I gotta hand it to the Culinary Union 226 / Unite Here people … they sure have been putting a lot of effort into meddling with the UFC’s shit. What started off as some questionably effective lobbying against MMA legislation in New York has now turned into a full on campaign that has involved demanding the FTC investigate the UFC (something that’s already happening) and creating a website about Dana White’s pottymouth.
Now they’re trying to stir things up again by sending a letter to Bud Light painting the UFC as ‘anti-gay’. Here’s their proof:
In recent videos, UFC light heavyweight Quinton “Rampage” Jackson repeatedly urged Japanese fans to repeat an anti-gay slur.’ The fans, who do not appear to understand English, repeated the anti-gay slur at Jackson’s urging. In one video, Jackson instructed a Japanese man to say, “Goodbye, I want you to piss on my face.”
In an expletive-filled video rant posted on YouTube.com, UFC president Dana White used an anti-gay slur, saying, “Whoever gave you that quote is a [expletive] and a [expletive] faggot and a [expletive] liar and everything else. He also uttered the “F” word a total of 34 times, the “S” word 4 times, and referred to a female sports journalist as a “[expletive] dumb bitch.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, “Rampage” Jackson shouted “every conceivable gay slur” at a movie crew member of “The A-Team” who had called him a homophobic epithet. He was also quoted in the article saying, “Acting is kind of gay. It makes you soft.”
In a recent UFC promotional video, Michael Bisping, a UFC middleweight fighter and coach on the reality television show “The Ultimate Fighter,” screamed an anti-gay slur at his opponent. In a media conference call, Bisping tried to. smear an opposing-coach. on “The Ultimate Fighter” by saying that his opponent had a “gay chiropractor” on his staff.”
Joe Rogan, who does commentary for televised UFC events, recently used a homophobic slur while referring to a MMA blogger.’ Rogan also to referred to an MMA blogger as a part of the female anatomy. According to sportswriter Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports, Rogan then wrote on a blog, “Never did I imagine that so many people would get their panties in a bunch about the use of the word [expletive] to describe a female blogger.”
In August, UFC heavyweight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was quoted saying that he would not train with gay students. He was quoted in USA Today saying, “What if the gay person has that malice of having physical contact with me, of staying there grappling? I would have no problems having a gay student in my academy, but I would rather not train with him.”
Now you’re not going to catch me pretending that MMA doesn’t have a bit of a problem from time to time when it comes to derogatory language regarding homosexuality. But that’s an issue that’s present across American society in general. In a country where every single Republican candidate for president considers homosexuality a perversion in the eyes of God and Baby Jesus, I think we can all agree there are way bigger fish to fry than the UFC.
I don’t even mind the Culinary Union pointing out this behavior. The more stuff like this comes up now, the sooner the UFC adds a lecture to it’s annual fighter summit entitled ‘Don’t be a homophobe, stupid!’ But this campaign has nothing to do with sticking up for the gays. The Culinary Union is only doing this because they’ve got beef with the non-union Fertitta casinos in Vegas. And trying to manufacture the perception that the UFC is anti-gay over a labour dispute is pretty pathetic.