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Louisiana Gay Men Assaulted At Screening Of Barbra Streisand’s “The Guilt Trip”

hate crime victim Walt JamisonTwo gay men attending a weekend screening of the Barbra Streisand-Seth Rogen comedy The Guilt Tripwere verbally and physically assaulted by a man who has been arrested and charged with battery.

According to The Advertiser, Walt Jamison and his partner joined two friends at a theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, where they were almost immediately beset by Joseph W. Menard Jr, who loudly barked anti-gay slurs from the seat behind them.

When Jamison’s partner responded with an inquisitive “Excuse me?” Menard “stood up and leaned over us and started screaming hate slurs peppered with profanities,” Jamison told The Advertiser.

Another woman in the theater reportedly asked Menard to stop yelling, since her young children were in the audience, but Menard insulted that woman and told her to sit down.

At that point Menard allegedly hit Jamison’s partner in the back of the head and, when he went to get a manager, slugged Jamison, knocking his glasses to the floor.

Menard and his wife  immediately fled the theater but were soon apprehended by local police, who charged Menard with two counts of simple battery, and his wife with resisting arrest.

“I want people to know that not only is his behavior obviously unacceptable, [but] he has suffered consequences and hopefully will continue to suffer consequences as a result,” Jamison, 23, told The Advertiser. “But just because you’re different does not mean that you have to take this lying down.”

It’s not clear why Menard was not charged under Louisiana’s hate-crimes law, which includes attacks directed at a victim’s actual or perceived sexual orientation, but a police spokesman says the D.A. may consider adding charges when Menard appears in court.

On:           Jan 16, 2013
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    • boring

      Maybe the dude just wasn’t a fan of obvious stereotyping.

      Jan 16, 2013 at 7:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Joincny

      @boring: You’re one f*cked up individual.

      Jan 16, 2013 at 10:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Charli Girl

      Is there a FEDERAL hate crime law or NOT??? I bet Jendel could care less!!! I’m sure he’s just too busy Grooming himself for his failed presidency campaign!! This male is obviously a closet case and took it out on these young gay men. What a loser! He just couldn’t stand them BEING THEMSELVES AND NOT BEING IN THE CLOSET WITH HIM!!! CASE CLOSED,

      Jan 17, 2013 at 6:03 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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