Pasadena City College’s search for a commencement speaker just became even more challenging, as their replacement for “controversial” Oscar-winner Dustin Lance Black has pulled out at the last minute once people got wind of the utter lunacy to be found in his earlier lectures.
Dr. Eric Walsh is Pasadena’s director of public health and a self-described advocate for child health issues and those affected with HIV had been scheduled, but has pulled out of replacing Black at PCC’s commencement due to “scheduling conflicts” when startling and inflammatory sermons and lectures that he’s given as a member of the Seventh day-Adventists came to light.
The L.A. Times has unearthed a few of his previous statements, and they seem to be a lot more troubling than a few sex pics leaked five years ago.
In 2010, he told an Adventist youth gathering about how he once met a transgender doctor at a conference on religion and sexuality. He mocked her dream of bringing low-cost sex change operations to minority communities, and, chuckling, said he accidentally called her “shim” (a combination of “she” and “him.”)
So, not only is Dr. Walsh a not particularly clever transphobe, but he also has vitriol for Disney movies, because we all know how evil they are.
In a 2012 talk with Adventist students, he goes in on the land of Disney with the wrath of someone railing against the Devil himself:
“Disney is a dark empire. We take our children there, but we don’t understand it’s all full of witchcraft, superstition. There’s no praying to God. When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are….So when you wish upon a star what are you really wishing to? Demonic forces.”
Now, we always knew Disney was evil but we always thought it was because Gaston has always inspired impure thoughts.
The Pasadena Area Community College District Board Of Trustees is scheduled to (again) take up the commencement speaker issue on Wednesday night, and we suggest they get a move on as the graduation ceremony is in nine days. There is, of course, an obvious and fitting conclusion to this story, but we doubt either side would be willing to have Black speak after the fiasco of the past few weeks.
We’re sure they can find some other Academy Award-winning alum to come speak on such short notice.