at heart, my wit continued to impress.

After getting that one last burn in, I called it quits. While it was a fun experiment, a Twitter war is never going to be the key to ending homophobia and prejudice, and it’s far too serious a conversation to be restricted by a character limit.

But who knows when I would have come to this conclusion, if it weren’t for my unlikely hero: porn star James Deen. While on Twitter to read Adam’s latest retort, I came across this tweet of Deen’s.

What an epiphany I had! This — this is what Twitter’s for! Not fighting with celebrities about social issues. It’s about having fun and humblebragging (or in Deen’s case, just plain bragging).

So screw you, Twitter wars. I’m done with you.

Though it was fun while it lasted!

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. May 1, 2013 2:55 am

    I think it is amazing that you can state in this post for fact that “being gay is not a sin”. While technically you are right, sodomy is the sin, and Jesus said “love the sinner, hate the sin”… I am curious to know how you came to the conclusion that God is cool with homosexuality. Did he appear to you and tell you this directly? You being apparently so religious and all…

    It is not “homophobic” to consider homosexual acts wrong. It is not “homophobic” to think that men sexually abusing boys contributes to a never-ending cycle of destruction. And it is not “homophobic” to wish any of that didn’t happen.

    Homophobia is best demonstrated by phrases like “Oh, that guy’s gay? I’ll never talk to him again!” or “Ew, don’t let that gay guy touch me, he might give me AIDS or something.” Homophobia (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homophobia) is “irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals”.

    It is indeed possible to not like something and not be “afraid” of it at the same time.

    I’m not sure what it is about atheists that makes them so religiously anti-religious (and makes them know everything, apparently), but it is indeed possible to tolerate someone and the things they do without having to like whatever it is they are doing. And for someone that seems to be all about “tolerance”, your little childish argument sure demonstrated your inability to practice what you preach.

    Next time you see Jesus, please tell him I said hi.

    • May 2, 2013 5:20 am

      It is not “homophobic” to consider homosexual acts wrong. Actually I do believe that is the definition. The only reason you would consider it wrong would be out of fear or misunderstanding. In the context of this she was arguing acts that happens between two consenting adults. I don’t understand why you felt the need to bring in sexual abuse. Using the same logic you use to deem homosexuality wrong: because heterosexual abuse happens heterosexuality is also wrong. I am entirely justified in wishing that no heterosexual happens. Also by stating its wrong you have an aversion to it. So by your own definition you are wildly inaccurate. Rereading your argument I also completely failed to take into account the fact that you asked if god told the poster he was down with homosexuality. One could ask the same thing in reverse. Did god tell you that he wasn’t down with homosexuality?

  2. Meno Tell permalink
    May 1, 2013 12:02 pm

    So, they were right, and you were wrong. But, they are the ignorant ones? And social equality will be achieved by you calling people names, but not by other people correcting your mistakes… what good could possibly come from that? Name calling! That is how to level the playing field.

  3. May 2, 2013 9:04 pm

    What did Jesus say about homosexuals? Answer = NOTHING!

  4. January 8, 2014 6:05 am

    Oh Dear, merciful God, why did you have to ruin Adam Baldwin for me? :’S

    I guess I shouldn’t be so surprised that someone raised in the 60s’ might feel that way, but… I just loved him so much you guys :(. He plays these bad-asses with a heart of gold in so many things that I adored him as an actor, and I always imagined in my mind that in real life he was just a giant teddy bear of pure, untainted awesomness. I suppose this was my naive 90s’ child brain getting ahead of itself.

    Learning that he’s even partially homophobic is heartbreaking for me. Of course, I’m not doubting that he’s a good person in real life that does a lot of good things for others, but having gay relatives and siblings myself, this subject strikes pretty close to home. I can’t say that this information is going to change my love for him as an actor, but it’s definitely going to be an eternal bummer whenever I think about it.

    Fucking Twitter. :'(

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