More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
Ashton Kutcher: An Ally & A Friend
Actor Ashton Kutcher and wife Demi Moore have become tabloid fodder for their Twitter updates (tweets), and now Kutcher is getting attention for tweeting his disgust at people who use "gay" and "fag" as insults.
Users of the popular social networking site communicate in 140-character bursts of text, with optional capitalization and punctuation. Kutcher wrote: "can we just get clear, calling some one 'gay' or 'fag' is as derogatory as calling someone a 'ni**er'. U look like an idiot when you do it."
According to the Southern Voice, Kutcher's statement came in an exchange between Kutcher and another user on the popular social networking site. One of the followers of Kutcher's Twitter feed wrote, "...learn how to punch and learn how to stop being so gay," a reference to an earlier tweet from the actor about hurting his hand hitting a punching bag.
The call to "stop being so gay" drew Kutcher's rebuke. The person who wrote it later posted that he reportedly only sent the insulting tweet to see if celebrities on Twitter will respond to comments by non-celebrities.
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