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Thu Oct 24, 2019, 11:40 PM

The awkward moment a gay broadcaster is accidentally outed on live TV

A stand-in broadcaster on a popular New Zealand morning TV show was accidentally outed this morning during a live broadcast.

Watching the footage of the show (also broadcast on radio), itís impossible not to feel sympathy for him that his decision when to publicly come out was taken out of his hands.

The incident happened on broadcaster Threeís The AM Show. Ryan Bridge was filling in for regular host Duncan Garner. Bridge was talking on-air with sports reporter Mark Richardson and news anchor Amanda Gillies.

The topic was collectors items, and the hosts invited viewers to let them know if they collected anything unusual.

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Reply The awkward moment a gay broadcaster is accidentally outed on live TV (Original post)
Behind the Aegis Oct 2019 OP
PoindexterOglethorpe Oct 2019 #1
Behind the Aegis Oct 2019 #4
PJMcK Oct 2019 #2
Behind the Aegis Oct 2019 #3
PJMcK Oct 2019 #5
Behind the Aegis Oct 2019 #6

Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Fri Oct 25, 2019, 04:37 AM

1. Why being closeted is not a good thing.

I'm old enough to remember when the defense against gays was that they'd be subject to blackmail, because of course, back then, no one was out. This was in the 70s, and I recall quite clearly thinking that if someone was openly gay, they couldn't possibly be blackmailed.

So why is it, nearly 50 years later, people are still in the closet?

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #1)

Fri Oct 25, 2019, 11:33 AM

4. You really just don't get it.

Not being a gay person, you really do not understand the reality of being gay in this world, even the 21st century.

"So why is it, nearly 50 years later, people are still in the closet?"

Answer: Heterosexism and Homophobia.

Answer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_employment_discrimination_in_the_United_States

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Fri Oct 25, 2019, 07:42 AM

2. Your burning anger emoji may be slightly off

The gentleman who was accidentally outed, Ryan Bridge, apparently wasn't that angry about the incident, just embarrassed. Towards the end of the article, he is quoted as saying,

ďMark (Richardson) didnít do this on purpose. It wasnít like he was being mean or he was trying to get me to say something I didnít want to say. That was an innocent, honest mistake.Ē

Co-host Richardson then apologized.

ďIn three years of doing this job, this is as bad as Iíve ever felt. I say a lot of stuff on this show, and I mean it, and some of it walks the line. I just want to say Iím sorry.

ďItís because obviously, I love you so much as a person. Just me being a smartass and trying to poke fun at you for a comedic moment on the show has led to this, and Iím dreadfully sorry.Ē

Bridge concludes by saying his co-host has nothing to apologize over: ďThese things happen. Itís live television.Ē


It was sloppy but it doesn't appear to have been malicious. The two broadcasters seem to be close friends.

In this case, the context is relevant.

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Response to PJMcK (Reply #2)

Fri Oct 25, 2019, 11:24 AM

3. No, it really isn't.

I read the article I posted. Malicious or not, outing someone makes me angry.

But thank you for telling me how I should react.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Reply #3)

Fri Oct 25, 2019, 11:42 AM

5. I truly beg your pardon

There was no intention in my response to tell you how to react.

My reaction was different than yours because if the man who was outed wasn't offended, then it's hard for me to tell him how to feel.

In most cases, an outing isn't similar to this story and usually has a malicious intent. I get that and I've seen it too often.

I meant no disrespect to you, Behind.

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Response to PJMcK (Reply #5)

Fri Oct 25, 2019, 11:47 AM

6. That is not how your post read.

Just because he wasn't offended or angry (he was upset), it doesn't mean I can't have my own reaction nor am I telling him or you, for that matte, what your reactions should or shouldn't be. Too often, I have seen people outed, including by accident, and in a few cases of accidental outings, it had some very bad repercussions. As someone who was outed against my will on a few occasions, I taking outing very seriously and get angry when it is done without permission, accidentally of otherwise. Had it been malicious, I would be even more angry.

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