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08/07/2009

From 'Hairy butt crack' to 'sorry 'bout my cracks'

by Jeremy Hooper

Remember that guy who made a video condemning gays on the basis that men are repulsive? The one who affectionally became known as "hairy butt crack guy"? The one who ultimately ended up removing his hostile video?

Yea, well, terrific LGBT activist Joe Brummer got in touch with that YouTuber and told him that he really should take a second and get to know some actual LGBT people before he condemns them. Then Joe directed the man to watch this YouTube video. And as a result, Joe just might have changed a heart:

This is exactly why we challenge this stuff. This is why we can't be scared to fairly but firmly stand against any and every person who condemns our lives. We all know the cliché about people liking us once they get to actually know us. But the reason why it is so familiar is because it's true. We have to make ourselves known. We have to stand up for our truths. And in doing so, we will remove some blinders.

Will this gentleman turn into an ally? Who knows? But feel free to send him a message and tell him who and what you are, and why you deserve freedom. He seems genuinely willing to listen. Listening is a good start.

Joe's home on the web:
Speak Compassion

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Your thoughts

Nice! Planting seeds. Some fall on rocks. Some will grow.

Posted by: Bonnie_Half-Elven | Aug 7, 2009 12:23:52 PM

I actually feel a little bit bad for him. I mean, his earlier video didn't offend me or make me angry-I just thought is was incredibly dumb. The type of thing you can't help but mock. If he was on the receiving end of anything worse that a razzing, he didn't really deserve it.

Posted by: Bill S | Aug 7, 2009 4:21:13 PM

For reasons I'd rather not explain, today's been a horrible day. Lots of pain and anger in my life today. I've learned why my parents have told me for years that more often than not, love is a decision and not a feeling.

That's why I'm quite thankful you posted this video and linked us to the one sent by Mr. Brummer. Compassion isn't something I practice with ease. Like every human, my first response is to get angry when my pride is bruised. Today, I've taken an emotional beating, and these injuries won't heal for a long time.

I don't know anyone on this blog personally. I've seen photos of Jeremy and his husband, but that's the only semblance of a connection I've had with anyone here. What I've realized today, though, is how much love matters, and how important it is for us to have compassion for those who might hurt us.

Although I don't know any of you, I'd like to say that I love you. No matter your decisions or religions or morals or political views, I love you. Even if I disagree with every word from your mouth, I love you.

And when I forget that, I'm thankful for the friends and family members (and YouTube videos) I have who remind me.

Posted by: Brian | Aug 7, 2009 10:15:00 PM

I have to wonder just what his magic spectacles say when he looks at a gay man or woman?

Posted by: Owen | Aug 9, 2009 2:29:54 PM

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