Another ‘gay victim’ hoax? Teen’s ‘family intervention’ not a coming out OR a beat-down

Another ‘gay victim’ hoax? Teen’s ‘family intervention’ not a coming out OR a beat-down

Daniel Ashley Pierce became a viral gay hero this week when a video he secretly recorded was picked up by the gay magazine The Advocate and titled “WATCH: ‘Christian’ Family’s Terrifying Response to Son Coming Out”.  The article opens with this ominous description: “A 19-year-old gay man is safe and staying with a family friend in Atlanta, Georgia, after suffering physical and verbal abuse at the hands of his stepmother, father, and grandparents when he told them he was gay.” …

The conversation escalates quickly when his stepmother challenges him on previous conversations he had on the topic with her to which he immediately begins shouting, cursing and physically moves towards her. He then engages in aggressive name-calling and what is viewed in shaky physical confrontation in which several other family members attempt to break up the mutual attack.

There are several important components to point out, discussed in this post asking questions about the encounter as well as confirmed by the BBC article, that help shed light on this event. … He did not ‘come out’ at this taping and the confrontation was not the result of the family’s reaction to the news. He had been open with his family for almost a year and the original coming out went without incident. In fact, the BBC reports his family was ‘supportive’ and his stepmother responded ‘positively.’ …

Pierce is confrontational, arrogant, and snotty throughout the encounter. He makes no attempt at finding common ground or hearing his family’s point of view. His view is that if the others do not fully agree with his version they must be attacking him. The video indicates multiple conflicting and tense exchanges with various family members and his father’s humiliation via his son’s Facebook messages. Daniel Ashley Pierce appears to be looking for a fight with his family more often than not.

The underlying morality play here is that we are supposed to judge the family for not embracing Pierce exactly as he is. What is really being told, however, is the story of liberal arrogance in the face of disapproval.

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