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Alabama high school unveils homophobic sign during nationally televised football game

Sep 5, 2012, 12:44 PM EDT

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Stay classy, Spanish Fort High School.

It’s the dream of most high school students to have their school’s football team play in a nationally televised football game on ESPN. How did the rooting section of Spanish Fort High in Alabama celebrate this honor recently? By displaying a homophobic banner which mocked its opponent’s school colors.

Unfortunately, the kids from Spanish Fort High School (who would go on to beat their purple-clad opponents from Daphne High 20-14) couldn’t help but tarnish it by bringing this sign to the game.

It may be hard to tell from the photo, but it says, “Purple? Man, That’s Gay.”

The scores are in. Originality: 0.0 (out of 10). Presentation: 0.0. Penmanship: 8.5. Guy in crowd wearing sunglasses during a night game: 0.0. Your town being taken over by four different countries since 1712, including France and the Confederate States of America: 0.0.

Also, Spanish Fort High’s nickname is the Toros, which is associated with bullfighting, which is glorified animal torture. All in all, Spanish Fort fails at being a high school. Please try harder, Spanish Fort.

Sorry if this all seems like a sort of Spanish Inquisition (0.0).

  1. thraiderskin - Sep 5, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    WHAAA!

  2. toronation - Sep 5, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Living an Spanish fort an attending the high school I know it wasnt twards anyone but daphne. It was not meant to be a comment twards gays. But then people like you are the ones blowing it out of proportion. If people knew what has been said back and forth between daphne an Spanish fort maybe they would get that it was just a joke. So for the record it was not a comment twards gays!!! Simply a joking sign that got taken the wrong way.

    • cur68 - Sep 5, 2012 at 6:15 PM

      Please stay in school. Please.

      • skids003 - Sep 6, 2012 at 12:24 PM

        Liberals don’t see anything as joking. If they can’t keep stirring it up, they have no argument to exist. That’s their whole platform. It’s just the way it is.

        • cur68 - Sep 6, 2012 at 1:01 PM

          Nice blanket statement. Generalize much?

          • skids003 - Sep 7, 2012 at 8:13 AM

            The truth hurts , don’t it, cur?

            • willywonka787 - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:24 PM

              Excuse me, were you born being this stupid, or did you have to go to a special school to learn?

    • willywonka787 - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:44 PM

      TORONATION

      I realize that you are an ignorant young child and a product of that savage, barbaric and grossly inferior place called “Alabama” which no one else in the entire civilized world ever wants to visit or live in, and that it’s probably not your fault that you are this clueless. Therefore I will try very – very – very – patiently to explain to you why your explanation is so ridiculous.

      You see, kid, whenever you say something is “That’s so g-a-y”, “That’s so Jew”, “That’s so Negro”, “That’s so ____” (whatever), what you are doing is calling someone else “G-a-y -like” and suggesting that this is a “bad Thing”.

      You’re not saying “That’s so g-a-y” because you think it’s something to be admired, something positive, something decent. You’re saying it because you’re implying that it’s something “bad”.

      And when you use that term (in this case, “g-a-y”) in that way, you’re also insulting everyone who happens to fit into that category. If you’re implying that it’s “so G-a-y” (and thereby suggesting that it’s bad to be “g-a-y”-like) then you are also insulting everyone who also does, in fact, happen to be “g-a-y”.

      You might not think you are, because, like I said, you are probably an ignorant dumb child and a product of that savage, barbaric and grossly inferior place called “Alabama”. But whether you “think” you are, or not, you are.

      And no, nobody is blowing anything “out of proportion”. When a banner with a hateful saying on it is big enough to be seen on nationwide TV, it’s not “out of proportion”.

      And no, it isn’t funny, or cute, either. And it’s not a joke. It’s just mean and hateful.

      If you have trouble understanding this, ask yourself how you would feel if my local high school proudly displayed a banner that said (in big letters big enough to be seen on nationwide TV): “That’s so ignorant stupid clueless Jesus-Freak hateful bigoted racist homophobic cousin-sex’ing sister-kissing Alabama redneck”.

      See if you would mind having it suggested that you were an “ignorant stupid clueless Jesus-Freak hateful bigoted racist homophobic cousin-sex’ing sister-kissing Alabama redneck”.

      Of course, maybe it only counts if you actually REALIZE and UNDERSTAND that being called an “ignorant stupid clueless Jesus-Freak hateful bigoted racist homophobic cousin-sex’ing sister-kissing Alabama redneck” was actually an INSULT, rather than something to be PROUD OF.

      • dragonfly1969 - Sep 8, 2012 at 8:19 AM

        Well, aren’t you just a hypocrite! By calling Alabama “savage, barbaric, and grossly inferior” YOU are doing exactly the same thing for which you are condemning toronation. And, I might add, an uninformed hypocrite at that. You obviously know nothing about Alabama. This state is far from any of those slanders you carelessly threw out. However, I won’t waste my time listing the abundance of incredible things I could to such a bigot as yourself. Apparently, you were personally offended, but maybe you should practice what you preach.

        Keep living in Wonkaland and stay out of the amazing and beautiful South. We don’t need your type here.

        • willywonka787 - Sep 9, 2012 at 3:58 AM

          DRAGONFLY1969 –

          No, actually, I’m not a “hypocrite” at all. That’s because it’s not “hypocrisy” when the substance of the comment being made is true. And no, I’m not “doing exactly the same thing for which” I am “condemning toronation.

          You claimed that I “obviously know nothing about Alabama” and that “This state is far from any of those slanders you carelessly threw out.”

          Oh, really?

          You know full well the bloody history of Alabama; you know full well its place in the struggles against segregation. You know full well the rampant racism, sexism, homophobia, intolerance of other religions

          The following news artlcle is from 2012. This year.

          Therefore, kindly spare me the “We’ve come a long way, baby” B.S.

          .
          Poll: Obama’s a Muslim to many GOP voters in Alabama, Mississippi

          After years of battling false claims and viral emails alleging that he is a Muslim, President Obama hasn’t gotten far among Republican voters in Alabama and Mississippi – about half still believe he is Muslim and about 1 in 4 believes his parents’ interracial marriage should have been illegal, a new poll shows.

          The poll of Mississippi Republicans found that 52% said they believed Obama is a Muslim, 36% weren’t sure and only 12% said they believed he is a Christian. He fared slightly better in Alabama, where 45% said he is a Muslim, 41% weren’t sure, and 14% said he is a Christian.

          Obama is the son of a white mother and a black father, a marriage that remains objectionable to many Republican voters in two of the last states forced by the Supreme Court to allow interracial marriage. A 1967 court ruling on the case of a Virginia couple struck down laws against interracial marriage still on the books in 16 states, including Mississippi and Alabama.

          A few states, including Alabama, kept the laws even though they could no longer be enforced. Alabama finally repealed its law in 2000 through a public referendum, though 40% of the electorate voted in favor of keeping interracial marriage illegal

          http://articles.latimes.com/2012/mar/12/news/la-pn-poll-obamas-a-muslim-to-many-gop-voters-in-alabama-mississippi-20120312.

          • dragonfly1969 - Sep 9, 2012 at 11:26 AM

            Say what you want if it makes you feel better about yourself. The fact is the “substance of your comments” are UNTRUE and actually opinions. You are stereotyping and condemning thousands of people based on their places of residency. Therefore, you are a hypocrite.

            And yes, I am fully aware of the south’s history. But you are wrong if you think significant progress hasn’t and isn’t being made. No, I am not saying things are utopian, but then, there are issues EVERYWHERE.

            Aaahhhh, a liberal Obama supporter…that explains a lot. First of all, everyone is entitled to their beliefs and opinions regarding his religious beliefs, citizenship, education, and anything else they choose. It’s called freedom of speech, and I realize that a great many liberals love to tout free speech until it disagrees with their platform or views. Unfortunately, that’s not the way it works. As Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. once said, “If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other it is the principle of free thought, not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate.”

            I’m sure you are preparing a scathing reply…feel free. However, I am done discussing this with you as it is futile, and I am not, afterall, the jackass whisperer.

            • willywonka787 - Sep 9, 2012 at 2:27 PM

              Ohh, I don’t need any help in feeling better about myself, thanks.

              Aftre all – It’s not my state that was so firmly wedded and devoted to racism, and intolerance, etc. that FORTY PERCENT OF THE STATE’S VOTERS, VOTED TO RETAIN A LAW BANNING INTERRACIAL MARRIAGE EVEN -AFTER- AND -DESPITE- KNOWING FULL WELL THAT IT COULDN’T EVEN BE ENFORCED.

              Tell me – how much more racist and despicable can you possibly get than to have FORTY PERCENT of the population go to the polls and essentially go,

              “Ah know this vote is only symbolic, ah know we’uns ca’int legally enforce this, ah know we ca’int legally prevent n*ggers an’ white folk from marryin’ BUT I WISH WE COULD!!!</b"

              …. ??

              The substance of my comments is true, and you know it. That in a nutshell is what is truly upsetting to you, isn’t it.. That’s what you find so embarassing – because you know full well that it’s true.

              And yes, everyone is entitled to their beliefs and opinions regarding his religious beliefs, citizenship, education, and anything else they choose. They have a right to express racist, sexist, homophobic views and beliefs.

              They ALSO have a right to be called out for those racist, sexist, homophobic beliefs.

              That’s called freedom of speech, also.

              If you wish to actually, seriously claim that the President of the United States is “a Muslim” (which, he isn’t, by the way, just in case you were confused.. He was raised a Christian) as significant numbers of Tea Baggers in the South apparently like to do…. you have every right and freedom to do so.

              The rest of the planet, meanwhile, is entirely free to point and laugh at you and ridicule you for being the apparent Looney-Toon that you are.

              We have the right to do that, you see. Freedom of speech works for us as well as for you.

      • toronation - Sep 10, 2012 at 1:43 PM

        No you are right I wouldn’t care if that was said. Not because I don’t understand it or because I’m stupid but because it doesn’t matter when it’s coming from someone who has absolutely no idea what or who they are talking about. Alabama is not a savage, barbaric nor grossly inferior place. It has had it problems but hasn’t all the other states. Don’t blame everyone in one state for it’s passed and for the judgements of those much higher. Yes the sign was not the best idea but it was a bunch of teenagers who didn’t think about it offending anyone But just trying to be funny. It may not be funny or cute to you but at the time it was to them. After being seen other students, parents and administrators made them take it down. Now knowing they offended people they felt bad but by then it was too late. Punishment has been done and it’s over. An as far as the rest of the civilized world if they don want to live in or visit Alabama then DON’T!!

        • willywonka787 - Sep 11, 2012 at 7:30 PM

          Yes, we know that the people holding the banner thought it was funny at the time. That’s basically THE PROBLEM right there.

          You still apparently do not “get” it.

          The PROBLEM was not merely that they held up a sign that was seen by lots and lots of people to be homophobic.

          The PROBLEM was that they created and held up a sign without even realizing, understanding or having it occur to them at the time exactly WHY others would be offended by it.

          It’s a bit like saying “Sorry if y’all were offended by it. Personally, we thought it was funny.” it’s nice and all that you feel apologetic for it, but the problem isn’t just that you did something that offended others. The real problem is that you don’t appear to have any understanding of why it was even regarded as offensive in the first place.

          And actually yes, Alabama is indeed a savage, barbaric, grossly inferior place.

          That’s why they say “travel broadens the mind”, going to a different country or different part of the U.S. would show you just how much more advanced – technologically, socially, intellectually – the rest of the world outside of Alabama is. If you had ever lived anywhere else or visited anywhere else on the planet in your brief period of life, you would have known this.

          I previously stated:

          “Of course, maybe it only counts if you actually REALIZE and UNDERSTAND that being called an “ignorant stupid clueless Jesus-Freak hateful bigoted racist homophobic cousin-sex’ing sister-kissing Alabama redneck” was actually an INSULT, rather than something to be PROUD OF.”

          Thank you for proving my point.

          • defender2012 - Sep 16, 2012 at 10:23 PM

            Let’s forget the word “hypocrite” and use the word “tolerant”.

            willywonka787, you probably claim to be “tolerant”, “accepting”, “progressive”, “foward-thinking”. If so, that’s wonderful

            But is using the harmful language, derogatory remarks, and negative tone really that “tolerant”? I would say somebody who accepts a mistake, apologizes, and moves on is more tolerant than what you have shown us.

            So thank you to toronation for being tolerant.

  3. dallasstars9 - Sep 5, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Note to self – Do not send kids to Spanish Fort High. Not only are they immature, but looking at toronation’s post, the level of education seems to be lacking as well.

  4. leet793 - Sep 5, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    What do you mean ‘seems”?

  5. hmp71 - Sep 5, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    Whether it was directed at Daphne or gays or anyone else it was in poor taste and the administration of that school should not have allowed it.

    • 12is3times4 - Sep 6, 2012 at 9:07 PM

      The administration probably didn’t even know about the banner until it was too late. At that point all they could do was punish the students after the fact.

  6. defender2012 - Sep 5, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    The only closed minds are the minds that think they are open. Think about that before you attempt to insult “toronation” on their grammar and their obvious view on the magnitude of such a small issue.

    I graduated from Spanish Fort High School. It is where I spent all four years of high school. It is where I mastered many subjects and triumphed many trials. It is one of the greatest schools in the state of Alabama.

    The sign does not reflect the views of each student at the high school nor does it reflect the views of the administration or staff. Do not attempt to insult this school, this state, or this culture simply because the media did what it’s best at…blowing things out of proportion.

  7. liberalspissmeoff - Sep 6, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Rick Chandler,

    I live in Spanish Fort. The game was played early afternoon on Monday. For you to say that the guy is wearing sunglasses during a “night game” shows that you clearly did no research prior to writing this story. Let me guess… you probably looked up the history of Spanish Fort on Wikipedia and thought it would help your agenda to mention the Confederate States of America. Your reporting is garbage.

    • skids003 - Sep 6, 2012 at 12:12 PM

      Hey man Rick is obviously a liberal. They don’t have to research or print truth, they make “it” up as they go.

  8. mybrunoblog - Sep 6, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    The sign was inappropriate but c’mon. These are a bunch of dumb 16 or 17 year old kids. Tell them they did something stupid and get over it. We all did silly things when we’re were young.

  9. dragonfly1969 - Sep 6, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Rick Chandler,

    Let me begin by saying that I do not condone the behavior of those students. However, they ARE teenagers. Teenagers often make foolish decisions and hopefully learn from the consequences. Now…

    Wow! You must be desperate for a story if this is the best you could do. First, it was NOT a night game. It was played at 3:00 in the afternoon. Get your facts right. Second, are you seriously bringing up history from the 1700s? That’s really relevant. Third, many schools across the country have chosen Toros as their mascot. Ours is representative of our Spanish history. Next, Spanish Fort High in no way fails as a school. It is an amazing school. In fact, many families, mine included, have moved to this community because of the great schools. Last, don’t apologize for something when you are definitely not sorry.

    All in all, you fail at being even a decent reporter. Please try harder, Rick Chandler.

  10. defender2012 - Sep 6, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    The fact that NBC (along with other networks and media outlets) is picking this up is what makes the most sense to me. Now as for the significance of it? I haven’t a clue.

    I do love hearing all of the false generalizations about the south and now about Spanish Fort. It reminds me how unfortunate it is for those who spew these generalizations that they have not had the opportunities I have.

    • liberalspissmeoff - Sep 6, 2012 at 6:18 PM

      The mainstream media loves to come to the rescue when they think someone is being victimized. I played football at Daphne (the purple team) before Spanish Fort HS was built. Trust me, this was not the first time something has been said about our colors. We never made it an issue before — we played hard-nose football regardless. People talk smack in sports… Something like this may be offensive in another part of the country. We have thicker skin than that in Alabama.

      As for the Toro mascot comment in your article — Are you kidding me?! You really are looking for anything to put down that school. You know for a fact that was their intention when they picked a mascot? Or are you making an assumption like the sunglasses remark? Based on this rhetoric, shouldn’t the Chicago Bulls receive the same criticism? Since Chicago’s the Mecca of the Left, I would assume they’re the exception, right?

      Rick Chandler, you seem all too eager to talk about Southern bigotry. Read the definition of “bigotry” and answer this: If you’re making general statements about people in the South and refuse to accept their opinion on an issue, what does that make YOU by definition?

  11. ssrock64 - Sep 6, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    I am here to set the record straight. I am a student at Spanish Fort HS who moved to the area this year. I came into the area with all the same biases as many of the commenters (and there writer) here. As an openly pansexual liberal, I thought that I would be harassed and shunned. Instead, I’ve been welcomed into a progressive and open school, one of the best in Alabama, which is on-par with the liberal school I was at before. The small group that held up the sign were stopped by classmates and administration in minutes after unveiling it, and since it was put up they’ve received nothing but anger from our student body. We know that it will re-affirm stereotypes of Alabama, but I’m here to tell you that Spanish Fort is not the stereotype of Alabama. Part of the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay, a vibrant musical and artistic community of all creeds and colors, and is NOT as full of racists and homophobes as we’re made out to be.

    Yes, other parts of Alabama are very socially conservative, as are parts in other states, but casting the people and the students of Spanish Fort as adhering to that stereotype based on the actions of just four or five students is disgusting and whoever published or promoted such a heinous and hurtful article should be ashamed. This is hurting our school and hurting our students and administration, one of the greatest schools in the state.

    • mybrunoblog - Sep 6, 2012 at 9:39 PM

      Am I the only one who had to look up pansexual?

  12. gibbstastic - Sep 8, 2012 at 8:21 AM

    how many freaking people “from Spanish Fort HS” are on this thing?