These Two Horrible Men Harassed People on the F Train During Gay Pride

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If you know who these guys are, don't hesitate to email rbrooks@villagevoice.com
If you are going to be a violent, homophobic asshole, look around the room for cameras before you attack. Come on, that's like, rule No. 1 in How to Be a Violent, Homophobic Asshole.

Late Tuesday a video surfaced on YouTube of two men harrassing--at one point physically--Pride weekend revelers on a Queens-bound F train (can't confirm it was Queens-bound, but from the looks of the LED prompter it is definitely the F train).

It's unclear what started the altercation, but the video opens with an older man in a New York Giants polo shouting, "You fuck with me, and you're going to get more than fucked in the ass."

See the video for yourself after the jump.

A woman is recording the confrontation, when all of a sudden Giant Ass-Fucker notices he's on candid camera. The video cuts out briefly, at which point some title cards explain that the man chased the woman recording him across the car trying to snatch her phone.

The video picks up again with the woman recording and bystanders encircling her to protect her from the man and his friend.

Here's where it gets really ugly. The people Ass-Fucker was picking on get in his face, with one woman in a rainbow flag exclaiming, "She's videotaping you because. like ..."

Ass-Fucker interjects: "For what, for being normal?"

Rainbow Flag: "Normal? What's normal?"

This continues for 30 seconds before Ass-Fucker's friend puts his hand around Rainbow Flag's neck.

Rainbow Flag flails at him, shouting, "Shut me the fuck up! Shut me up!" The man pulls back his hand.

As of now the identities of the assailants are unknown, as are those of the recorder and the victims.

For the rest of the video, see below. And if you want a real test of your faith in humanity, get a load of the comments on the video.

Because the video cuts out at various points to narrate the events, the Voice will try to track down a longer version today.

Someone assaulting another New Yorker is always a shame, but it's especially cutting to see when tolerance is supposed to be the order of the day. Sigh.

(h/t: Reddit)

Send your story tips to rbrooks@villagevoice.com.




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justicehead
justicehead

And, yet, serial harrasser Tig Notaro gets promoted here. Whatta world.

JSOC
JSOC

I think the cretin saying "This is America" to support his bigoted views says it all, dont you? 

Danny Dandandadandandan
Danny Dandandadandandan

As for the assault on the woman, by law that's assault, but it seems to me that he's just protecting himself there from her violent behavior and from the crowd. Again, very complicated issue.

Danny Dandandadandandan
Danny Dandandadandandan

And clearly the guy should be arrested for what he did to that woman. Not sure I believe her when she said he grabbed her. We don't have evidence of that and the witnesses aren't exactly reliable. She might be trying to frame him in the worst light possible because of hiscomments. Maybe there is other footage that will clarify.

Danny Dandandadandandan
Danny Dandandadandandan

Seems like the homophobic guy is saying the gay guy got in his "face." I'm not homophobic, but it's not right to get in someone's personal space with your sexuality, especially when it's clearly unwanted. That happens all the time these days and to react against it is labeled homophobic. This guy clearly went too far with his comments and needs sensitivity training, and I can't say for sure what the kid did, but I am making an educated guess based on what I deal with on a daily basis. Yes, lgbt people have been taught to carve out their space in the public domain, but if you want to be an activist, you are going to run into the wrong people. It's a complicated issue, because if lgbt people don't make their presence known, the domain can become heteronormative again, and privilege isn't fair. But if you don't respect someone's space, things like this can happen too.

justtomwhitney
justtomwhitney

As of earlier today no one filed a report yet. If you know anyone involved or who witnessed it have them call the NYPD so they can take action. Call NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force at 646-610-5267 if you were involved or witnessed this.

Black FarRock
Black FarRock

Here is what I was referring to: "NYC: be on lookout for two homophobic jerks"

Black FarRock
Black FarRock

clearly I am talking about the solicitation by the VV for folks to be on the lookout....as I asked: and when we see them, what should we do?

Stephanie Stroud
Stephanie Stroud

It's like a scene right out of the real housewives of new jersey.

Robert Guajardo
Robert Guajardo

Sad. I moved here from Texas to escape this type of behavior. But it seems it still exists everywhere. This guy looks ethnic. Isn't he aware there are a lot of white people who are intolerant of his type as well? You would think he'd be more understanding. Somebody find and turn these guys in.

Ami Nosh
Ami Nosh

@Black: It has nothing to do with the homophobic comments. They are caught on tape physically assaulting two women and threatening to kill one of them. It doesn't matter race, gender, or sexuality . . . you put your hands on another person, you are guilty of assault. Furthermore, no man should EVER grab a woman by the neck or threaten to kill her, EVER!

Black FarRock
Black FarRock

and I d agree that we should be more civically involved...no doubt...

Black FarRock
Black FarRock

see, I have never seen or heard VV post anything about being the police for racists....

Tod Westlake
Tod Westlake

Assault is a crime, and in this case one that is exacerbated by the bigoted remarks the two men made. Not the "homophobic police," just the police.

Black FarRock
Black FarRock

so now, when you see them..what re u supposed to do? are we now going to become the homophobic police?

ChiefoPolice
ChiefoPolice

@Daniel Clarke That's the same thing I saw in the truncated video.  Obviously the guys have other issues, but the initial seconds of the video seem to indicate something else happening that's not caught on tape.

rsunshine
rsunshine

@Robert Guajardo You would think. My great aunt was a lesbian. When my white mom married my black dad, she pretty much disowned my Mom. People just suck.

jw_mixon
jw_mixon

@rsunshine Yeah...gay people are funny like that (no pun intended). They hate people being prejudiced against THEM But they have no issues when the shoe is on the other foot.

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