Personally, I don't WANNA see anyone kissing. I'm funny about PDA's...it was the same way with my ex g/f and my husband, but would I call the cops? UM. NO. If I wouldn't do it to a heterosexual couple, I surely wouldn't change the standard because someone is gay. But this IS ALABAMA we're talking about. XD
As far as the restaurant scene, I have seen something similar and merely reported it to the manager. A paying customer should receive equal service...having sexual orientation into the mix is just stupid...but I realize it happens. I honestly think I have wayyyyyy too much common sense for this world. lol
@Xbeautifully_broken_downX - the only argument I would have against this is that lonely single people when they see this it makes them feel even more lonely and sad. So I guess I kind of agree with you on that respect.
a lil extreme some.people are... really think.you shouldn't generalize Alabamans though, just because the dominant regional culture is one of discrimination and rebel pride doesn't mean it's actually what everyone believes, just people going with the flow (the flow being.a.maelstrom of ignorance).
in general I just don't like PDAs at all. ain't classy. but srsly, the cops?
Ignorance. When someone I know says something that I consider gay bashing, I get into it with them and ask them why they would say something like that. I'm not friends with people who say/do gay bashing on purpose. Sometimes things are said that are offensive and they don't mean it to be, and as long as they apologize I'm OK.
@LadyboyRevolution - Yeah. I suppose I am just a private person....I'll hold arms with my SO, but kissing? Nah...
...but like everything else if I don't wanna see it, I just turn away for a moment. I'm not about to interrupt someone else's time because I don't care for something.....it's disrespectful and inappropriate to do so.
I'm absolutely against homosexuality - note that I said homosexuality. But would I bash on them? Call the cops on them? Even if they were flagrantly making out? No. I would feel disgusted, but insulting them or calling the cops on them (there is no law against general PDA anyway - straight or gay) is absurd (and this is coming from a CHRISTIAN, too, by the way).
There are better ways to respond to the gay issue.
(Note, I haven't watched the videos. I'm just responding to the title of the post.)
I am not fond of kissing in public, end of story. A peck on the cheek, no problem. But I don't want to watch anyone being overly demonstrative in public. I wouldn't call the police; but I would move to get the display out of my field of vision.
I really don't like the second video. I find that a restaurant and a news station are willing to subject patrons at a private diners to embarrassment and to a sociological experiment more upsetting than straight-up homophobia. At least the later is an honest expression of free thought and speech.
Refusing to see will not give us any perspective. I did watch the videos. Interesting idea to get people thinking. I was glad to see people standing up for the family having breakfast. I would have asked the waitress to stop harrassing them.
soooooo not all of us southerners are like that...let's be clear on that one. i'm from south carolina and i could care less who's kissing in the streets. as long as people aren't getting too ridiculous with it (as i have young kids and too much pda is unwarranted lol) it's whatever.
@Celestial_Teapot - if you want to be intolerant of the news and media go after the gov who is trying to go to war with Iran. These video's need to be shown because obviously the end justifies the means. Unbelievable you don't see that.
@LadyboyRevolution - "...These video's need to be shown because obviously the end justifies the means. Unbelievable you don't see that."
What are the ends, exactly? To embaress unsuspecting patrons of a privately owned restraunt? To put up a charade whose only end is to make ourselves feel better for not being "bigotted" or "intolerant?"
Whatever the second video hoped to acheive, there are better and farier ways to go about it.
I visited San Francisco a few years ago and found the fact that men could hold each other's hands and kissing in public quite refreshing. Double Standards in our country. For example, I don't mind a man and a woman making out in public. However if their enthusiasm leads to his hand up her blouse etc, I think that is better left to a more intimate setting. Now, I may be contradicting myself, but every year during a certain week there is an "unofficial" gay days @ Disneyworld. I was embarrassed by some behavior I saw (and I'm gay) because there was no common sense used by some of the couples and they went WAY over the line - almost as if to see how far they could push the limits. With so many families with small children present, not sure this was a great idea. More than once, I heard kids ask their parents "why are those two men/ladies kissing?" This kind of behavior, in my opinion, can do more harm than good to acceptance. Our country has a long way to go towards accepting not only gays but blacks and people of other religions.
BTW I thought that the two men in the film were very nice and seemed like people I'd like to have dinner with. I've rambled long enough. Thanks for this topic. Peace!