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Exodus on the Fall Out Boy tolerance statement

Brady at Some Guys Are Normal was looking to stir the sh*t when he posted on the ex-gay Exodus blog about the band Fall Out Boy’s anti-homophobia statement (see my earlier post, Knob-end mom lashes out at band for tolerance statement at concert).

Brady posted this:

I think there is a bit more to this Fall Out Boy story. According to the band member and one person at the concert (that posted on my blog and a couple of others), Fall Out Boy was using foul language. However, their “liberal homosexual rally” amounted to the band saying that it was ok to say the band was no good or people didn’t like the band, but using homophobic remarks like calling something gay instead of stupid was unacceptable. I can’t believe this mother disagrees with such a statement, and I hope you guys would agree with that statement at the very least.

One of the Exodites posted this response:

We do not condone negative comments such as using the word gay to suggest stupidity. However in the article in question band member Wentz actually said this:

“In a post on FallOutBoyRock.com, Wentz wrote: “The only thing I said in Charlotte was, ‘You can leave this show and say, “I think this guy is an arrogant jerk,” or think, “This band is better than this one,” because these are your opinions. The only thing we consider unacceptable is for you to engage in sexist, racist or homophobic behavior. If you do, we don’t want you as a fan. Return our merch and leave.’ “

Mr. Wentz’ statement is clearly stating that homophobia is not just a difference of opinion to which all Americans are entitled. He is saying it is on the same par as sexist and racist behavior. In other words, “if you don’t agree with us regarding homosexuality take off our merchandise and get out.” I don’t hear anything positive, constructive, or enlightening in that… In addition I noticed he didn’t mention any refund of ticket or merchandise money to any who might be unhappy with the band for their take on homosexuality…bottom line Mr. Wentz’ statement is a threat aimed at impressionable teenagers… conform or be ostracized!

Brady rightly pointed out that if organizations ostensibly “love” the gays and want to “guide them out of homosexuality,” why would they condone homophobia of this nature?

Read carefully. Ms. Brown just said that homophobia was acceptable. Notice the Fall Out Boy bassist said nothing about whether or not he supported homosexuality (as Ms. Brown implies). The bassist merely said he did not tolerate homophobic remarks (i.e. derrogatory remarks about gay people). How there is nothing enlightening or “good” about that, I have no idea.

…I’m sorry to see that someone employed (or volunteering for, not sure which) an organization that claims to help gay people would support something like this mother’s rantings. Little tip for the folks at Exodus–if you are going to claim to help gay people, don’t support homophobic behavior. You can disagree with being gay without being homophobic.

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