Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee launched a presidential campaign largely built on bullying the gay community by comparing homosexuality to drug abuse, polygamy and incest. But could it be that after seeing the much-talked-about documentary Bully, he's had a change of heart? While interviewing Bully director Larry Clark, Huckabee said:
"It doesn't matter whether you're liberal, Democrat, Republican, this is an issue that is an absolutely inexcusable situation for this country to tolerate and endure. Regardless of the motivation -- race, religion, physical aptitudes, or some otherwise -- no child in America should be subjected to harassment, humiliation or violence while in the care of a public, or for that matter, any school."
He also voiced his opinion that the drama over the film's rating was unnecessary, as he's seen worse on TV. He said that he will be buying copies of the film for his children to see and that he recommends parents watch this film before sending their kids to school. While I commend the fact that he understands the wrongness of bullying in American schools, he lost me when he said "or some otherwise." He is incapable of saying "gay." A little three-letter word, and he can't say it aloud, despite the fact that LGBT issues play a pivotal part in Bully.
It's great that he wants to help stop bullying, but if you want to make a change in the world -- start with yourself.