Greg Rikaart Blogs About 'Bullies' Melissa Reeves and Chick-fil-A COO Dan Cathy for Huffington Post



 




The Young and the Restless star Greg Rikaart (Kevin) is continuing to drive home the point that issues surrounding support of Chick-fil-A's recent "Appreciation Day" had little to do with free speech, and a whole lot to do with sanctioning and cloaking bigotry. The passionate actor blogged for The Huffington Post about his recent tweet to fellow Sony TV soap star, Melissa Reeves (Jennifer, Days of Our Lives), who had previously tweeted her support of Chick-fil-A. Below are a few excerpts.

On what the Chick-fil-A debate is really about:

The media blitz surrounding Chick-fil-A isn't about chicken sandwiches or Dan Cathy's First Amendment right to speak his mind. Mr. Cathy's company has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to organizations like the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which publicly denounces the "impure lifestyle" of the LGBT community.

Furthermore, this company donated money to the Family Research Council, which supports the criminalization of homosexuality and states on their website that they oppose efforts for homosexuals to have equal rights. Can you even imagine -- your neighbor, your friend, your sibling or your child being criminalized for being who they are?

On what Chick-fil-A COO Dan Cathy's statement of support for "traditional marriage" and Reeves' Twitter co-signing mean for struggling LGBT kids:

Whether grown up bullies like Dan Cathy and Melissa Reeves realize it or not, they are directly or indirectly telling these vulnerable kids that there is something wrong with them, or they are somehow less than. Nothing could be further from the truth. I'm certain of it.
 

For the rest of Rikaart's post click here.

Photo of Melissa Reeves by PR Photos


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Thank you but liberals dont care. They want to continue to demonize Christians and paint themselves out to be civil rights martyrs. Give me a freaking break!

This is America. The left and the right wont change on this or any other issue. It's a waste of time to argue it. Time to move on!! This site is supposed to be about soaps , not liberal gay politics!

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How is Greg Rikaart demonic? And what's demonic about gay people wanting to have the same freedoms and liberties as straight ones do-- the right to marry who they choose legally? I don't know how this turned into a political debate with the "conservatives" being pitted against the "liberals."

Anyone who feels that another person should be denied basic human rights just because of their sexual orientation is, in my opinion, no better than Adolf Hitler or a member of the Klu-Klux Klan! No, Melissa Reeves hasn't murdered hundreds of people, but her behavior is definitely disgusting and despicable. This woman is claiming to be Christian while promoting hatred and intolerance. I am sure that if God were "one of us," he wouldn't want us treating each other this way. Miss Thang needs to go reread her Bible.

This is not a political issue, it's an issue of basic rights and liberties. Conservatives seem to want to take those things away from people and liberals, such as myself, just want everyone to live in harmony and be happy. So I guess if we want to make it a political argument, I am on team "live and let live........."

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Oh God, I knew at some point in this thread the crazy born agains would be back to rear their ugly heads.

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Thank you AC! The bottomline is that the gay rights lobby is intent on destroying those on the other side. This isnt America any more. SMH.

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A prayer for the liberals.

Father forgive them for they know not what they do.

They are deceived by the God of this world. Please allow your light and your love to shine upon their hearts and to guide them into righteousness before its too late.

And reveal to them that the only thing you and a true follower of yours hates is the sin that grips ALL OF US.

In the mean time by your spirit inform those that feel persecuted and condemned that you loved them enough to send your son to this earth for die for their sins.

Show them that you dont want to take away their freedoms, but ironically you desire to give them the ultimate freedom- the freedom from sin. Bring us together in fellowship as we worship your name- the name above every name-the name at which every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess-the name of Jesus.

Amen.

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Bigotry in the name of Christianity or any other religion is still bigotry.

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Using religion as a weapon of hate, a device to pull people apart rather than bringing them together makes you an extremist. There is no difference in extreme right wing conservative Christians and fundamentalist Muslim extremists. Unfortunately you have missed the true intent of the message, us enlightened people will pray for you. Dear god, please help these crazy people who misinterpret your words to suit their uneducated narrow minded bigoted ways. Please help to give them the ability to live among others that aren't carbon copies of themselves and help them to actually embrace and appreciate the beauty of the diversity of lifestyle and culture that they are to threatened to allow the same freedoms in life that they want to enjoy.

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Oh I forgot, Amen!

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I'm with you, Tom.

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Gregory, if you really want to make a real stand, you would admit to the world you are gay. Until you can be honest about yourself, you are tacitly supporting homophobia. Come out already.

Melissa can say whatever she wants, it wasn't fair of you to call her a bully when you are coward living in a glass closet. Come on out, the water is fine.

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- Greg, YOU are the bully. She said what she said and you continue berating her nonstop and refuse to let her have an opinion that differs from you. THAT is bullying.

- There is no proof that the Chick-fil-A CEO gave money to any organization BECAUSE of what they do regarding stopping gay marriage, trying to "correct" homosexuality etc. Any statement to the contrary is libel.

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This issues is first and foremost about freedom of speech.
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Yeah, just like slavery was "first and foremost" about state's rights.

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BigFan wrote:
Sodom and Gomorra were destroyed because of homosexuality and 2000 years later it is still sin.

Well, considering homosexuality hasn't gone anywhere in these two thousand years since Sodom and Gomorrah (I decided to opt for the actual spelling), God sure is taking his sweet time bringing about another calamity. Maybe he has softened his stance over the ages (or maybe it was all just a big coincidence).

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Since this issue was raised in an earlier comment, I'd like to strongly commend Jamey Giddens and everyone who runs Daytime Confidential for giving consistent, serious coverage to the issues of gay representation in daytime dramas and homophobia in the daytime world. It is VERY important that these issues are raised in the daytime subculture, which has a long history of homophobic programming (with some welcome changes in the last decade); a good number of homophobic viewers; and, alas, even some homophobic stars. For those reasons, this is exactly the kind of place where raising issues of LGBT representation and LGBT rights is extremely valuable.

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First off if Greg is gay who says he is not out, he may not be out in the press to fans but he could be out. If he is gay & not out, that his HIS BUSINESS and that does not promote homophobia. Stretching much.

Also Why dont some of you, IDK, do reaearch on the anti-gay orgs CFA gives money to before opening your laptop and typing stuff you know is FALSE. CFA gives money to Exodous which uses repairative therapy to turn gays straight
Any org that works to repress rights and freedoms of any group in society is aganist humanity in my position.

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appleridge wrote:

Also Why dont some of you, IDK, do reaearch on the anti-gay orgs CFA gives money to before opening your laptop and typing stuff you know is FALSE. CFA gives money to Exodous which uses repairative therapy to turn gays straight
Any org that works to repress rights and freedoms of any group in society is aganist humanity in my position.

Again, there is no proof they gave money to those organizations for that reason.

Greg's right about one thing: this isn't a first amendment issue. This is an issue in intelligence. 95% of the responses to Melissa's tweet, stating an opinion, were not counterpoints they were, "Get her off my TV!" "I'll fast-forward Days when she is on!" "What an idiot!" etc. etc.

She exercised her freedom of speech, Greg exercised his. I have no problem with anyone against Chick-fil-A to state their reasoning clearly, concisely and in a respectful way. Don't just call someone an idiot because they disagree with you.

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Two tongue in cheek comments that sum up my feelings on the issue

Karen Wilson ‏@akakarenwilson "If there'd been a Woolworth Appreciation Day in 1960, maybe I wouldn't have to sit next to this black person."

And from John Fugelsang - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vmuFpY428g

And to quote Betty Bowers 4 out of 5 evangelical divorcees feel that marriage is sacred

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CFA gives money to EXODOUS & It is widely known what EXODOUS does to gays. CFA gives them money & by doing so supports EXODOUS mission. Sorry your arguement Bookerman holds no water

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CFA gives them money & by doing so supports EXODOUS mission.

It is not my job to speculate. That's speculating.

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I don't know that Exodus does anything to force people into their program, as is sometimes portrayed. The people who go to them want to 'not be gay'. I don't think it's possible to change sexuality, so I don't think it works, but I don't think it's right to stop people from trying it.

That's part of what it means to be "pro choice". Wink

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TV Gord, there in lies the problem. It's because being gay is viewed by the public at large as a perversion or choice that forces the stigma of shame onto men and women who happen to be born this way. Being gay isn't a choice, it's who you are. It's as much a part of me as my blue eyes, or being left handed. I was forced as a child in kindergarderden to try and change to being a right handed child because left handed children were viewed as weak. I struggled with being gay for many years, it wasn't something I was proud of at the time because I didn't want to be different. I wanted to feel like everyone else, but that wasn't ultimitely an option. I had to finally accept who I was, and it wasn't until I did that I absolutlely sky rocketed In life. People must like who they are in order to succeed in every aspect of being. We all want to be accepted, loved, included. As long as gay people continue to be viewed as less than, different, a religious abomination, children will continue to be bullied, hate will continue to be spread, and more people will die through suicide or hate crimes simply for being who they are. This is my Normal, in my brain, being gay is correct, maybe it's how things came together during the creation process, I don't have that answer. What I do know is I've never known to feel any other way. From the farthest memory back in my mind as natural as it was for me to be left handed as opposed to being right handed, this was my normal. If people would allow everyone to be who they are, the way they were intended to be, there would be no need for an EXODUS program, no need for a conversion, because gay people could then be normal, just like everyone else. That would be the biggest gift the generations of gay children to be born for thousands of years to come could ever receive.

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Tom, you had to go through your own journey to reach your self-acceptance, but that doesn't mean you have the power to bestow it on everyone else. It would be great if we had the power to make everyone perfectly happy with who they are, but none of us do. I'm not saying you shouldn't tell your story or counsel the people you can help, but you can't force your enlightenment on people who aren't ready to accept it. That's just the way life is.

Some people might find the way to the same acceptance you have found by going through Exodus. It's a longer path and probably a more painful one, but do any of us have the right to stop them from going through the steps they need to go through to find their own truth?

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Maybe they won't won't need to find other peoples "truths" was my point, the conflict typically doesn't come from within yourself, it comes from other people making you feel the need to conform. When children are born with different sexual orientations and can be accepted just as you accept their eye color or hair color, then I highly doubt mosur any people would ever need a reason to change. By the way, I'm not forcing anyone to do anything, I was trying to point out the effects of being singled out to be made to not fit into a mold of what's acceptable to the traditional conservative population. Everyone on the planet has their issues to overcome, gay, straight, whatever. That will never change, but I'm just asking for a level playing field.

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Thank you. Im not gay, and I dont support same-gender marriage. But I support almost everything else that is being fought for.

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Hey Mon, thank you, I appreciate your support. You are a sweetie.

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ACMallet wrote:
I'm gay and I am 100% in favor of same-sex marriage, but I hate what seems like witch-hunting against anyone who disagrees. For crying out loud, let Melissa Reeves have her own opinion and then ignore her. Why is it that the left can't just say the people who disagree with them are wrong; why do you have to say they are EVIL and must be destroyed?

Here! Here! I am straight and 100% for gay marriage and equality and I agree with everything you just said.

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Thank you, TomZ for your words.

What people don't get about Exodus is that more often than not it's families that are forcing/pressuring their 'loved' ones into this program. And it doesn't really fix being gay. It might get 'buried' for a while but I wouldn't want their therapy bills, because that's massive amounts of self hate.

I've been out for 17 years but I knew things were different when I was in junior high and had crushes on female classmates. As I went to a Catholic school, I didn't have a frame of reference when I was growing up or a role model until I was in university.

The media in the past 18 years has improved quite a bit, but still needs a way to go. AMC's Bianca/Maggie,GL's Olivia/Natalia, ATWT Noah/Luke, AMC's Bianca/Marissa, DAYS's Will/Sonny, B&B's Dani/Karen are great advancements in as much as US daytime has gotten. I've been watching a Spanish tv prime-time soap that's had a same-sex storyline for 11 seasons.

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If the Chick-Fil-A boycotters were consistent, they would refuse to buy gasoline or anything made of plastic because they're all products of oil which comes from countries that execute gays.

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Thank you, Ceridwyn, for this statement. I was considering addressing the issue of "choice" myself. While I believe it is a dubious choice for any adult to go to a place like Exodus, it is NOT a "choice"--not a free choice--for a teenager who is dragged there by homophobic parents and/or homophobic clergy.

And, while I'm writing... I haven't seen anyone say that Melissa Reeves is "evil" or "must be destroyed." If anyone actually said any of that, it's absolutely wrong. But it is important that we all speak out against bigotry and injustice. We shouldn't "ignore" awful statements by daytime stars or anyone else. Not while anti-gay bias and discrimination still exist all over the U.S. Not while people are still being attacked and murdered on the streets because some homophobe decides (rightly or wrongly) that someone is gay. Not while too many gay teens consider, attempt, and succeed at suicide. And not while too many Christian, Jewish, and Islamic clergy continue to preach bigotry.

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Bob Lamm wrote:
I was considering addressing the issue of "choice" myself. While I believe it is a dubious choice for any adult to go to a place like Exodus, it is NOT a "choice"--not a free choice--for a teenager who is dragged there by homophobic parents and/or homophobic clergy.

I don't think the issue of choice needs to be pointed out yet again, so thank you for avoiding that. Anyone who has any handle on their sexuality knows that it's not a choice. That's not what's being discussed here.

I agree that no minors should be "dragged" to a place like Exodus, and while I can IMAGINE it happens, I haven't seen any interviews with anyone who has been through that by an independent news organization. I'm suspicious about how often that happens. It's the sort of horror story that people can come up with, just as we frequently see soap fans dreaming up worst case scenarios from the network executives right here on these boards. Wink

Let me point out AGAIN that I don't think Exodus works. I think it's a waste of time. (Tom, I think you missed that point when you decided I needed a lecture on the issue of choice. Believe me, I'm on board with your views. I agree.) All I'm saying is that it goes too far to try to shut down these groups just because we disagree with them. There are diets out there that I don't think help anybody lose weight, but I wouldn't try to ban them. People have to find their own path, and my only point is that some people may choose a path that we think is pointless. That doesn't mean we have to right to stop these groups from doing what they do. Speak out against them, sure. Shut them down? That's where I jump off the bandwagon.