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Car Show Host Adam Carolla To Gays: 'Shut Up, You're Ruining My Life'

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You might think that being the host of a high-profile TV show would cause a performer to watch his mouth.

You'd be wrong.

At least in the case of Adam Carolla, the comedian who is also one of the hosts of "The Car Show," which launched in July on Speed TV.

In his most recent podcast, using the tongue-in-cheek Internet campaign to have Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie get married, Carolla embarked on a foul-mouthed and abusive rant against gay, lesbian, and transgendered people.

He even named names, going so far as target Cher's son Chaz Bono (born Chastity) specifically.

Confusingly, he claimed LGBTQ people are "ruining his life" and commanded all of them to "shut up."

It could almost bring to mind the famous quote, "The lady doth protest too much, methinks."

We've editing out the NSFW parts of his rant, of which there are quite a few. Read here for some of the uglier, more graphic language.

Needless to say, protest and pushback arrived immediately.

Carolla then tweeted a half-hearted non-apology, saying, "I’m sorry my comments were hurtful. That being said, I’m a comedian, not a politician."

And there it stands.

But the GayWheels blog (republished by Jalopnik) raises an interesting question: Could the backlash over Carolla's anti-gay rant damage, or even kill, "The Car Show"?

As certain other public figures have learned at their peril, propounding venomous anti-gay slurs on air tends to scare advertisers. We're lookin' at you, Dr. Laura. And, more recently, Tracy Morgan.

Let's be clear: We draw a clear distinction between a polite statement of principles (e.g. "I personally don't agree with same-sex marriage, but I recognize that others feel differently") and the kind of potty-mouth teen bigotry that Carolla engaged in.

So we'd like to get your views on two related questions. First, do you think "The Car Show" will suffer from Carolla's comments? And, second, should his comments in a personal webcast affect the show?

Leave us your thoughts in the Comments below. We're confident you'll keep it polite and family-friendly.

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Comments (20)
  1. There's no place for this vileness in today's society. Carolla is entitled to his personal opinion of course, but if this is truly how he feels, he should be dismissed from public life forthwith. On the other hand, one might ask him if he doesn't find the closet a dark and lonely place.
     
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  2. Small confession here, I have a relative dating a trans-person and it makes my head hurt a little too. Give me a nice simple gay or lesbian couple any day. That I think I understand. That said, I don't think telling people to "shut up" about such things is particularly helpful.
     
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  3. He is a pathetic, hateful loser. Life this hateful must be lonely.
     
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  4. While the statements are completely out of the line, his basic idea is in line with a good portion of people who don't really care about what goes on in the "alternative" communities and want their definition of life to stay as it is. Will there be consequences for the show and Carolla? Yes, he will most likely be forced to apologize by the media, however insincere since it was an opinion, and sponsors might be intimidated to leave, but he also gets considerable publicity as well.
     
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  5. Larry, while he's entitled to an opinion that is the opposite of mine, he's not getting a free pass when he tries to make the rest of us feel sorry for him, or when he makes a paper-thin apology. I think most of my LGBT friends would agree that there's no "alternative" to living truthfully, peacefully gay, and he could at least respect that.
     
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  6. Mr. Carolla wouldn't be allowed to make that kind of comment about people of color, nor about any other ethinicity or religion.

    So why gender? Or Sexuality (which of course, are two different and distinct issues)

    Free speech is a given right. Hatred is not.

    I appreciate your lifestyle choice, Mr. Carolla - but please don't force your world views on everyone else, or expect me to listen.

    Pot. Kettle. Black.
     
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  7. You've obviously never heard his podcast. He speaks candidly about everyone, white...black...hispanic..gay..doesn't matter. If he singled out one group, I'd call him a racist or a homophobe..but what do you call it when someone speaks out against all the ridiculous things everyone does?
     
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  8. Agree or disagree with what he said (I disagree), we do live in a free country. If you don't like what he said simply don't watch his show. It's called a pubicity stunt to get his name in the news and guess what folks....mission accomplished. Cancel his show, not likely...watch ratings spike if only for a short while, you better believe it.
     
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  9. He's also doing his podcast every day now. I loved it when it first came out (stories from his life) but he's obviously running out of ideas and I can't listen to this new crap for more than 5 minutes.
     
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  10. As a gay man and an automotive blogger, I'm torn between Carolla's rants and his support of the LGBT community through the NOH8 campaign and other statements he made. If this is truly how he feels, and thinks he could use the excuse of comedy to do so, Carolla must be reminded that he cannot have it both ways.

    Then again, Jeremy Clarkson (Top Gear), Adam Ferrara (Top Gear USA) and Kevin Hart made homophobic statements - from the slight to the overt. Obviously, they're still going...

    Personally, I have not a fan of Carolla dating back to his KROQ/MTV days with Dr Drew. He wasn't funny then - remains unfunny now. As for Speed, since they're owned by FOX, it would not surprise me if they retained him.
     
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  11. Just inappropriate, but it won't kill The Car Show. Carolla and the producers will do that. Only the guy from the WSJ is a legitimate car guy. The others are frivolous hanger on types. John Sally is a great athlete, but he clearly is out of the water, an attempt to add diversity. The show just rots.
     
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  12. Good for him! I am sick to death of gays demanding respect instead of earning it like the rest of us. They threaten sponsers with boycotts, much like Jesse Jackson'MO. He is entitled to his opinion regardless whether the rest of us like it or not.
     
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  13. Who is "the rest of us"? If you're talking about heterosexuals, please tell us how heterosexuals have had to "earn" respect from gays?
     
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  14. Get real. Making fun of a minority community just doesn't cut it anymore. I am an executive, and a car freak and a tax payer. I dont want shows that exploit anymore. Its OLD.
     
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  15. Adam, your a hose. ShutUp and take it like a man.
     
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  16. The title is misleading. Nice way to attract readers though. He said the LGBTQ ruined his life not all gays and plus hes commenting on the outrageous demand for Bert and Ernie to get married on seasme street. If he tells PETA to shut up, he doesn't mean all pet lovers.
     
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  17. Help me understand the point you're attempting to make: What's the difference between what you call "the LGBTQ" and "all gays"?
     
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  18. It's sort of the difference between "The GOP" and 'all southerners.'
     
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  19. Why is this ugly moron still relevant?
     
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  20. with a name like littlebadwolf i should be the last person to make fun of someone in the auto business called 'corolla', but perhaps it is short for escarolla, and he's in the soup already.
     
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