Thursday, October 7, 2010

My New Hero

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My new hero is Chris Armstrong. Armstrong is the college kid who has been targeted for harassment by an Assistant District Attorney in Michigan. Turns out this jerk, named Shirvell (my new favorite creep) doesn't approve of Armstrong being the student body president at his alma mater because Armstrong is gay and is pushing "a radical gay agenda." Whatever that is.

And, with that excuse, Shirvell has gone on a one-man crusade against this college kid. He's established a "Chris Armstrong Watch" blog, where he rants against this young man, calling his a racist and a liar. He's posted swastikas on photos of Armstrong, suggesting he's a Nazi. He's protested outside student council meetings and outside Armstrong's residence!!

Armstrong, for his part, appears to have dealt with this creep with as much dignity as possible, ignoring him for the most part, it sounds like.

Armstrong spoke about this on CNN last night...

Chris Armstrong, the University of Michigan's first openly gay student body president, said the recent rash of headlines about gay teens who have committed suicide led him to break his silence about his own hurtful experience of being targeted online and in high school.

"It's hard not to say something," Armstrong told CNN's Anderson Cooper on "AC360" Wednesday night.

Shirvell is a disgrace and I can only wonder how long before his life self-destructs.

God be with you, Chris Armstrong.


Alan said...

I've been as impressed with Armstrong's handling of this situation as I have been unimpressed with Shrivell's behavior.

He was a nutcase when he was a student here, and I see he hasn't grown up a bit. Unfortunately he's best buds and former campaign manager of adulterous MI attorney general, and "defender" of marriage, Mike Cox, so it is extremely unlikely that he'd ever be fired. Plus Michigan does not have a cyberstalking law because LGBT people don't deserve that sort of protection.

And we wonder why this state is having such problems, when the inmates are running the asylum.

(And if there's a more obvious hypocritical closet case than Shrivell, I can't think of one. Standing outside some young college student's house with a video camera? Yeah, Shrivell is *totally* straight.)

Dan Trabue said...

Yeah, that's one of the shoes I'm expecting to drop here sooner or later.