Or…That One Time Someone Told Me To Off Myself.
I’ve mentioned before that I just adore Tyler Oakley. I stumbled upon him first doing work for the Trevor Project (which is near and dear to my heart) and have watched him on YouTube ever since. I’m very proud of everything he’s done in almost a maternal way, but I also think he’s just hysterical and a cutie-pie and he makes me smile. WARNING: He is not usually safe for work. He’s a bit profane and tends to make a lot of sexual comments. BUT! There’s nothing wrong with that! I mean, I’m a damn prude – but I’m glad not everyone is.
But MAN! Do NOT click on his replies on twitter which I catch a glance at periodically if I click “expand” under any of his tweets. There are SUCH MEAN PEOPLE out there. They are constantly telling him to kill himself, that they hope he dies, and other such niceties – usually laden with HORRID profanity. He has a lot of love and supporters too, but JEEZUS – his haters are just EVIL.
The last few days he’s even tweeted a little bit about it and it makes me really sad. He’s such a joy and a light to the young gay community, it hurts my heart to see him take the negativity too much to heart.
BUT THEN. I made a VERY simple point on Twitter about how A&E suspending that guy from Duck Dynasty is not really a “freedom of speech” issue. I simply uploaded a graphic stating that it’s a capitalism issue. Not a civil liberties one.
I wasn’t even supporting the LBGT community, WHICH I DO SUPPORT WHOLEHEARTEDLY. I was simply pointing out the difference in “censorship” and “business”. And look what I got in return.
DUDE. That totally upset me! So, while I fully support my original tweet/graphic, I took it down because I can NOT handle that type of negativity in my life.
To which my oldest (also a huge Tyler Oakley fan) said, “MOM! Don’t take it down! Tyler Oakley gets told to kill himself all the time. STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE.”
But I’m not as strong as Tyler Oakley. I can’t handle it. I will stand by my support of the LGBT community over here on my safe little blog, and even on Facebook where my family can unfriend me if they don’t agree. Hell…I’ll even post my Love For Marriage Equality all over Twitter and I’ll wear rainbows and equal signs until I die.
But I will not ever comment on Duck Dynasty again. JEEBUS.
(P.S. Everyone should go give Tyler a hug on Twitter. He is a great voice and he’s funny and smart and is giving gay teens everywhere a strong role model. He needs our support.)
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