Tag: Homophobic comments

Did TV9 gay sting operation piss you off?



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It sure pissed us off, this isn’t journalism, these so-called journalist need to know that you can’t pull a stunt like this. As we reported, a young man tried to take his life, after his parents saw him on this segment. What TV9 did was put more fuel into the homophobic fire, that keeps people in the closet. Thanks to our friends at Trikone (Manoj) we got a DIRECT email to the legal aid, I would like to encourage our readers to write an email to her expresses your concerns and outrage over this segment.

padmavathi.appala@tv9.net and you can also submit a message to TV9 founder Ravi Dutta right here

But we stronger advise our readers to drop Padmavathi an email.

TV9 “Gay Sting” Transcript

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Yesterday,  we blogged about the irresponsibility of TV9 actions against the Queer Desi Community in AP, they set up a sting operation to expose/humiliate gay men, and it almost cost someone their life – when they tried to commit suicide. If you can’t imagine or understand why this is bad, please read the translation of the program. Due to the sensitive content, the names have been edited out. Thank you Ram Abhireddy for the translation.

English translation :

The Female Reporter starts “A boy trying to pursue Girls is Common but Boys pursuing Boys
has become a Fashion. Gay Culture in Hyderabad is increasing drastically. All the gay men
in Hyderabad go to clubs or pubs once every week or ten days to celebrate. They Drink and
Dance with whomever they want.”

After having shown footage of a club she continues “This is 3 star pub in Secunderabad where
software employees, rich kids and students party on weekends but there is a specialty to
this party, the people you see in the video drunk dancing are Gay. Having got to know about
the Gay Parties the TV 9 team went to investigate and found the truth. Meeting, drinking and
partying like this on weekends has become a ritual to the gay men in this city.”

“Taking private party permission as an excuse all the gay men unite and party. It might sound
astonishing to hear but this is the reality. There are also very popular websites for gay men on
the internet. Planetromeo.com is the most famous website amongst others. The numbers of
users from Andhra Pradesh in this site are 6,500 out of which 4,604 are from Hyderabad alone.
They login, message, chat, meet and celebrate using this site. Any given time, there are about
200 users online on the site from the city. Software Employees and students are most users
who fall prey to this GAY CULTURE.”

“Sexy pictures, fashionable clothes, thrilling behavior and being able to communicate properly
are the weapons used by a gay man to attract another gay Man. The picture that you see is of
Person (D) who happens to be a software engineer who has taken sexy pictures of himself and
uploaded on the site to attract other gay men.”

The change the Picture and the reporter goes, “The guy in this picture is Person(R) who is a
student at JNTU University and lives in the dormitory. TV9 has “trapped” Person(R) after having
seen the pictures and contact information that he uploaded on the profile.”
The Phone Conversation between Person(R) and the “Investigator”

Investigator: Hello
Person® :Who is this?
Investigator: Is Person(R) there?
Person(R): Tell me I am Person(R) speaking
Investigator: You gave me this no on Planet romeo
Person(R):Ya, tell me who is this where r u from?
Investigator:I live in Banjara Hills Hyderabad where are u?
Person(R) :I am currently out of station but I am coming back soon
Investigator: When exactly are you coming back?
Person(R):I am coming back on Monday or Tuesday. Tuesday morning hopefully
Investigator:What are your stats?
Person(R):5.6 ht and 68 wt
Investigator: is it 5.8
Person(R):5.6 your height?

Investigator:I am 5.9, 5 feet 9 inches What are you? Are you a top or a Bottom
Person(R) :I am a top Investigator:so you are a top, what do you like?
Person(R): Foreplay and getting sucked. Where do u stay?
Investigator:I currently live in Banjara Hills
Person(R):Would you have place?
Investigator: ahhhhh
Person(R):Would you have place?
Investigator:I will call you when I have the place, Monday or Tuesday. I will only call you when I
have a place. What do you do?
Person(R): I got to JNTu
Investigator : Jntu? What do you do in JNTu?
Person(R): I study Mtech
Investigator : I can’t hear you properly can you be louder
Person(R): I am studying Mtech

They display another picture. “The person in this picture is Person(S) who is a Software
employee in a well known firm, good salary, lives in Miyapur and loves to go to Gay Parties.
Phone Conversation with Person(S) begins.

Person(S): Hello Who is this?
Reporter : Is Person(S) there?
Person(S): who is on the other side?
Reporter: This is Prashant speaking
Person(S): Prashanth?
Reporter: You gave me your number in PR
Person(S): oh.. ok Tell me
Reporter: Can you be a bit louder I cant hear you
Person(R): Tell me..
Reporter: Where are you Person(S) ?
Person(S): I am at Home currently, tell me
Reporter: Do you have a place now?
Person(S): Yes but my friends are there as of now
Reporter: Are your friends there?
Person(S) : Yes they will be here in an hour
Reporter: Ok What is your Age Person(S)?
Person(S): I am 27
Reporter: 27 oh.. What do you like?
Person(S):I am a versatile and you?
Reporter: Even I am also a versatile yaar
Person(S): ok ok Good to know
Reporter: What else do you like? What do you like on bed?
Person(S): I am telling you naa, I am a versatile, what do you like?
Reporter: ok ok

Phone Conversation ends. The Female Reporter starts talking “A lot of employees in higher
positions, white collared workers, highly qualified students are becoming slaves to lifestyle
which is against nature. Taking this as an advantage some people are blackmailing them.”

After showing a couple more pictures they stop at a picture. “The man in the pic is Person(F),
lives in Mehdipatnam, works at a software firm. To tell the truth, this is a part time job for him.
His actual “dhanda” is blackmailing. Talking to new people, getting sexual pleasures from
them and then black mailing them by taking pictures and videos of them and snatching money
from the same people for those pics and videos is Person(F)’s Job. While some do it for new
pleasures, some get spoilt by friends, others do it for the craving of money, the remaining are
vowed by the lust. Some of them have changed it into a business by capturing teenagers mind
and get them into this hell. Getting them into this Anti-Social lifestyle. In the city, A lot of clubs
give permission to organize gay parties without letting the rest of the world know.”

Indian Express Editor shows his homophobic side



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Some people need to understand how saying “that’s gay” hurts a community, a community just like any other community. I was surprised when Sam Rao posted on his facebook “Superbowl – The Doritos Adv is gay. Literally this guy sucks on others fingers and then rips the other guys pants off. WTF? What demographics are they going for. Sorry doesn’t work.” this is the same Sam Rao, who told me at the Fremont Mela 2008 how much he supports the LGBT South Asians, how it’s important for them to have a presence in the community. Sam, whether you like it or not, your comments did hurt the community. It gives a green light to let others know it’s ok to gay bash.

After I told him to refrain from using the word gay in a negative context and how it shows his ignorant side. He responded…

“Get off your horse, what makes this usage negative? IMO the majority demographic has been missed – like if it was a totally Euro (White) man oriented ad. If you are happy and gay and you know it – keep it to yourself”

Whoa there cowboy… “If you are happy and gay and you know it – keep it to yourself” that’s 180 contrast to what you said how you are supportive of the community, now you want people who are gay and happy to keep it to themselves. That’s not going to help anything,  section 377 was abolished – people who are comfortable should be out. It gives people who aren’t ready to come out, a source of courage and a reminder it’s ok to be gay and to be who you are. That’s why ever time I see “gay” used in a negative context on someone status, I ask them to please refrain from using that. Even my friend Rohan, from the Late Night Lounge, came to the realization that it’s NOT ok to say the word Fag in any way, shape or form. When we were watching the football game, every time he said fag, he would pay me two dollars.

I admit, Sam deleted the post, so I can’t quote myself but I said something along the lines that he needs to take the journalism award he won a couple of months ago out of his ass. His integrity is lacking and ignorance is showing. I should of kept my cool, but that last bit really set me off. When he switched off and started talking in Hindi, I started talking in Punjabi by saying … Tere kol koi tameez nahi haighee, Tu koi leader ni haiga, tere honkhar neh tenu paagal kita haigha. Tere kol koi dil nahi haigha, tere andkar koi insaani yat nahi haighee. Ek Jaanwar toh vi thaley haigha ah tu. (you are ignorant, you aren’t a community leader you are a heartless goat) after that exchange he ended up deleting me and blocking me. Likewise I blocked him. He once told me that even though I don’t notice, the community knows I’m out and gay. And that’s why people have a problem with me. But I’m beginning to think it’s not the community that has issues with me, it’s Sam Rao. Which is sad, I used to look up to him when I was a teenager, but after this, I don’t know the Sam Rao I used to know.