Ralph Lauren Cuts Ties With Pro Golfer Over Homophobic Slur

Justin Thomas apologizes after using word 'faggot' during Tournament of Champions
Ralph Lauren ends sponsorship of pro golfer over homophobic slur
Pro golfer Justin Thomas (screen capture)

The Ralph Lauren Corporation has announced an end to their 7-year sponsorship of pro golfer Justin Thomas less than a week after Thomas was heard using the word ‘faggot’ after missing a putt at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.

The remark occurred after Thomas attempted a five-foot putt at the fourth hole when his shot went astray. He could clearly be heard saying “fa**ot” in frustration.

 

Upon finishing the round, Thomas was informed his remark had been picked up by the TV microphones. He was apparently unaware he’d even used the word.

The Golf Channel spoke to Thomas, currently ranked #3 in the world, about the remark and he immediately expressed his regret for using the word.

“It’s inexcusable – first off I just apologize,” said Thomas. “There’s no excuse. I’m an adult, a grown man. There’s absolutely no reason for me to say anything like that. It’s terrible. I’m extremely embarrassed. It’s not who I am. It’s not the kind of person that I am. Unfortunately I did it and I have to own up to it.”

“I found out when I got done with my round…it’s bad,” he added. “There’s no other way to put it. I need to do better.”

“I deeply apologize to everybody and anybody who I offended and I’ll be better because of it.”

The next day, Thomas finished the tournament in third place banking a $490,000 payday.

Apology aside, Ralph Lauren Corporation announced on Friday they were “disheartened” by the incident and distanced themselves from Thomas saying the use of the slur is “entirely inconsistent with our values.”

The full statement from the Ralph Lauren Corporation:

At the Ralph Lauren Corporation, we believe in the dignity of all people, regardless of age, race, gender identity, ethnicity, political affiliation or sexual orientation. This is part of our longstanding commitment to foster cultures of belonging – in the workplace and in communities around the world.

We are disheartened by Mr. Thomas’s recent language, which is entirely inconsistent with our values. While we acknowledge that he has apologized and recognizes the severity of his words, he is a paid ambassador of our brand and his actions conflict with the inclusive culture that we strive to uphold.

In reflecting on the responsibility we have to all of our stakeholders, we have decided to discontinue our sponsorship of Mr. Thomas at this time. As we make this decision, our hope is that Mr. Thomas does the hard and necessary work in order to partner with us again – truly examining this incident, learning, growing and ultimately using his platform to promote inclusion.

Gay former professional golfer Maya Reddy told Sky Sports this week that Thomas’ anti-LGBTQ language reflects homophobia in professional golf.

In 2016, Reddy qualified at the age of 23 to play on the Symetra Tour – the LPGA’s developmental tour – but decided to walk away from the sport due to incidents of discrimination and a lack of inclusivity in the culture of professional golf.

“I had tournament directors on mini-tours say xenophobic, racist, and homophobic things to me on the first tee, in the guise of a joke,” explained Reddy.

“I’m kind of in two minds about it,” said Reddy about the Thomas incident. “I think the fact that he apologised about it so quickly and with force, saying that this wasn’t OK and that he should do better, is really important because he acknowledges the harm that using that specific slur causes.

“I think the PGA Tour saying that it wasn’t OK and acknowledging the harm it causes is also very important,” she added. “That being said, what is frustrating for me and many who watched this play out, was that it was so easy for him to jump to that word.”

Golfer Justin Thomas Apologizes For ‘Fa**ot’ Remark

Justin Thomas apologizes after using word 'faggot' during Tournament of Champions
Justin Thomas apologizes after using word 'faggot' during Tournament of Champions
Pro golfer Justin Thomas (screen capture)

Justin Thomas, currently the #3 pro golfer in the world, was apparently surprised to learn that television cameras caught him using a homophobic slur after missing a putt at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii on Saturday.

Thomas was attempting a five-foot putt at the fourth hole when his shot went astray. He could clearly be heard saying “faggot” in frustration.

The Golf Channel spoke to a clearly chagrined Thomas about the remark and he expressed his regret for using the word.

“It’s inexcusable – first off I just apologize,” said Thomas. “There’s no excuse. I’m an adult, a grown man. There’s absolutely no reason for me to say anything like that. It’s terrible. I’m extremely embarrassed. It’s not who I am. It’s not the kind of person that I am. Unfortunately I did it and I have to own up to it.”

“I found out when I got done with my round…it’s bad,” he added. “There’s no other way to put it. I need to do better.”

“I deeply apologize to everybody and anybody who I offended and I’ll be better because of it.”

Thomas expanded on those thoughts speaking to NBC Golf after finishing third on Sunday.

“I wish that I could learn to grow a different way than the way that I chose to do it, but unfortunately it’s in the past and there’s nothing I can do about it now,” said the 27-year-old.

“It definitely was a distraction out there today. But now I just get to take time going forward and try to become better because of it.”

Thomas banked a $490,000 payday for his third place finish.

Some on social media defended Thomas’s use of the slur:

But others wondered why it was this particular word that Thomas used.

It wasn’t f*ck, sh*t, dammit, dang it, or a host of other terms. It was a homophobic slur. That he didn’t even notice he used until it was pointed out.

What do you think, readers? Big deal? Little deal?

You may recall longtime sportscaster Thom Brennaman lost his job last September using a similar slur.

Thoughts on why a homophobic slur came out of Justin Thomas’s mouth versus a host of other swear words?

And why do so many dismiss the use of the word ‘faggot’ as being nothing to get upset about? Would it have been different if he’d used the N-word?

Fire Chief Catches Heat After Calling Drag Event ‘Fa**ot Show’

L-R William Buckaloo & friend, Magnolia Applebottom (images via Instagram)

A fire chief in Delaware attended a drag show at a local restaurant over the weekend and then took to social media to complain about being ‘talking into’ going to a ‘faggot show.’

William Buckaloo, the assistant fire chief in Rehoboth Beach, attended a drag show at the Blue Moon and tagged himself in a Facebook post which read, “The sh*t I get talked in to (sic)…Matt, talked us to go to a f*ggot show.”

The hostess for the show, Magnolia Applebottom, came across the social media post and addressed the remarks on her Instagram:

“What a sad turn of events. The @lewes_fire chief thought it was ok to go to a gay owned and operated establishment… and go to a show hosted and produced by a award winning gay entertainer and use that F word on social media… Your job is to protect the people in our community not bring us down. Do better!!! Be better!!! And we recognize your inappropriate behavior.”

 

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The friend tagged in the Facebook post by Buckaloo, Matt Sprenkle, quickly put space between himself and the fire chief as well as denouncing Buckaloo’s comments.

Sprenkle told the Washington Blade he did not invite Buckaloo to the show nor did he attend the show, as he was dining in the restaurant at the time.

Sprenkle clarified that he’s only an acquaintance of Buckaloo’s and the two men had run into each other at the Blue Moon.

“I do not agree with any of the comments he made and do not associate myself with them,” said Sprenkle.

After the social media firestorm, Lewis Fire Department Chief Steve Evans told the Blade that he had removed Buckaloo from his position. Evans added that he “expects the department will formally suspend Buckaloo” as well.

Buckaloo has not commented publicly since being removed from his position.

Ft. Lauderdale: Trumpers Harass Gay Mayor At Voting Site Yelling ‘Fa**ot’

Mayor Dean Trantalis of Fort Lauderdale (screen capture/CBS4News)

As the counting of ballots continues across the country following Election Day this week, we’ve all seen stories of heated rhetoric between supporters of political candidates at the polls.

But it turns out even mayors aren’t immune to ugly vitriol this election cycle.

Mayor Dean Trantalis, the first openly gay mayor of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, says he was harassed by supporters of Donald Trump who began yelling homophobic slurs at him while he visited an early voting site on Saturday.

“I encountered a number of people who were there on behalf of the Trump campaign who immediately accosted me, calling me pedophile, started calling me a fa**ot, and thought it was fun,” Trantalis told the local CBS News affiliate.

But Mayor Trantalis didn’t assign blame to the Republican Party saying the people involved in the incident were “a lot of rabble-rousers that are fringe elements of the Trump organization that felt they could come into our city.”

“Several were not from our city,” he added. “They admitted they came from other parts of the state.”

(photo via Dean Trantalis)

The mayor encountered similar behavior at other polling places and near his home as well.

Trantalis shared that in his own neighborhood he saw yard signs for his campaign to which people had attached little pink flags. He said it was clear the flags were “a dog whistle for someone who’s gay.”

“Almost to say, ‘We’re watching you, we’re around your house,’” he explained. “They wanted to intimidate me.”

But the mayor is steadfast in his belief that such behavior doesn’t represent the people who live in Fort Lauderdale.

“If you can’t be respectable, honorable people, you need to take your dog and pony show somewhere else,” he told CBS4News. “That’s not who we are.”

Homophobe Hurls Every Gay Slur She Knows At Spa Customer “F*ggot, Sissy, Queer!”

Facebook user Christopher Brown stopped by his favorite foot spa on December 30 to treat himself to some post-holiday pampering.

But shortly after he sat down for him mani-pedi, he became the target of a rude woman who called him “f*ggot,” “sissy” and “queer.”

The altercation began when Brown asked the woman if she would take her phone off speak as she was carrying on a full voice conversation with her daughter via FaceTime. There were signs in the spa requesting customers to keep noise to a minimum.

Her response? According to Brown, she told her daughter, “Hold on, I need to take care of this f*ggot.”

That’s when he began recording the incident.

The woman demanded that the spa employees throw Brown out saying he had “harassed” her in asking her to turn down her volume.

“It’s either him or me,” the woman says over and over in the video. “He bothered me for no reason. He harassed me for no reason, telling me to get off of my phone.”

When her demands aren’t met, she finally gets up to leave, telling Brown, “Keep recording sissy, keep recording because you probably wish you had a c*nt like me, right?”

And as she storms out she throw out a string of homophobic slurs, “F*ggot, sissy, queer, fag – eat my p*ssy!”

Doesn’t she seem nice?

In posting the video to Facebook, where it’s garnered over 218K views since last Thursday, Brown says he shared the incident to show that “even in the Seattle region, life isn’t always sunshine and rainbows for the LGBT community.”

He adds, “There’s still work to do folks. #resist.”

Watch the brief video below.

And please feel free to share with this everywhere. I’d love for the world to find out who this charming lady is.

(h/t Queerty)

Stormy Daniels Cancels Florida Gig After Club Owner Calls Her Asst “F*cking F*ggot”

Stormy Daniels

Porn star Stormy Daniels was back in the national news this week as sentencing memos for Donald Trump’s former ‘fixer,’ Michael Cohen, were issued.

Additionally, though, Stormy was getting ink on Twitter last night when she canceled an appearance in Fort Lauderdale after a strip club owner allegedly called her assistant a “fucking faggot.”

According to Stormy, the cancellation cost her $6,800 but it was the right thing to do.

‘Diesel Hate Couture’ Fashion Line Using Word ‘Faggot’ Gets Mixed Reactions

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Fashion brand Diesel is facing some backlash over a new limited edition clothing line that includes a pricey silk jacket with a homophobic slur printed all over it.

The jacket, which is part of the company’s ‘Diesel Hate Couture’ line, features the word ‘faggot’ printed multiple times in a random pattern.

The line includes several types of items like t-shirts, hoodies, bomber jackets, hats and more.

“The truth is this: the more you expose the hate you get, treating it with irony and irreverence, the less power it has to cause harm,” Diesel told Hypebeast last month. “This is why we are launching HAɄTE COUTURE. A unique collection designed to do just that: disempower hate.”

The concept behind the provocative clothing is to reclaim online hate using the slogan, ‘The more hate you wear, the less you care.’

Other terms used in the line include ‘slut,’ ‘fat,’ ‘weirdo,’ ‘not cool’ and ‘f*ck you imposter.’

While outrageous, none seem quite as inflammatory or hateful as the f-word.

“Online hate is inevitable, but caring about it is optional,” writes Diesel on the YouTube page for the ad spot below.

The video begins by explaining all of the terms used were picked by the cast members from actual hate comments they’ve received via social media.

You can see openly gay actor Tommy Dorfman (Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why) wearing the controversial jacket, which sells for a whopping £350. The jacket appears to be available only on the brand’s UK website.

Also taking part in the video are Nicki Minaj, Gucci Mane, Miles Heizer, Barbie Ferreira, Bella Thorne, Yoo Ah-In, Bria Vinaite, Yovanna Ventura and Jonathan Bellini.

“Our aim has always been to disempower those that create the hate and manifest negativity,” said Diesel in a statement to Mic last month. “Every individual cast within the campaign relates personally to the issue itself.”

“To bring awareness to the wider issue, each chose a phrase that they wanted to wear proudly with the goal of empowering others to take a stance,” the statement continued. “Together, Diesel and Tommy Dorfman use this as a platform to disempower the haters and show the more hate you wear, the less you care.”

Dorfman also tweeted: “All proceeds from this jacket are benefitting the Ali Forney Center in NY which provides shelter, food and programs to homeless LGBTQ+ youth.”

The items came online last month, but responses on social media has been coming in waves.

Some folks like the idea, but others call the idea “offensive” and “disgusting.”

What do you think, readers? Is this like the LGBTQ community reclaiming the word ‘queer?’ Or is this just a bad idea?

Jonah Hill on The Tonight Show: “I’m heartbroken and deeply sorry” over using anti-gay slur

Jonah Hill stopped by The Tonight Show last night where he offered a heartfelt apology (again) for his much publicized use of a gay slur over the weekend.

After being antagonized at length by a paparazzo, Hill was captured on video telling the photog to “suck my dick, you faggot.”

Addressing the Tonight Show audience, Hill said that he is “heartbroken” and that he is “deeply sorry to anyone who’s ever been affected by that term.”

Hill also appeared on the Howard Stern radio show and Good Morning America to offer his apologies