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Pasadena City College RE-INVITES Dustin Lance Black As Commencement Speaker

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After their original replacement of a certain transphobic, Disney-hating wackjob fell through, Pasadena City College has re-invited Oscar-winner and PCC alum Dustin Lance Black to give their school’s commencement speech.

PCC has endured a few weeks of spectacularly bad press surrounding their decision to disinvite the director and screenwriter due to a years-old controversy over leaked sex pics with an ex-boyfriend, and decided at a special meeting on Wednesday night to re-invite him.

President Mark Rocha read a prepared statement breaking the news, and ate a little crow in the process:

“(Black) has distinguished himself as a film producer and a champion of equal rights and protections for all regardless of sexual orientation. The Board of Trustees and college administration deeply respect Mr. Black, his work and his causes. The Board also sincerely apologizes to Mr. Black for any actions that may have caused hurt.”

Student trustee Simon Fraser, who previously voiced concerns that he was being scapegoated for the entire fiasco, was also at the meeting and seems to be eager to put the whole thing behind him:

“I’m very pleased that the District did the right thing. This can now be a moment of healing and going forward for the college and district.”

The only one that hasn’t yet responded is Black himself, who should probably make his thoughts known soon, as the commencement is scheduled for just one week from today on May 9th.

Looks like we definitely called this one, and we’ll keep our eyes open for Black’s response, as well as whether or not he’ll really stick it to PCC in his speech if he does accept.

On:           May 2, 2014
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    • Billy Budd

      The bastards. They never changed their minds, they were just forced by the press to act in a civilized way.

      May 2, 2014 at 2:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • moonman157

      I kind of want him to turn them down at the last minute possible, just to stick it to the Board (no pun intended). But those students deserve a good commencement program. If I were him I would go, but just for them.

      May 2, 2014 at 5:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hotboyvb81

      they may regret it if his name surfaces in the Singer sex scandal!

      May 2, 2014 at 6:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • shadrak5

      No way he should accept now. It’s a matter of pride. They don’t deserve his reconsideration.

      May 2, 2014 at 7:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TheNewEnergyDude

      Agreed. Fuck them.

      May 2, 2014 at 7:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • toberlin

      wellcome in absurdistan…

      May 2, 2014 at 9:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mezaien

      Rather be HOMOSEXUAL, then a Christian.

      May 3, 2014 at 12:40 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Billy Budd

      I think he should GO, and then make a speech criticizing their bigoted ways, in front of all of them. That would be awesome.

      May 3, 2014 at 3:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sejjo

      He would be making a bigger statement if he doesn’t go. But I agree with moonman157 – DLB should go for the students and no one else.

      May 3, 2014 at 7:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tackle

      Dustin Lance Black should NOT go. They did not change their minds, and would prefer for him not to be there. He’s only getting the re-invite because the replacement did not work out. Had it, they would have told Dustin, cry all you want, and kiss our ass. Now he should tell them to kiss his…

      May 4, 2014 at 3:42 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Merv

      I understand he’s going to wear a Truvada Whore T-shirt to commencement.

      May 4, 2014 at 3:51 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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