Kobe Bryant: New Poster Child for Ignorant, Backwards Subculture

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When I first heard that Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant mouthed a homophobic slur in the middle of a national game broadcast Tuesday night, and you know which word it was, all I could think of was a scene from the 2009 film “The Hangover.”

Here’s the dialogue (and video)

Stu Price: They are mature, actually. You just have to get to know them better.
Phil Wenneck: [yells from outside] PAGING DR. FAGGOT. DR. FAGGOT!
Stu Price: I should go.
Melissa: That’s a good idea, Dr. Faggot.

This scene comes just minutes after this line of monologue:

Phil Wenneck: [his answering machine message] Hey, this is Phil. Leave me a message, or don’t, but do me a favor: don’t text me, it’s gay.

This Phil character, and the film in general, connected with such a wide audience because this cartoonish meat head is so true to life. 

And Kobe, a role model to many young men, is no better.

By Paul M. Banks

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