People are all freaking out about the guy who tried to euthanize his "gay" dog.

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  1. milos_mommy

    milos_mommy Active Member

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    And honestly, yeah, that's freakin' horrible, and obviously doesn't make any sense, but:

    People throw their kids on the street because they're gay.
    People euthanize their dogs because they do things like bark and eat.
    People get rid of their dogs because they get new furniture and the dog doesn't match anymore.
    People kill other human beings for being gay.

    Why are people shocked by this? Why don't people freak out when people try to euthanize their dog for chasing a cat? Or for humping a person? Why don't people freak out when other people are murdered for their sexual preferences?
     
  2. Shai

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    The freakout is partially folks marvelling at the level of idiocy that leads a person to believe a male dog humping another male dog is a sign of sexual orientation in the first place.

    The bigoted reaction to that belief is, while even more appalling, somewhat less surprising.
     
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    I guarantee most of my friends/people on other sites freaking out about this have no idea that humping isn't a sexual behavior. They probably largely think, at least upon reading the headline, that the dog IS "gay". They're mad because they're either supposedly huge gay rights activists, or an "animal lover", probably some kind of PETA supporter, etc.

    Why aren't the people who are mad about someone dumping their dog for a horrifically stupid reason mad about the 300 dogs sitting in our city ACC, mostly for reasons like "I didn't know I had to feed him" or "he chased the neighbor's cat" or "I want to go out with my friends all night and didn't know I couldn't leave him alone all weekend".

    Why aren't the people who are mad because it's a disgusting display of people's attitudes towards gays, mad about Uganda's laws? Mad about marriage equality not passing? Mad about the 15 year olds sleeping on someone's couch or on a park bench because their parents caught them with gay porn?
     
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    Can't answer for your friends as we clearly hang out with different people. Just relating the reactions to the story that I've seen.
     
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    I don't think anyone thinks the dog is gay. At least not anyone that I've seen post it. If your friends think the dog is gay, maybe you have stupid friends...
     
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    People do get mad about all of the stupid excuses that people give for abandoning their pets. I see it in my news feed all the time!
     
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    I don't know about you, but I can be mad about more than one thing at a time.

    I also think it's a bit easier to shake your head at a specific target you actually know about - like the idiot who surrendered his dog for being gay - than all of the 300 people who dumped their dog in your city pound.
     
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    You cannot control what people get upset about. I hear this all the time- like "why did everyone care so much about Jean Benet Ramesey and not the 10,000 African children who died this week"- because it wasn't publicized. Unfortunately, we have created a world in which people will blindly follow what the media says. This guy euthanizing his dog for being gay is a hot issue right now because gay rights are a very important issue right now. It doesn't matter to people that the behavior isn't sexualitied, it matters to them that this man is clearly so bigoted that he is willing to stop a life because he is so strongly against homosexuality. Personally, this sort of behavior does really scare me, because I really have to wonder- if he is willing to kill his dog because of this, will he (or has he) harmed or killed human beings for being gay?

    You just have to remember that people react to things based on what is important to them, and based on what they know. Most people don't have the time or the drive to go out and find out what other stupid reasons dogs get killed. They react to what is in front of them, and I guarantee you this story is big because gay rights is big.
     
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    People aren't mad about that stuff? I hear about it constantly on Facebook and the news- people are outraged. As sass posted- people can actually be mad about more than one thing.

    Honestly, you need to stop being angry at others for not being angry enough. My mom, for example, is not an angry person. You would never see her protesting, or writing a passionate letter to her congressman about an issue she feels is important. She is not dumb, and it's not like she doesn't care. She just doesn't feel that it is a good use of her time to be angry about anything. She gets tired of me ranting about stuff all the time, and honestly she is a lot happier than I am. She spends her energy educating people rather than being angry with them.

    YOU have control over what YOU care about.
     
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    ^Bingo
     
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    I'm not saying people shouldn't be upset over it....I'm just honestly confused...

    It's not uncommon for people to set dogs on fire. These dogs are in the news. The articles are online. I'll usually see one mention of this, and more if I look further into it.

    This dog is EVERYWHERE. He's all over my newsfeed, all over tumblr and twitter, etc.

    Stuff like Jonbennet Ramsey VS. 1000s of African kids makes tons of sense from a media/sociology standpoint. One is a pretty white American girl with a baby doll face who was murdered in everyone's "backyard". 1000s of African kids, or even inner city kids who are killed in America, are miles and miles away from the reality most people know, are not glorified by the media, and are on a scale large enough that people feel like they can't do anything about it.

    I just don't see any difference (from a media standpoint) between this dog being dumped, and tons of others being dumped who have articles written on them. Or the difference between this dog who was dumped, and the 3 men sodomized, burned, and beaten in the Bronx for being gay. Or the 17 year old girl who was expelled from school when they asked what her sexual orientation was and she said "gay".

    This is a serious topic of conversation. I'm not trying to bash people for being more concerned with this dog than with other dogs or other gay rights situations. I'm trying to figure out what it is about this story, and this article (I've only seen one article) that is so appealing on a mass scale.
     
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    My guess is that this story is weirder. It is more outrageous, more shocking. Reasonable people don't see dogs as being straight or gay, and so this was just a "WTF" sort of story.

    Maybe people are being ridiculous about it, but still, you can't dictate what they feel or what they post.
     
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    *shrugs* I don't necessarily see it as ridiculous....I mean the situation is ridiculous, I don't necessarily think people's reactions to the article are ridiculous. I just don't see what makes this article or situation more notable than many, many others like it.

    But I guess working in rescue, or with dogs, you see and hear stories like this all the time, but they aren't typically reported in the news. Nobody writes an article about the guy who gives his dog up because he got new furniture and it doesn't match, or the woman who gives up the dog because she got tired of it.
     
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    Are you really confused? Do you really see this as a serious topic of conversation? This is more confusing to me than a story in the news about a moron giving up his dog for a stupid reason.

    This reason for giving up a dog is a first (well, at least for me, rofl) so it seems it would get lots of attention (even if some of us view it as ridiculous).
     
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    I had to go looking to see what you were talking about. Oddly, nobody in my world is talking about it!

    If you are honestly confused, I think the reason is that gay rights and sexuality is such a hot button topic for people. It's like the people I know who will vote 100% based on a politician's stance on gay rights, without even looking at any other aspects of their platform. People set their sites on the things that matter most to them, or affect them the most, and fixate on that.

    I've been involved in rescue for quite a while and have heard a lot of stupid excuses for getting rid of (or getting) a dog, and this one still made my eyes pop out a bit.
     
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    :rofl1::rofl1: we always joke that my one friend's dog is gay... I nearly choked when I read the title of this thread, and had to show her :eek:
     
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    For a lot of people, this is a new reason. So yah, its going to get attention because somebody heard about it.

    That said, NONE of my friends have been posting about it. I don't think its getting quite as far as one may think.
     
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    Someone is trying to euthanize their dog for being "gay"? For f*ck sake -_-;
     

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