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2013-12-18 08:24:17 AM
The level of homophobia in the ESPN comments on this story have been both disgusting and, sadly, unsurprising.

I fear that the increased level of interconnectivity afforded to all of us through the advent of the Internet is simply going to cause bigots to become more staunch in their ass-backwardsness, because they're no longer being shouted down and treated as social pariahs at every turn.  Now they have a home among like minded assholes, for better or worse.

Maybe it's no different than it's always been, and instead it just exposes the true nature of humans to those of us who were naive enough to have higher hopes.
 
2013-12-18 09:09:16 AM
www.bob-owens.com
 
2013-12-18 09:19:21 AM
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This man clearly has no sexual preference issues.
 
2013-12-18 09:34:20 AM
Good, I hope a lot of countries do this to shine a light on the terrible human rights abuses committed by Russia

/free that vagina band
 
2013-12-18 09:38:30 AM
Fabulous
 
2013-12-18 09:42:26 AM
Never before has a Democrat sent a member of a discriminated class to a bigoted European country that's hosting the Olympics. This is unprecedented, and disrespectful to the ideals of the host nation.
 
2013-12-18 09:43:49 AM
I didn't vote for him x 2 but he's the President and good for him!

/Please don't pick on my religion and I won't pick on your freedom to be fabulous in every which way.
 
2013-12-18 09:44:29 AM
The US should have boycotted these games. And not just for the gay issue.

/They also shouldn't be going to Rio, but that's more out of safety issues than political reasons.
 
2013-12-18 09:46:44 AM
Clearly understood, but setting it up so if they respond, Russia is the only one who looks like an asshole. 7.5/10.
 
2013-12-18 09:48:47 AM

Gonz: Never before has a Democrat sent a member of a discriminated class to a bigoted European country that's hosting the Olympics. This is unprecedented, and disrespectful to the ideals of the host nation.


4/10, you'll get some bites from folks who haven't had their coffee yet.
 
2013-12-18 09:51:13 AM
This year's group is led by former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Others in the delegation include U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, figure skater Brian Boitano and presidential adviser Rob Nabors.

I hope he kicks an ass or two.
 
2013-12-18 09:53:38 AM

Gonz: Never before has a Democrat sent a member of a discriminated class to a bigoted European country that's hosting the Olympics. This is unprecedented, and disrespectful to the ideals of the host nation.


It's different with athletes and delegates. The President doesn't personally pick the athletes. Or were you thinking of someone other than Jesse Owens?
 
2013-12-18 10:01:13 AM

Dust: The level of homophobia in the ESPN comments on this story have been both disgusting and, sadly, unsurprising.

I fear that the increased level of interconnectivity afforded to all of us through the advent of the Internet is simply going to cause bigots to become more staunch in their ass-backwardsness, because they're no longer being shouted down and treated as social pariahs at every turn.  Now they have a home among like minded assholes, for better or worse.

Maybe it's no different than it's always been, and instead it just exposes the true nature of humans to those of us who were naive enough to have higher hopes.


To the same extent, we should be able to use the internet to more swiftly smack these people over the head about their stupidity and drive them to the deepest, darkest corners of the internet... where the Gorgor awaits...
 
2013-12-18 10:16:04 AM
Wait 'til they see who's playing the national anthem for us.

static.guim.co.uk
 
2013-12-18 10:19:34 AM

Dust: The level of homophobia in the ESPN comments on this story have been both disgusting and, sadly, unsurprising.


the ESPN comment boards have always been cesspools of trolls and random, regressive social discussions. I haven't paid attention to them in a long time, but I remember simple, pointless articles, like "'Aaron Rodgers is really good', says coach McCarthy" becoming a 2,000 post war of "hurr durr gay people lol".
 
2013-12-18 10:24:27 AM

Killer Cars: the ESPN comment boards have always been cesspools of trolls and random, regressive social discussions.


ftfy
 
2013-12-18 10:24:34 AM

nmrsnr: Gonz: Never before has a Democrat sent a member of a discriminated class to a bigoted European country that's hosting the Olympics. This is unprecedented, and disrespectful to the ideals of the host nation.

It's different with athletes and delegates. The President doesn't personally pick the athletes. Or were you thinking of someone other than Jesse Owens?


I'm going to go out on a limb and assume that's snark by Gonz, due in large part with the specificity he provides in the situation.  But he got the bites, so all the credit to him.

Also, despite Sochi basically being in Europe (about as close to Europe as a Russian city can be) Russia is an Asian country.  Thus, his entire point is clearly invalidated.
 
2013-12-18 10:26:37 AM
And that, my friend, is how you do it. You don't boycott. You do whatever it is you want personally- Obama himself isn't showing up- but the athletes go. It's their moment, you don't take it away from them. They go, they wave the flag, they line up on the field, and- this is the important part- they take every medal they can get their hands on. They make the people they're pissed off at choke down the image of them on top of the medal stand.
 
2013-12-18 10:28:20 AM

Killer Cars: Dust: The level of homophobia in the ESPN comments on this story have been both disgusting and, sadly, unsurprising.

the ESPN comment boards have always been cesspools of trolls and random, regressive social discussions. I haven't paid attention to them in a long time, but I remember simple, pointless articles, like "'Aaron Rodgers is really good', says coach McCarthy" becoming a 2,000 post war of "hurr durr gay people lol".


A typical over/under on "posted comments before an unrelated story is tied to politics" is about 6.5 on ESPN.  In this case, .5.

I'm surprised we haven't seen a story about the Packers/Cowboys game with an "Obama told the NFL to make the Cowboys lose because Texas is a red state" comment with about 157 thumbs up.
 
2013-12-18 10:31:24 AM

Dust: The level of homophobia in the ESPN comments on this story have been both disgusting and, sadly, unsurprising.

I fear that the increased level of interconnectivity afforded to all of us through the advent of the Internet is simply going to cause bigots to become more staunch in their ass-backwardsness, because they're no longer being shouted down and treated as social pariahs at every turn.  Now they have a home among like minded assholes, for better or worse.

Maybe it's no different than it's always been, and instead it just exposes the true nature of humans to those of us who were naive enough to have higher hopes.


just like the atheists...
 
2013-12-18 10:35:47 AM

Gosling: And that, my friend, is how you do it. You don't boycott. You do whatever it is you want personally- Obama himself isn't showing up- but the athletes go. It's their moment, you don't take it away from them. They go, they wave the flag, they line up on the field, and- this is the important part- they take every medal they can get their hands on. They make the people they're pissed off at choke down the image of them on top of the medal stand.


I think I saw this movie once. Gymnasty 27.
 
2013-12-18 10:37:51 AM
www.vanityfair.com
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www.reactionface.info
 
2013-12-18 11:07:50 AM

kbronsito: This year's group is led by former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Others in the delegation include U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, figure skater Brian Boitano and presidential adviser Rob Nabors.

I hope he kicks an ass or two.


Came for this, leaving satisfied.

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2013-12-18 11:13:33 AM

kbronsito: This year's group is led by former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Others in the delegation include U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, figure skater Brian Boitano and presidential adviser Rob Nabors.

I hope he kicks an ass or two.


'cuz that's what Brian Boitano would do!
 
2013-12-18 11:22:40 AM

Dust: The level of homophobia in the ESPN comments on this story have been both disgusting and, sadly, unsurprising.

I fear that the increased level of interconnectivity afforded to all of us through the advent of the Internet is simply going to cause bigots to become more staunch in their ass-backwardsness, because they're no longer being shouted down and treated as social pariahs at every turn.  Now they have a home among like minded assholes, for better or worse.

Maybe it's no different than it's always been, and instead it just exposes the true nature of humans to those of us who were naive enough to have higher hopes.


And it's even better because it's Facebook now, so they can't hide behind some fake name. And trust me, companies look at the social media accounts of their staff and prospective employees. Those comments will come back and bite them eventually.
 
2013-12-18 11:37:41 AM

EyeballKid: Killer Cars: the ESPN comment boards have always been cesspools of trolls and random, regressive social discussions.

ftfy


I'm not sure which is worse: ESPN, IMDB, Youtube, or Yahoo comments.  Anytime I find myself reading them I think my brain might start leaking out my ears.
 
2013-12-18 11:47:31 AM

Droog8912: EyeballKid: Killer Cars: the ESPN comment boards have always been cesspools of trolls and random, regressive social discussions.

ftfy

I'm not sure which is worse: ESPN, IMDB, Youtube, or Yahoo comments.  Anytime I find myself reading them I think my brain might start leaking out my ears.


It has to be youtube. Most of it is barely comprehensible.
 
2013-12-18 12:01:58 PM

nmrsnr: Gonz: Never before has a Democrat sent a member of a discriminated class to a bigoted European country that's hosting the Olympics. This is unprecedented, and disrespectful to the ideals of the host nation.

It's different with athletes and delegates. The President doesn't personally pick the athletes. Or were you thinking of someone other than Jesse Owens?


When someone brings up Owens in  this context, I always have to mention this.
 
2013-12-18 12:14:20 PM
First, my bonafides:  I did not vote for Obama either time.  I strongly disagree with him on many issues.  I regard the ACA as a fiasco.  The IRS tea party scandal is Nixonian and choosing Kerry for State continues a long culmination of foreign policy miscues.

I am also agnostic on the gay marriage debate and do not regard it as a burning priority.

That having said, as an American I am proud that he performed this necessary act of defiant contempt towards this bullying thug and his homophobic hysteria.
 
2013-12-18 12:40:48 PM

deanis: Droog8912: EyeballKid: Killer Cars: the ESPN comment boards have always been cesspools of trolls and random, regressive social discussions.

ftfy

I'm not sure which is worse: ESPN, IMDB, Youtube, or Yahoo comments.  Anytime I find myself reading them I think my brain might start leaking out my ears.

It has to be youtube. Most of it is barely comprehensible.


@dontreadcomments

Every time you do, you'll remember why you stopped. You'll never find that golden comment that makes the rest of the thread go "Hmmm. Yeah. I'mma go reexamine my life choices now."
 
2013-12-18 12:49:47 PM
With this masterful display of trolling, you have to wonder: What is Obama's Fark handle?

Skinnyhead?
 
2013-12-18 01:14:08 PM

Mad Canadian: With this masterful display of trolling, you have to wonder: What is Obama's Fark handle?

Skinnyhead?



Dear lord, if that turned out to be the case...
 
2013-12-18 01:41:44 PM

EyeballKid: Wait 'til they see who's playing the national anthem for us.

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Fark me that would be awesome.
 
2013-12-18 01:44:46 PM

SilentStrider: Mad Canadian: With this masterful display of trolling, you have to wonder: What is Obama's Fark handle?

Skinnyhead?


Dear lord, if that turned out to be the case...


OMG...I think the Fark politics thread would have to shut down for a week.
 
2013-12-18 03:29:43 PM

deanis: Droog8912: EyeballKid: Killer Cars: the ESPN comment boards have always been cesspools of trolls and random, regressive social discussions.

ftfy

I'm not sure which is worse: ESPN, IMDB, Youtube, or Yahoo comments.  Anytime I find myself reading them I think my brain might start leaking out my ears.

It has to be youtube. Most of it is barely comprehensible.


Youtube, number 1 w/ a bullet.
 
2013-12-18 05:27:31 PM

Wolfmanjames: nmrsnr: Gonz: Never before has a Democrat sent a member of a discriminated class to a bigoted European country that's hosting the Olympics. This is unprecedented, and disrespectful to the ideals of the host nation.

It's different with athletes and delegates. The President doesn't personally pick the athletes. Or were you thinking of someone other than Jesse Owens?

When someone brings up Owens in  this context, I always have to mention this.



Worth repeating. Avery Brundage was a loathsome excuse for a human being.
 
2013-12-19 06:58:49 AM

Dr Dreidel: deanis: Droog8912: EyeballKid: Killer Cars: the ESPN comment boards have always been cesspools of trolls and random, regressive social discussions.

ftfy

I'm not sure which is worse: ESPN, IMDB, Youtube, or Yahoo comments.  Anytime I find myself reading them I think my brain might start leaking out my ears.

It has to be youtube. Most of it is barely comprehensible.

@dontreadcomments

Every time you do, you'll remember why you stopped. You'll never find that golden comment that makes the rest of the thread go "Hmmm. Yeah. I'mma go reexamine my life choices now."


OMG. Your comment, just, like, totally shone through the dark clouds of all other comments before it. Now I know what it felt like for the archaeologist who found the Rosetta Stone. Life, itself, has suddenly been revealed to possess an order hitherto unsuspected..,

/amIdoingitrite?
 
2013-12-19 10:31:54 AM

Dust: The level of homophobia in the ESPN comments on this story have been both disgusting and, sadly, unsurprising.

I fear that the increased level of interconnectivity afforded to all of us through the advent of the Internet is simply going to cause bigots to become more staunch in their ass-backwardsness, because they're no longer being shouted down and treated as social pariahs at every turn.  Now they have a home among like minded assholes, for better or worse.

Maybe it's no different than it's always been, and instead it just exposes the true nature of humans to those of us who were naive enough to have higher hopes.


Or confirms an already ingrained bias. One or the other.
 
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