A trio of homophobes learned the hard way this week why you should never enter a West Hollywood Starbucks and start hurling antigay slurs at customers.
The incident happened yesterday morning. For whatever reason, three men, ages 18 to 23, entered the Starbucks on Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood, arguably one of the gayest coffee shops in one of the gayest neighborhoods in America, and began spewing antigay expletives at customers who, up until then, had been peacefully sipping their non-fat, sugar-free vanilla lattes while perusing Grindr.
“You will die, fucking faggots!” one of the men allegedly announced to the entire store.
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Joseph Daniels, who was waiting in line at the time, told WEHOville, “It was very scary and unexpected.” But he wasn’t going to let a group of d-bags get the best of him. He walked over to the men and told them their behavior was “rude.”
Then the manager came along and told them to get the hell out.
The thugs refused to leave and proceeded to call everyone in the store “faggots.” And that’s when things got really heated. Because unbeknownst to the homophobes, Leslie Jordan happened to be there.
Yes, the Leslie Jordan.
The 4’11 Southern gentleman approached the men, fuming, and told them to “Get out of my house!” before chasing them out the front doors.
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Once outside, the men continued screaming antigay epithets. But Jordan wasn’t having any of it.
“The guy lunged at Leslie to hit him,” Daniels said of one of the men. “Then Leslie threw his drink at the guy. Then (another) guy threw his drink to hit me.”
Police were called. They advised Jordan and the other patrons not to file charges against the homophobes, saying that if they did the men could accuse them of assault for throwing coffee at them.
Daniels told WEHOville that the three men stormed away, but continued screaming “faggots” and making obscene gestures.
“He provoked it,” Daniels said of one of the three men. “He spewed hate crime words against everybody and threw a drink at Leslie. Why couldn’t he have been charged with disorderly conduct?”
We just hope someone in the store had the good sense to take a cellphone video of the incident. If so, give us a [email protected]
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Good for you, Mr. Jordan!
Juan M. Rodriguez girl calm down
Matthew David Thompson
Home sweet home!
it’s time for the world to wake up – “fighting words” are real. screaming FAGGOTS at people is, yes, assault. it’s threatening.
it’s a weird world wherein a person can do that, and yet any form of retaliation gets considered “starting it” – and frankly, Leslie Jordan is awesome, and did the right thing.
know why those bigots do things like this? because they’re not scared of us. it’s far beyond the time for us to turn the other cheek. MAKE them scared of us.
I hope that coffee was hot.
WE are not safe anywhere.
I would have destroyed them, then off to jail for my penance.
If you want to insult and assault people, you have to go where they are.
Too bad they’re not being charged. No disrespect to Mr. Jordan, but it would have been better to exercise restraint and have the guys arrested.
“Shoot him in the head, Wardell!”
How awful of a life do you have to live before you get to stage of entering a coffee shop and yelling at people drinking coffee?
There is in fact no logic behind it. Simply animalistic behavior. I’d imagine even a dog allowed int he show would be on better behavior however.
“Omg, you’re not living the exact same life as me! I hate you for not living your life the way I want you to live your life! Waahhh!”
So, so stupid. So below the threshold of anything remotely resembling intelligent/rational thought.
How you just gonna go to a gay friendly establishment in the gay neighborhood tryin to cause all sorts of trouble…
John P. Twigg
You go Leslie!
Go Leslie Jordan!!
Jonny B. Mitchell
Where was I? I never see any good stuff happen in my neighborhood lol
Good for him!!!!
Seriously? Cops in West Hollywood advised them NOT to file charges? AND they witnessed these cretins who continued to used hate speech directed at these folks as they walked away??? I am so confused! This is 2015 right? The same year that the SCOTUS declared that gay people were actually fully vested citizens of this country and had the right to marry the person of their choosing. Don’t they have hate crime laws on the books in West Hollywood? In NYC these cave men would have been cuffed and thrown in the back of squad car and on their way to be booked for hate crimes. Trust me I know. I am very very confused. If this was something that happened to me or I was the owner of this franchise I would contact someone like the DA or any gay rights organization and follow up on this and not let it go away. This is more blame the victim bull shit.
Applause to Mr. Jordan for a job well done. Everyone together! Clap, clap, clap, clap.
Kevin J Desmond
Hope it was scalding hot
At least Leslie was wearing flats.
J Konrad Voelker
I get why he did it, but it’s still assault.
..what a load of nonsense, why are the cops scared to arrest these men? I cannot understand why they told the patrons of Starbucks we can’t charge the homophobes because they will counter charge and say they were assaulted!! Didn’t anyone notice their unreasonable antisocial behavior and verbal abuse from the beginning? This is stupid. Surely someone can tell they were provoking and needed coffee slung over them. Lucky I wasn’t there I’d sling something worse over them!!!!
@Bob LaBlah: Somehow I can’t imagine that half the patrons of the coffee shop wouldn’t have pulled out their cellphones and recorded it!!! People film the tiniest little things these days and when aren’t they already on their cellphone? The article says this only happened yesterday so I would think the videos should start showing up any minute now. That is unless we all haven’t learned that we don’t have to totally live in fear every moment of our lives by now.
Trust me I know what I’m talking about. I h ave experience with just this sort of thing.
Go ahead brothersister Latrell would be proud
PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS
These mid-Eastern vile noxious smcubag pigs must have thought they were in Europe where this crap is tolerated…………………
Kudos to Leslie, hope it was the verde grande (what ever the hell call the largest cup of coffee they sell) and hope it was scalding hot……………
@Xander Blu: HUH? Who is Juan M. Rodriguez?
He’ll be doing a show on the RSVP cruise we’re on next week. Will be interesting to see if he talks about it
Sure wish someone had pulled out there cell phone. But hey, that would have meant that they were getting involved.
@Bob LaBlah: Or at least a couple of FB or Instagram posts of selfies with the chaos going on behind them.
@PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS: Where did the bit about the mid-Eastern scumbag pigs come from??? I can’t seem to find that anywhere?
You people are obviously not safe even in your own homes. Involve the authorities so a incident like this can very easily be dragged out in a courtroom with a gay rights lawyer that would make erin brokavich look like a raped drag queen. A rich famous career man like leslie jordan should ring a few of the most bitter dykey LGBT lawyers in all the land including los angeles and hang these bastards wearing a ironed Prada suit and some gay feathers.
@adrianjurado310: HUH? What do you mean YOU people? Are you not gay? If you aren’t why are you reading QUEERTY?? Nothing you have written here makes the least bit of sense. I really don’t understand how it is that people can get on here and make comments that are totally just gibberish??? wearing a ironed Prada suit and some gay feathers??? What the hell does that even mean??? Are you from another country or another planet??
If its the Starbucks across from 24hour fitness, it is hella gay. I used to study there when I went to college! 😀
I’d say the assault (coffee drink of undetermined temperature thrown on homophobes) was provoked by their repeated use of “fighting words”. I’m no lawyer, but I’d say the customers have a pretty good case against these idiots.
good work Leslie, c u soon at something!
@brooklynbobby: Yes you. You people, anyone anywhere of any sexual orientation, nationality, bank account preference, website traffic, and street cafe presence. You are not safe. Not in the streets, at home with your dogs and in street cafes where thugs can come in and start fights. I am not going to define “prada suit” “gay feathers” or what im doing because you obviously dont get the point that yor yourself can be the next hit.
@adrianjurado310: Adrianjurado310 I still don’t know what the hell you are talking about. Again it’s all nonsense and gibberish. Please don’t even bother to respond to this. This is something very serious in our community and all you are doing is making “outerspace: talk. So go and take your meds and make sure that all the aluminum foil around your apartment is placed just the way you like it and then have your self a nice lie down. It will be alright after your nap.
Ugh, my god. CUT THAT GODDAMMED HAIR!
Where were all the muscle queens to beat the shit outta those troglodytes? Or at least swing some loaded TJ’s shopping bags about?
@AtticusBennett: Yup. That’s why you’ll never see a bunch of white kids going to say Compton or Inglewood and pulling that shit. They’d never make it out alive.
In the Netherlands we call this “a storm in a glass of water”. Much ado about nothing. Who cares what what a bunch of morons does? Life goes on. When you’re troubled by everything you don’t like you’ll get nowhere. Keep fighting for your own right and don’t care about the people you can’t reach. They’ll be influenced by the people they’re near to. At the end reason wins. You won’t ever be able to reach the people who don’t want to be reached.
@RobvR: RobvR I know what you are trying to say and it is just a little too simplistic and pollyannish. The Netherlands is not The USA. Our country is much larger than yours and at this point in gay rights and gay history we can’t just stop and sit back after all the hard work so many people have done for such a long time to get us to just this point. Marriage equality is very important but it’s not the end of the game. Not when in pretty much most of the country you can still be legally fired from your job our refused a place to live just because you are LGBTQ. Yes, most of the country! It may seem trivial that a trio of bone heads came into a coffee shop in a KNOWN gay neighborhood and felt they were completely safe in doing what they did. Well, the actions of the police proved them right now didn’t it. We don’t have the luxury to keep fighting for our rights and forgetting about the people we can not reach. I think it’s pretty clear here that the important people that we have not reached are the police who arrived on the scene who talked the victims of this hate crime to NOT press charges by scaring them away form it by telling them they could be charged as well. That’s just malarkey. If I had been there I can promise you I would have pressed charges and if the police wanted to arrest me I would have let them. Lets seen then what would happen once we got lawyers and judges involved. In the words we heard so often in the not so distant past guys ACT UP! FIGHT BACK!
Leslie is my hero!
Who the fu*ck is Leslie Jordan? Yes, THAT Leslie Jordan? And, why are the police giving legal advice about filing charges? Are they lawyers now?
If you are offended, just punch the guy out. You threw a cup of coffee at him? Seriously girl? This story makes me sick. Gay men, BE MEN, stand up for yourself, knock the guy out. And then gays wonder why people attack them. Because they can. The worst thing that can happen is you get slammed with a cup of coffee. That’s why.
Can you see my pussy now?
Much ado about nothing. “When you’re troubled by everything you don’t like you’ll get nowhere.” But that’s the American way.
i can NOT believe these bafoons weren’t arrested!!! Are you telling me this can happen in WeHo and no one gets arrested! are there NO protections? If this happened in NYC these disgraces to society would already be in jail. it’s outrageous! PLUS 1 of the guys lunged at Leslie before he threw the coffee. it was self defense. and i’m willing to bet, there would be no witnesses to the coffee throwing. it’s just beyond insane the cops said to not press charges. The starbucks should press charges.
Better to “Stand Your Ground(s)” with coffee than a handgun. Leslie will always be the bigger man.
You walk into a place of biz and yell “You’re gonna die” Be clear I will take your ass OUT with whatever I have… hot coffee, metal coffee pot, barstool, baseball bat, my fists…. those 3 would NEVER have made it out the door…. you can’t THREATEN people with death, and NOT expect to go down… this ISN’T September 10th, 2001…(or any day prior!) People take death threats seriously these days… too many psychos out there now! What if they were just ‘testing’ to see if people react, before they bring GUNS next time?
@IsThisBullSchit: I absolutely agree with you 100%! When someone says that people are going to die it needs to be taken seriously!!! Well maybe not if you are in a movie theater. Or an elementary school. Or a southern church. Or a military base. Or well hey maybe even a Starbucks in a well know gay neighborhood in southern California. NAH No one would ever come back with guns and kill a bunch of unarmed queers in a Starbucks! That’s just silly to think that way. ITBS you may think people take death threats seriously these days but apparently the police officers of West Hollywood don’t!
Shouting anti gay slurs in west Hollywood will definitely ensure a hot beverage thrown at you real quick
Hope you’re wrong about the guns part though nothing surprises me anymore. The rest of your post….I want you in my and my husband’s corner. I don’t think my cutting remarks would do much to prevent an act of violence.
Hey RobvR, you live in a country that has a recent history of respect for humans, including gay people… that is NOT the case in this country. We have Lunatic, religious right wing-nut politicians running for PRESIDENT and many other offices, flat out telling people that it’s OK to hate gay people, if you say it is your religious right, and Gawd tells you to do so…(I Know.. it’s insanity at it’s finest!) These fuckers also have GUNS, which in many areas are allowed to be carried openly. We also have WAY too many mass shootings in public places….
SO when 3 assholes, barge into a coffee house in a predominately gay area, and start screaming that all the patrons are going to die because they are gay, YOU HAVE TO TAKE IT SERIOUSLY. I would have used anything I had to take them out… we don’t know if they were just testing to see if people reacted… and if they had a plan to gun people down next time… They ARE plenty of sickos who would do that kind of shit.
It MAY Be ok to ignore it in a teenie tiny country like The Netherlands (20x smaller in population and area) where the gov’t and law enforcement actually PROTECT your rights… in case you HAVEN’T seen any of the news from THIS country lately… there are FAR too many police who are just as bad as the criminals…. Thankfully 95% of our police aren’t…. however West Hollywood has an INCREDIBLY BAD TRACK RECORD of law enforcement abusing innocent citizens, and NOT defending them against criminals, because they too “Don’t like faggots.” It has only recently begun to change… but I can remember when THEY used to raid gay bars and/or harass people in the streets… it was NOT that long ago…
Get Out Of My House! Love it! Thank You Leslie!
@o.codone: Return of the str8 Troll.
Like it or not, hurling offensive words is not and should not be enough to justify striking someone. Now if it is true that they lunged at him, then he can claim self defense.
Gerald GeeLocke Panuthos
Sounds like the cops who responded were tad “homophobic” as well… smfh.
@Jonny B. Mitchell:
Wow! I think I’m looking at the good stuff in your neighborhood! Where were YOU when I was at MOCA Pacific Design Center the other day?
I love Leslie Jordan, he is like a little warrior gnome from D&D
@Matthew David Thompson: Jeffrey Weinerslave.
Yes I love it
This is typical of the Sheriff’s dept in WeHo. When I lived there, a homophobic drug-dealing neighbor became *really* angry with me when I kept ruining all of his drug deals by shouting out what he was doing every time someone came over to his apartment to buy drugs. You wouldn’t believe the low-lives who came by there, smoking crack in our garage, etc.
Finally, he came after me one night with a baseball bat. Since I didn’t have a similar weapon, I got inside my apartment and called the cops – the dispatcher could clearly hear him screaming hysterically, and the sound of the baseball bat splintering my door. Most of the screams consisted of ‘faggot’ this and ‘fucking faggot’ that, and ‘I’ll kill you, you fucking faggot’. When the Sheriff’s deputies arrived, they heard what he had been yelling, and the female deputy couldn’t keep the loathing – for ME – out of her voice. She said that they had no plans on arresting him for assault or hate crime. Stunning, since he was still holding the baseball bat, my door was shredded and he was STILL screaming ‘faggot’ at me. So I performed a citizens arrest and they took him away. He was bailed out a few hours later, and at his hearing in front of a judge, I overheard two prosecutors sitting in front of me, discussing the charges. They wondered why a citizen’s arrest had to be performed, and why the guy wasn’t arrested for assault and charged with a hate crime. I tapped them on the shoulder and told them who I was and let them know what happened with the Sheriff’s deputies. They shook their heads and said that this happened constantly with certain deputies in the department, who were extremely homophobic. It was well known that they wouldn’t arrest or allow charges to be pressed. Not all deputies, but quite a few of them. That was quite a while ago, but it still seems that the department hasn’t changed much.
@AtticusBennett: I totally agree with you. That’s the way Queer Nation worked and ACT-UP too. And it made massive difference in L.A.
That’s assault. How exactly did Leslie Jordan chase them out of the shop? Who would run from a 4’11 flamer like Leslie?
Faggot is what people scream before they’re about to bash or kill you. Throw that coffee!
And that my friends is why I almost always carry pepper spray on me. Feel so much safer with it in my pocket
These police are ridiculous throwing coffee is not an ASSAULT he did what he had every right to do and these men should have been charged with disrupting the public and spewing hate speech .
These men should have stayed under their rocks where they are comfortable with being ignorant uneducated and intolerant.
These men were asking for this when they entered a public establishment bullying harassing and discriminating against customers who were doing nothing but minding their own business.
I have no empathy EVER for men like this and their comment about we are gonna die for being gay all I have to say to that is get a f-ing life already and join this century .
Or better yet crawl back under your rocks where you belong and stay there for all of eternity while the rest of society continues to evolve and become a more compassionate and caring planet.
@Masc Pride: You are ridiculous period.
Your attitude is constantly and never endingly no different then how men like these men act within this society.
You have no shame …in any capacity.
You are no different then they are enjoy that fact about yourself.
Would the throwing of the drink by Leslie Jordan not have been self defence?
I can’t believe that this is still happening in 2015.
This needs to be hit on the head before it gets worse and somebody is seriously hurt!
The man who is soaked in coffee isn’t exactly the handsomest man, is he?
Aires the Ram
@o.codone: Well said. I agree 100%. …..and as a side note, perhaps us gay folks should now UNDERSTAND the meaning, and IMPORTANCE of the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. Those who wish to give up their means to defend themselves, even in their own homes, could someday be taking orders from those who did not.
That hair doesn’t help.
@PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS:
I’m 95% certain that guy is not Middle Eastern. The mouth and nose are almost certainly diagnostic Latin American. I should know, I’m half Mexican.
Obvious set up by the police again…
Bigots have gotten smarter. They set up harassment and then threaten you into silence if you try to report it.
Look at the facts. 3 random kids come in for no reason and not only hurl slurs but a death threat. Cops come on the scene and threaten everyone inside with an assault charge if they report the 3 TERRORISTS.
Remember not to long ago a kid around the same age killed 9 black people in a church. Is this really the time to ignore the death threats of a terrorist? No, it’s not.
An officer is not only not allowed to give legal advice but they also only have a high school education. They literally have no idea what to do beyond their training which their training is always supposed to encourage a victim of a crime to file a report.
Not only should the boys who were clearly paid to do this be reported but the officers who clearly set this up too.
People too easily forget that anyone can become a police officer including a KKK member with no public face as a member.
These freaks didn’t go away, they just got smarter, and picked positions of authority.
If you don’t think this was a set up then you probably think Sandra Bland smoked weed in a jail cell before hanging herself with a Hefty bag.
Fact of the matter is Los Angeles(and from what I hear San Diego too) police harass all minorities and they especially hate gay men of any variety(so don’t feel like you’re immune if you’re white).
I really wish more people recognized it so we could properly organize and stand up against it but too many people think “It will never happen to me.” or “This was just a random chance situation.” and won’t think more of it.
Look at the news, open a newspaper, read a book. This has happened many times before and it’s never really stopped.
When a police officer threatens to file an assault charge against you when you’re the victim of a hate crime you better be asking yourself “Why?”. Or you can drink a bottle of Kool-Aid like a good little moron and think I’m typing a “conspiracy theory”. Because police never burned crosses in black neighborhoods. Police officers would never do anything wrong like jump on the car of an unarmed couple and empty a clip or harass Muslims into leaving the country permanently.
Wake up before the death threat those 3 paid terrorist made actually comes true.
Oh and I’ll also add this type of police harassment mixed with the citizens of Los Angeles being unable to see it is why I myself left the city and state. They recruit kids 18-26 to harass you nonstop and since they’re being paid they don’t need a real job so don’t expect this kind of activity to stop.
It’s even worse late at night.
Glad it’s at least starting to get some attention. Maybe people might notice it’s going on now instead of thinking these are all random situations.
I once even had evidence of it on my phone and the officer I showed it to literally deleted all 3 videos before handing my phone back and threatening to put me on a 5150… for calmly showing him a video of 3 kids on the roof of my apartment building(right above my apartment) at 3 am.
So I too was threatened with a charge for trying to file a report. But I’m not a celebrity and I had no witnesses just my video evidence(which as I said was deleted by the officer). I was forced to let it go and it just got worse from there until I was harassed into leaving by a much larger group(about 10) of kids physically assaulting me in ways that I wouldn’t be able to report without coming off ridiculous.
This was simply too many men involved for the police to cover it up and it’s sad that the opportunity to report and have a voice was wasted. They don’t want their pawns going to jail because they’d sing like canaries and this crap would come to light.
They don’t have any college educated people involved but as we’ve seen with Ferguson they do have access to military technology. We can’t afford to continue ignoring police sponsored harassment.
Please people start speaking up when you have witnesses. I wasn’t lucky enough to have any and once it starts it doesn’t “stop” until you leave.
Makes me PROUD to hear – I wish John Quinones was there with his TV crew to film a truly REAL LIFE ” What Would YOU Do ?” segment.
Leslie: come to my East TX farm, and we’ll shoot some watermelons and tin cans. You can start out with a .22, then work up to a .357 magnum.
@o.codone: Er, at the point where you start physical violence you have escalated the situation. I believe that actually the coffee was battery -but if the police assert it was only assault – they should know, I know however that if you punch them, it is battery – and gets much more serious. They then can claim self-defense and so forth.
@Hermes: Bull. It’s not battery to defend yourself when you are the victim of slurs and death threats.
Ironically you ignore the fact that these kids came in making death threats to all the gay men in the establishment and it went way over your head that the police protected them and threatened the victims of harassment inside if they tried to file a report.
People like you are how and why bigoted police have been getting away with harassing minorities and running us out of cities for so long.
The entire point of what they’re doing is divide and conquer because without a form of community to band together and witness this kind of harassment they can escalate and take it much further when you are isolated.
Be dense if you want, but I’m assuming you’re gay since you’re on this site, so you are working against your own best interest.
Those who don’t fit the mold of straight, white, vanilla(no kinks, no fetishes), and working(no job, they’ll find out why, and find a way to make you lose money so you have to work) will be harassed.
You have no idea how long this has been going on and just how targeted it can get. This type of harassment goes all the way back to Nazi Germany long before they made their actions public they were harassing people, ruining their finances, and driving them crazy so no one would believe anything they had to say. That is all documented fact which you can look up yourself.
America adopted all of this behavior shortly after the Nazis lost the war and even brought Nazi scientists and their disgusting research into how to break the minds of individuals.
You really think 3 kids just came into an establishment full of men for no reason risking their own safety just to hurl slurs? They felt safe because they knew in advance that they had police protection. Just like when police officers used to go into gay bars with clubs and beat gay men within an inch of their lives and set up black men for “raping” white women they never touched let alone interacted with so they’d be lynched by the community.
If you don’t fit the mold in this police state you’ll be driven out, driven mad, or driven to suicide. The cities are at war and the suburbs aren’t much better as of late.
Keep your head in the sand if you want, but to believe self-defense against terrorism is wrong is just plain cowardice.
How do you know the person making death threats isn’t going to pull out a gun? Why would you sit there and wait for it?
While the incident described is horrendous and I add my support to Mr. Jordan’s response to this, it does disappoint me that Queerty did not exercise restrain and continues to use racial dog-whistles like referring to the assailants as “thugs.”
He looks like he’s had a few dicks inside him (the guy of color) . It’s usually the closet gays that are the most hateful
Why in the world would someone homophobic go into a Starbucks in WEST HOLLYWOOD for pete’s sake????? Hello? Not too bright, are they? That’s kind of like being black and going to a Ku Klux Klan meeting in Mississippi while yelling slurs.
@Masc Pride: Oh, MERCY! YOU SO BUTCH! OH, YOU SO BUTCH!
@Walker: Anyone going into a business and yelling blah blah, you’re gonna die- more than deserves to be called thugs.
@Masc Pride: It wouldn’t surprise me if he would chase you out, you weak ass chickenshit.
@The Fem Brigade: Something is just off about this story. You have an aggressive group of young guys, and we’re really supposed to believe they were scared of an extremely effeminate 60 year-old midget? Parts of the story are obviously missing or exaggerated.
@Masc Pride: So says the cowardly closet case. What you say is always exaggerated and disgusting. Would these young guys be afraid of your feeble weak ass?
@Stache99: LMAO! Too true; but Atticus is a troll.
@Masc Pride: You are an idiot.
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