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|Dany_E||Mar 16 2013, 04:12 PM|
I don't know. It's not unheard of that, when a woman is raped by a man, she might fear or loathe men in general afterward. Maybe it's different and it doesn't excuse homophobia, of course - but I could see how a man having been raped in prison might transfer the fear and pain that it brought onto homosexuals. It's a difficult thing when an act of love is used as an act of violence. That's the necessary distinction that a victim has to make and it can be difficult to see through the prism of your own experience. The victim needs to recognize that the act perpetrated on them wasn't motivated by desire or love but by anger and a desire to control and/or to inflict pain. And that it has nothing to do with sex at all.
I'd find it a lot easier to understand Nick's point of view if it arose from something that happened to him - rather than it coming from religious or otherwise cultural disapproval. It also, I think, makes it more likely he might be redeemed one day as his redemption might come from the resolution of his own internal conflict. It may be an easier story to tell but I think it's more inherently dramatic. I can't imagine any soap trying to take on converting people's views on this subject if those views arise from religious conviction - at least not these days. It's been my experience that when those views arise that way, you will never convince the person otherwise even if they "have lots of friends who are gay". So, having Nick's views be based on something that happened to him has a better shot at a realistic and dramatic resolution.
In a lot of ways, I don't think Sonny's any more in the right for assaulting Nick than Nick is for his homophobic slur. I like the "Love is Louder" campaign specifically because it takes a higher road. We'll never begin to convince a homophobic person that they're wrong by beating the snot out of them. The best you can do by meeting hate with hate is to, maybe, drive it underground. You can't kill hate with hate. You can only kill it with time, understanding and love.
'Course if it were me and someone called me a really awful name, I might lash out too.
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