Restaurant Owner Kicks Out Anti-Gay TN Senator Over Offensive Comments About Homosexuals (VIDEO)

Author: January 30, 2012 2:48 pm

Last week, Republican Tennessee state senator Stacey Campfield told LGBT journalist Michelangelo Signorile that it was “virtually impossible” to get HIV/AIDS through heterosexual sex, and that only gay people get the disease. He also claimed that HIV began after a gay man had sex with a monkey. Of course, we all know that Campfield’s claims are wrong because heterosexuals contract HIV as well. Take former NBA legend Magic Johnson for instance. He’s a heterosexual male who contracted the disease because he had sexual intercourse with multiple women over the course of his career. Countless other heterosexual men and women have contracted HIV over the decades. This is part of the alternative knowledge system that David Frum was referring to in December of last year. In it, homosexuality is the root cause of AIDS and should be demonized. Conservatives get away with such blatant lies because they live in a bubble safe from criticism. This time, though, Campfield’s outrageous comments have landed him in hot water and one local restaurant in Knoxville, Tennessee is teaching him a lesson.


The owner of Bistro at the Bijou booted Senator Campfield out of the establishment because of his false and inflammatory comments about the LGBT community and HIV/AIDS as well as his failed ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill. A post on the restaurant’s Facebook page, which has over 1300 likes in 18 hours, reads;

“I hope that Stacy Campfield now knows what if feels like to be unfairly discriminated against.”

Martha Boggs, the owner of the bistro, told the Knoxville News Sentinel, “He’s gone from being stupid to dangerous. It’s just my way of standing up to a bully.”

Here’s the video:

There is a Facebook campaign to oust Campfield out of office and you can also sign this petition.

Republican lawmakers have taken aim at the LGBT community more frequently in recent years, and many anti-gay advocates have added their own hateful rhetoric and false claims. One activist, Linda Harvey, told her listeners on her radio broadcast that there isn’t any proof that LGBT people exist , and Right Wing pastor Mark Driscoll said that masturbation is a form of homosexuality. Undoubtedly, more hateful rhetoric will occur as same-sex becomes legal in more states and those afraid of equality and change become increasingly frantic that history is passing them by.

 

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9 Comments

  • Magic Johnson got HIV/AIDS by having sex with someone with the virus not by having sex with lots of women. Small difference but important when it comes to catching something like HIV/AIDS!

  • Iffy. The man comes in, she sees him, realized who he is, and tells him “we have the right to refuse service”.

    If my worst enemy walked into my business I’d throw him out, but I have cause.

    That she acted without cause is either very gutsy, or wrong. I honestly can’t tell which.

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  • “Take former NBA legend Magic Johnson for instance. He’s a heterosexual male who contracted the disease because he had sexual intercourse with multiple women over the course of his career.”

    You may want to add “unsafe” to “sexual intercourse”; otherwise you’re being factually incorrect at best and a slut-shamer at worst.

  • I commend Martha for her actions and applaud her courage. It is high time we called these people what they are and not apologize for doing so. He is a bigot and hate monger and should be thrown out of the Tennessee State Senate. He does sadly reflect the bigotry and racism of the Republican Party and its endorsement of everything from secession to treason. I am sure that he has a closet full of white sheets among other things and a Bible gathering dust on his desk. His stupidity would be laughable if it were not dangerous. He is by no stretch of the imagination anything remotely resembling a Christian or a gentleman or an American. But he does represent well the anti-Constitutional, anti-Bill of Rights, anti-intellectual, and anti-truth kind of hole in which the so called part of Lincoln has fallen!

  • Does this Senator ever stop to consider that the same people for whom he expresses such disdain are the same people who handle his food in restaurants? Not that all hospitality workers are gay, but they are not all straight either.

  • What a great role model Martha Boggs is for the rest of us. These guys don’t live in a bubble (well, just in their heads). If more of us found and took the opportunity to make such statements in their faces, what a wonderful world this would be!

  • Props to this woman for kicking out this fool. I’ll bet he wasn’t expecting that.

    HIV/AIDS is no respecter of heterosexuality. Globally it remains a predominantly heterosexual problem, and in the US is also heavily biased on racial lines.

    Latest statistics of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic published by UNAIDS in Nov 2010 show 68% of HIV to be in sub-Saharan Africa, the region carrying the greatest burden of the epidemic. Of 33.3 million living with HIV, 15.9 million are women and 2.5 million are children. In India, 85% of HIV/AIDS transmission is heterosexual, with 2.5 million currently infected, so globally it’s not exactly a ‘gay disease’. A person’s heterosexuality does not make them immune from HIV/AIDS and I think it is grossly irresponsible for Stacey Campfield to let kids believe they won’t get the disease so long as they’re heterosexual.

    Moreover, to date, over 230,000 African Americans have died of AIDS – nearly 40% of total deaths – and of the more than 1 million people living with HIV in the United States of America today, around half are black. And yet, as a racial group, African Americans represent just 13% of the US population. (http://www.avert.org/hiv-african-americans.htm)

    It makes no more sense for Mr Campfield to state that a person should not be homosexual in order to avoid succumbing to HIV/AIDS, than it does to suggest that a person should not be black, so as to avoid succumbing to HIV/AIDS. A monogamous gay couple have no more chance of transmitting HIV than do a heterosexual couple. Monogamy, safer sexual practice and not sharing needles remain the best ways to minimise HIV infection.

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