Blaming gay bashing on UFC is ridiculous

Meatheads that wear the kind of apparel pictured in the photo above and hate on gays and others is not exclusive to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)  audience.

Was this incident a hate crime?  Well, sounds like a safe bet with some neanderthals who yell homophobic garbage at someone while bashing in their head 50+ times.

But to blame the UFC for this is just nonsense.  This could have been a hip hop or metal concert, a Canucks game, or another event.  To say that a hate crime is caused by drunken guys inspired by watching a fight is a stretch to say the least.

Just yesterday I was standing on Robson eating at my favourite shawarma place at about 4:30 in the afternoon, when three guys who were also eating there got up, ran towards a BMW convertible stopped at a light (female driver, male passenger), and beat the shit out of the guy, with a dramatic scene that followed.  These Ed Hardy wearing, tattoo gangster wannabes are everywhere in Vancouver these days.

I understand that the couple who were assaulted feel this way, and quite frankly, they have every right.  But taking a step back from the situation would give a clearer perspective in terms of culpability.


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