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August 17, 2007

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LLR

I LOVE IT. Kudos to you, Ray! (And you, Kevin!)

D Greene

Looks like word is spreading on this whole "Mervgate" censorship thing, and people are not happy. Perhaps this guy said it best - "grow some balls, hollywood reporter":
http://www.pen15club.net/2007/08/17/griffin-done/

I will look forward to your updates.

Darrion

Thank you so much Ray for speaking the simple truth. It is amazing that people get so offended by the mere mention of someone being gay. They are willing to go to outragous lengths to demand that gays stay in the closet. How sick.

LKitsch

I am an openly gay man and find this entire thing offensive. Merv Griffin was a public figure and it is entirely appropriate to out him, especially after his death---if anything, it should have happened sooner. The only way gay men and women are going to continue to gain social acceptance and civil liberties is by demonstrating that we are everywhere, including positions of leadership and celebrity. If anything, when a public figure stays in the closet it sends a message that there is something wrong with being gay---that is wrong.

Amy Alkon

I’m with L. Kitsch. We need to get to the point where someone’s sexuality is just another mundane fact about them –- and Ray’s piece is a step in that direction.

Kate

So Isaiah Washington gets canned for a gay slur, but discussing the open secret that Merv Griffin was a homosexual is also a slur worthy of censorship?

lizriz

It's so strange... I read Ray's column this morning and thought nothing beyond how poignant and auspicious it was. It surprises and saddens me that The Reporter or anyone felt any need to remove it from the Internet, particularly once the decision was made to put it up in the first place.

I thought the column truly honored who he truly was, and that if he couldn't have that in life, I was thankful that he could have that recognition in death.

Rebecca

Great point about Isaiah Washington, Kate. I just want to say that Ray Richmond is a special writer, so it's only fitting that he would be the one to write such a senstive and honest piece about Merv Griffin, someone that he clearly had a heartfelt respect and love for. I am just sorry to see this whole thing got so blown out of proportion and so much negativity was swirling around this. But if the end result is to see all the positive support of this man's bold writings and it invites more readers to it, then more power to him, I say.

Former Merv employee

The weird thing is, anyone who ever worked for him knew he was gay. What exactly would THR or Richmond be sued for?

Bob North Smithfield

Merv is dead.
He cannot sue anyone.
His estate cannot sue anyone.
Did anyone at THR consult an atorney?
Basic libel law: The dead or their estate cannot sue.
If an attorney for THR ordered the item "pulled" the attorney is incompetent.

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Whatstherealnews

Seems like most are missing the point.

People professing to have loved Merv are now "honoring" him by acting in a manner loathesome to his privacy.

So where exactly, is the love?

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