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Cult of Outrage: Jonah Hill’s Homophobic Slur to Paparazzi Draws Criticism

While much has been written about how the Cult of Outrage is a troubling facet of modern society, one thing that can be safely assumed about them is that they abhor harassment. Whether it is because of someone’s ethnic make-up, gender, or sexuality, these folks “speak up” for those they see being harassed by an oppressive society. In the “worst” cases, these folks answer what they see as harassment with harassment of their own all in the name of social justice.

The current scandal involves Academy Award nominee Jonah Hill and his use of the slur “faggot.” Given the power of gay-rights special interest groups like GLAAD, that word has reached the heights of being one of the most verboten in polite society. It’s so bad that even the most homophobic people – outside of Westboro Baptist Church – wouldn’t even dream of directing it at a homosexual person.

For that matter, Hill has had a rocky record as far as pro-gay activists are concerned. He has publicly supported gay marriage and criticized Russia’s anti-gay policies. However he has also taken some criticism, essentially suggesting he is insensitive not hateful, given the preponderance of “gay jokes” in some of his work.

However, after being pursued for a full minute by paparazzi (possibly longer since the video is edited) he angrily responded saying, “F#ck you, faggot.” With almost no sense of irony, the man filming the video expresses surprise and calls Hill “a real bully.” Of course, the video was then sold to bastion of journalism TMZ.

In an emotional mea culpa he admitted that he said it because it “was the most hurtful word he could think of” and that he accepts and understands all of the fallout that should come with it. Of course, even this won’t stop the criticism from those who make their bones on selective outrage. Yet, not a word of mention about how the consistent harassment by these pap-vultures because without them, we wouldn’t even have these kind of stories.

 

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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. Along with news and current events, he writes about parenting, art, and personal stories. His serial fiction story "The Prophet Hustle" is available at JukePop.com and a forthcoming independent ebook about the cam-modeling industry "Dirty Little Windows" will be available later this summer.