Originally Posted by mstone
You are kidding right? Clearly he has the emotional fortitude of a little puppy. My rebuke of his outbursts are really about as kid gloves as I get. I understand if someone is gay, this is an emotional issue for them, but I'm not gay so it is all about what makes sense from a logical point of view.
I'm not anti gay, anti Cook or anti Apple. All I emphasized was that it would be better in my opinion for Cook to acknowledge his sexual preference being either gay, straight or whatever and get it out in the open to remove any negative effect on the stock market. If people have a problem with that philosophy then they probably have other more urgent issues that they need to attend to rather than arguing in a forum and calling other people vulgar names. I'm not the one losing my cool here. Far from it in my opinion. I actually like gay people very much, as long as they are rational. In this case IH is not.
Back from a weekend trip, so I know the thread is almost stale.
I want to say, I understand your position and I do appreciate having people who are indifferent to someones orientation.
And i apologize if I was too quick to join the attack. As I said. I often have a lot of respect for your posts.
I do want to point out that it sounded to me like there was a lot of latent attitudes in in your posts. Kind of how. My parents will say theyre not racist and point out their black friends and such. But some remnants will still show through, and they'll still use potentially charged words like "colored person" or something. or a better example may be someone who claims to support feminism but will still characterize their wife with a volatile word like "hysterical"
Words like lover, tryst, and characterizing gay friends as emotional basket cases may be accurate, but they run the risk of being loaded terms. Even though it wasn't in the message you were sending, it turned up in the way the message was received. I do wish there were more people with the general attitude of yours...that orientation shouldnt matter to the job the person does...but I think there are still some latent attitudes that manifest themselves in your approach and word choice, and honestly, in a conversation so emotionally charged, some people are sensitive to those things. It's not a matter of if that is right or wrong; instead, it's about understanding people, their positions, and their reactions on a deeper level.
Anyway. I hope I wasn't too. I don't know. Arrogant perhaps. Or patronizing. But I wanted you to know why i took issue with some of the things you said. Like I said. I appreciate that you are the type of person who is slow to judge.