Phil Robertson, Duck Dynasty
One of the bearded stars of the A&E reality show Duck Dynasty went on a crazy, hate-filled anti-gay tangent during a recent interview with GQ magazine, in which he equated homosexuality to bestiality. When asked what, in his mind, was sinful, Robertson replied: “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”
The Emmy-winning star of NBC’s 30 Rock is no stranger to controversy, but his Twitter rant earlier this year against Daily Mail writer George Stark crossed the line. Granted, Stark made some terrible accusations—that turned out to be false—in his story about Baldwin’s recent bride, Hilaria, tweeting during James Gandolfini’s funeral, but that doesn’t really excuse what followed. “I’m gonna find you, George Stark, you toxic little queen, and I’m gonna fuck… you… up,” tweeted Baldwin, later adding, “If put my foot up your fucking ass, George Stark, but I’m sure you’d dig it too much.”
Long before his recent meltdown, the Oscar-winning actor/director of Braveheart made some very troubling comments about homosexuals to the Spanish newspaper El Pais back in 1991, according to The Advocate. “They take it up the ass ... this is only for taking a shit,” he said at the time. “With this look, who's going to think I'm gay? I don't lend myself to that type of confusion. Do I look like a homosexual? Do I talk like them? Do I move like them?”
The world’s biggest blowhard with the world’s worst comb-over infamously compared same-sex marriage to long golf putters in an interview with The New York Times. “It’s like in golf. A lot of people—I don’t want this to sound trivial—but a lot of people are switching to these really long putters, very unattractive. It’s weird. You see these great players with these really long putters, because they can’t sink three-footers anymore. And, I hate it. I am a traditionalist. I have so many fabulous friends who happen to be gay, but I am a traditionalist.”
Still the worst, this guy. The R&B performer—who notoriously beat his ex-girlfriend Rihanna—went on a homophobic Twitter tirade aimed at Raz, formerly of the R&B group B2K. “nigga you want attention!!” he tweeted, reported E!. “Grow up nigga!!! Dick in da ass lil boy…Tell me this @razb2k!! Why when the money was coming in u won't complaining about getting butplugged! #homothug!!!” The comments stemmed from Raz’s admission that a man had molested him in the past. Classy.
The star of the sitcom Growing Pains has grown up to become a hyper-conservative evangelical Christian, and made some very disparaging remarks about homosexuals in an interview on Piers Morgan Tonight back in March 2012. Cameron said he believes homosexuality is “unnatural… I think it’s detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.” Later in the interview, on the subject of marriage equality, he said, “Marriage was defined by God a long time ago. Marriage is almost as old as dirt, and it was defined in the garden between Adam and Eve—one man, one woman for life till death do you part. So I would never attempt to try to redefine marriage. And I don’t think anyone else should either. So do I support the idea of gay marriage? No, I don’t.”
The late disco crooner allegedly made some hateful remarks about gays at a concert in 1983 that haunted her career forever. “It was Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve,” she said at a show, according to The Advocate, telling the gays in her audience, “I’ll pray for you tonight.” When questioned about gay rights, she reportedly said, “I’ve seen the evil homosexuality come out of you people… AIDS is your sin… Now don’t get me wrong, God loves you. But not the way you are now.” Summer repeatedly denied having made the remarks.
The “macho” rapper got in a feud with openly gay gossip blogger Perez Hilton and unleashed a series of homophobic tweets, saying, “Perez hilton calld me douchebag so I had my homie shoot up a gay wedding. wasnt his but still made me feel better.” He later tweeted, “If you a man and your over 25 and you don't eat pu**y just kill your self damn it. The world will be a better place. Lol.”
Tony Curtis & Ernest Borgnine
One of the most puzzling anti-gay incidents came courtesy of the late, Oscar-nominated actors Tony Curtis—who starred in the gay-themed films Some Like It Hot and Spartacus—and Ernest Borgnine. According to Eric Patterson’s book, On Brokeback Mountain: Meditations About Masculinity, Fear, and Love in the Story and the Film, Academy members Curtis and Borgnine launched a campaign against the film Brokeback Mountain during the film’s Oscar run, with both saying they had no intention of seeing the film. Later, despite having not even seen the film, Curtis went on Fox News and said people were only interested in the film because it centered on “gay cowboys,” and said, “Howard Hughes and John Wayne wouldn’t like it.” Borgnine, for his part, reportedly said, “I didn’t see it and I don’t care to see it. If John Wayne were alive he’d be rolling over in his grave.”