KEX/Portland's Michael Castner Takes On Homophobes In Emotional Segment On Orlando Attack
June 14, 2016 at 1:06 PM (PT)
iHEARTMEDIA News/Talk KEX-A/PORTLAND midday host MICHAEL CASTNER had some powerful words on the ORLANDO murders on MONDAY's show (6/14).
Starting with a warning that he didn't want his nieces and nephews to hear the segment, CASTNER, who came out on the air in MARCH, dared homophobes to listen, then asked them, "What are you afraid of?" He wondered why homophobes obsess over the sex gay men have, and noted that everyone, whether they know it or not, knows a gay person, and that gay people have the same kind of concerns that others have. After pointing out the reason for the existence of gay pride parades and how the community has endured despite murder, AIDS, and oppression to reach the point at which gay marriage is legal, he discussed how the ORLANDO attack was a hate crime and targeted attack; he ripped TEXAS Lt. Gov. (and Talk radio station operator/host) DAN PATRICK for tweeting a Bible verse about reaping what you sow just after the attack (which PATRICK claimed was a previously-scheduled tweet) and talked about losing a friend in a disagreement over NORTH CAROLINA's HB2 "bathroom law."
"I can't do anything about the ignorance or bigotry ... but the fear, well, I've done what I can do here," CASTNER said. "You have nothing to fear. We don't want special rules, special laws, or your cakes baked with hate. What we do want? For you to leave us alone ... and if it's not too much to ask, could you not kill us?"
Hear the whole thing here: