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03/17/2009

NJ: Britney's 'Hit me' lyric turns frighteningly literal

by Jeremy Hooper

This from The Star-Ledger:

Police are investigating after a gay couple from Kearny complained they were beaten by a crowd a few blocks from the Prudential Center in Newark after attending a Britney Spears' concert there Saturday night.

Joshua Kehoe, 25, said he and his partner, Bobby Daniel Caldwell, 36, were returning to their car near Raymond Boulevard and Broad Street when a group of 15 to 20 youths surrounded the couple and began beating them.
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When cops finally arrived, Caldwell was taken to University Hospital with his jaw broken in two spots.
Gay couple claims attack in Newark was bias related [Star-Ledger]
(H/t: Towle)

Terrible. A reminder of how scary it can still be out there.

Though don't expect our opposition to connect the dots between hurtful rhetoric and hurtful action. We hear local anti-gays are already shirking responsibility, claiming they are, always have been, and always will be Jessica Simpson fans.

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Your thoughts

That's not funny.

Posted by: Wilberforce | Mar 17, 2009 8:48:31 PM

Eh, you don't have to like everything, W-force. But for the record: I'm not commenting on the beating, only the anti-gays usage of every excuse in the book to shirk responsibility for crimes of bias.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Mar 17, 2009 8:53:37 PM

What an awful story. It's good to be reminded that this is still going, but I'm a little uncomfortable with making so light of this. They could have just as easily been murdered.

Posted by: Luke | Mar 18, 2009 5:21:25 AM

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