The Walking Dead added a gay couple who hunt zombies to TV’s #1 show.
All three shows on ABC’ s #TGIT including Scandal, feature gay characters in steamy sex scenes, written by creator Shonda Rhymes.
On a record breaking ratings night, Jussie Smollett’s character, Jamal Lyon, came out as gay on Fox’s show, Empire.
So it should’ve come as no shock when Smollett came out in real life on “The Ellen DeGeneres show”.
“I get some ignorant tweets every once in a while & I know you’re not supposed to respond, but sometimes you got to clap back!” Smollett told Ellen. “As tenants of this Earth it’s our job to make a difference & make the world better and we can’t just sit around & let people spew nasty things & just think that’s OK. It’s not OK.”
Some viewers consider gay characters like ‘Jamal’ & the sex scenes they appear in to be nasty things.
Their evidence? The KJV Bible, ironically written by a down low King James & his writing team of 54 atheists in 1611.
The bible definitively labels homosexuality as a “sin”.
It also labels heterosexual lust, divorce, eating bacon, anger, laziness, cheating, jealousy, sex before marriage, having children out of wedlock & murder as “sin”.
“Every sin & every blasphemy shall be forgiven, except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit shall never be forgiven.” – Matthew 12:31
“Empire” is already full of sex between unmarried straight people, as well as murder, theft, foul language, money laundering, extortion and open gang violence. If ALL those sins make you yawn, but a gay person’s sins light fire under your conviction, you must ask yourself why.
Do gay people sin? Of course they do, and so do you. Wearing this flesh is sin, that fact we live (‘evil’ spelled backwards) to die is a sin.
If you care so much about gay people & “saving them” of their sins why not clear your own house first before cleaning your neighbor’s house. News flash, as a sinner yourself, you were not sent here to save gay people of there sins.
We watch movies with lusty love scenes like, The Notebook, & we’re addicted to shows full of murder like The Walking Dead & Dexter. Apparently, watching sin is only a sin when it fails to validate our personal views.
“How To Get Away with Murder” stars Emmy award-winning best actress Viola Davis, who plays a lusty nympho adulterous. But this is not done for sensationalism.
Her heterosexual promiscuity story arc serves as a catalyst to call out patents who fail to address their child being molested by a relative.
Smollett’s character, Jamal Lyon’s homosexual promiscuity story arc serves as a catalyst to call out patents who use financial disowning, along with verbal & physical abuse to gay shame their child.
While speaking in Selma, AL a college football player asked me, “Why must Hollywood gayify every movie & tv show? Do you think it’s for money?” My response was the following:
Life imitates art. Marvin Gaye sung about war, because it existed around him. Shakespeare wrote of political & social tragedy, because it existed around him.
Gay people exist. You can write them away in the story of your consciousness, but even to your chagrin, there are gay people in your own family. If you strongly feel their existence is such a problem, why not view it as “their” problem? Inheriting another person’s ‘cross to bear’ as your own shows how uncomfortable you are with your own identity.
Is see ” #BlackLivesMatter #AllLivesMater ” printed on your shirt my brotha. Does that not include the lives of gay people? How can we tell a group of police not to hate our group, when we display hate for another group?
Inclusion of LGBT characters on film & TV sparked hate groups to decline for a 3rd straight yer to its lowest count in 10 years.
The Southern Poverty Law Center identified 784 hate groups in the USA in 2014, down from a high of 1,018 in 2011.
In 2013, LGBT scripted characters only represented 4.4% of all scripted series returning characters. That’s hardly gayifying Hollywood.
Disagreeing with the behavior of a gay person does not automatically make one homophobic. To judge & bully someone for disagreeing with a gay person’s choices is JUST AS BAD as bullying someone for being gay. All bullying is wrong, not just the one that doesn’t effect you.
Being afraid to call out a Gay person or a Black person, etc, is more racist & homophobic as your choice to hold back truth from them is solely race or sex motivated.
You don’t have to agree with a person’s choices, but you also don’t have to go out of your way to disrespect them. When a fan complained about what they called “gay scenes” in ABC’s #TGIT line up, creator Shonda Rhimes “clapped back”.
Being gay is not a choice. The hormone ratio we’re born with dictate attraction. Just because the mind can choose who it makes love to, does not mean the heart can choose who it loves.
Things never seem real until they happen to you or someone you love.
After orchestrating an eight-week youth book club read of “The Color Purple” one of the 14-year-old boys in the group handed me his book with a hand written note inside. That note moved me to tears, it read:
“Ebrahim, I want to thank you for letting us read this book, even though I told you I hate reading lol. I never heard of this book, but reading this helped save my life. This saturday, I planned to kill myself with my mother’s pills. I researched how many I would have to take for me to die. You may not know this, but I’m gay. It’s something I’ve known since third grade. All this time I have been trying to embrace it, but my mother wouldn’t let me. She says, ‘gay people go to hell. My son ain’t no sinner.’
I tried to be straight Ebrahim, but I just don’t like girls like that. I love them as friends only. And it hurts when everyone makes you feel like a sinner for something you can’t control. Like your freckles. What if someone said they hate you, because you have freckles lol I know that’s silly, but hey, that’s how I feel every time I wake up. Sometimes, when I go to sleep at night, I pray to God I never wake up again. I hate life. It’s no fun being laughed at all day, beat up & tortured, because I am gay.
I wrote a suicide note, but this book makes me want to rip it up now. The way Shug Avery & Sealy shared their love in this book taught me to have the courage to live my life, loving me and whoever my heart desires and not having to say I’m sorry for it. I kinda feel like you already knew I was gay lol but thank you for not treating me like I’m weird or flinching when I hug you. Please, don’t tell my mother I wanted to kill myself, that’s just one more thing for her to yell at me about.”
I’ve been a youth mentor since 9th grade football. From the time I successfully stopped a 7th grade girl’s suicide attempt of jumping off her middle school roof, to now. Reading that letter was the moment I realized how much power we have to either save a life by speaking life into a person or treating a person so selfishly that they want to take their own life.
Labels do not define us, they only divide us. We are all souls that posses no gender, no race, no sexual orientation, no face.
I don’t care if you are straight, gay, bi, transgender, asgender or a damn alien, never let anyone dictate to you who you are, except the beauty in your mirror. The only one you have to answer to your sins for is the most powerful artist in the universe who drew you as a work of art. People love to rub their ugly onto you for being more comfortable in your skin then they are in their own.
By: Ebrahim Aseem
Author of the book, “Why Men Cheat on Loyal Women”
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