Taking Trolling and Hate to a Whole New Low

the worst

“Dear PoPville,

An anti-gay message has been sprayed in front of Thaiphoon at Connecticut and S ST NW. I took theses photos Sunday night, after the Orlando shooting–not sure when it was sprayed. Also, is there a way to help clean the sidewalk? Do any neighbors have a pressure washer?”

Another reader updates:

“Looks like someone spray painted “DOWN WITH THE GAY AGENDA” on the sidewalk, and someone later painted over GAY to say GUN. (At least that’s what it looked like from across the street.) It’s cordoned off right now and police are on site.”

27 Comment

  • Ashy Oldlady

    Maybe you’re misunderstanding the message. Thaiphoon is decorated for Pride weekend, so they’re obviously down with the gay agenda 🙂

  • There is nothing more disheartening than reading the comments on WaPo articles about the Orlando shooting (well, in general, really, but this in particular). Thousands of horrible comments. It just makes me sad for the world.

    • 1) Don’t read the WaPo comments section. About anything. It will make you despair for humanity.
      2) If you do succumb to the desire to read WaPo comments, select the option to order the comments by “Most Liked.” The most-liked comments tend to be the reasonable ones, and the hate-filled ones land much further down.

      • +100000000
        Same with YouTube comments!

      • One exception to #1: Reader comments on Carolyn Hax’s columns and online chats are usually OK. (Still, probably best to reorder them by “Most Liked” before reading.)

  • Accountering

    It takes a special kind of ignorance to do something like this.

  • west_egg

    This has been…er, “updated.” http://i.imgur.com/4xsjtu7.jpg

  • Smith and Wesson stock was us 6.87% today. Sturm, Ruger and Company was up 8.5%. 2 of the largest gun manufacturers the US, both are manufacturers of the AR-15 style assault rifle used in Orlando. I hope the owners of these companies who bankroll the NRA anti-gun control lobbying efforts are enjoying their newfound wealth and know they are directly profiting from dead, terrorism and hate.

    • Oh they know. It seems to be, at best, overlooked and at worst celebrated as being good for the bottom line.

    • I hope the politicians these companies and the NRA bankrolls are voted out of office. I’m sick of people profiting from murder and fear.

  • This is terrible! I hope the perpetrators are caught on security footage.

  • Probably a hoax. Lots of similar examples have happened in the past that were proven to be faked.

  • It would truly, absolutely shock me if this wasn’t another “hate crime” hoax http://www.fakehatecrimes.org/

    • justinbc

      It’s really sad that people are in such denial about the inequality that exists in this country that they feel the need to compile a database of “gotcha” moments to (I assume?) disprove it.

      • Yeah, right up there with incidents of women falsely accusing rape and/or racial attacks. Maybe for some it’s cognitive dissonance where they can’t reconcile that their “group” can be fun and also sexist/racist/homophobic/xenophobic/etc. I use group as a stand in for family, lived one, church, social org, club, political party, etc.
        That’s maybe the only reason I can see living in such denial about the world.

      • Thank you Justin! This level of denial and paranoia is unbelievable, and so depressing to see play out even here on PoPville. Disgusting.

  • DC Dept of Public Works is out there right now with a pressure washer, looks like they are about to start working on removal. Thank God.

  • northeazy

    How is being against an agenda “hate?” Muslims, Jews, and Christians do not support same sex marriage, and by extention, cannot support the “gay agenda.” Does that mean all Muslims, Jews, and Chrisitians “hate?” Let’s be careful tossing that word around, especially towards fellow minoroties like Muslims who have enough to deal with these days. They do not need average people thinking they are hateful because of their religion. Thanks.

    • Prince Of Petworth

      “Muslims, Jews, and Christians do not support same sex marriage” is debatable or more precisely not true.

      • northeazy

        I could have been more precise in my verbiage. What I meant is that those religions, and by extension people who adhere to the religions’ tenants (not a la carte religion) therefore would object to some aspects of the gay agenda on religious grounds. That doesn’t mean they hate gays.

        • “therefore would object to some aspects of the gay agenda on religious grounds. ”
          .
          Would they spray paint that fact on the sidewalk outside of a business that was decorated with rainbow colors? (The correct answer is “no”.) I get the point that you are making and it is a valid general point (although people who are against it solely as part of their religious beliefs don’t call it “the gay agenda”), but in the context of a message scrawled on a sidewalk I think it misses the point completely.

        • Different sects interpret their respective scriptures differently. People who adhere to a literalist reading of the Bible — in particular, certain passages in the Old Testament — don’t have a monopoly on their religion’s tenets.

  • northeazy

    Many religious people are gay. Gay people come from all walks of life. But from what I know of the New and Old Testaments, as well as the Holy Quran, same sex marriage, a major tenant of the “gay agenda” is forbidden. So to be against the gay agenda or same sex marriage does not necessairly equal “hate.” That’s all I am saying.

    • Support and acceptance are two different things. I think that is what you are trying to convey. For example. My moms church on New Hampshire Ave in Petworth does not support gay marriage or really homosexuality in general yet they DO accept and love just the same the members of the congregation that are in fact gay. Would they go out and vote for gay rights, highly debatable but they will not shun a gay male or female on a personal level but rather embrace them for who they are.

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