SAG honors Ernest Borgnine

Posted by · 5:12 am · August 18th, 2010

There will no doubt be some mixed responses to this announcement, given that 93 year-old Ernest Borgnine is now recognized by a younger generation less as an Oscar-winning actor than “that bigot who refused to see ‘Brokeback Mountain,’” but he has just been named the recipient of the Life Achievement Award at next year’s Screen Actors Guild ceremony.

As career awards ago, this one is more hard-earned than most: Borgnine’s résumé is long and peppered with notable contributions to notable films: between “The Wild Bunch,” “From Here to Eternity,” “Bad Day at Black Rock,” “The Dirty Dozen,” “Escape from New York,” “Johnny Guitar,” “The Poseidon Adventure,” “Gattaca” (even if he doesn’t care much for it) and, of course, “Marty,” SAG directors should have a pretty easy time assembling a highlight reel. Plus, you know, “Airwolf!”

The 2010 SAG Awards ceremony will take place on January 30, 2011. Edited (if hardly brief — did we need to cover his Freemason status?) press release after the cut.

Los Angeles, California (August 18, 2010) – Ernest Borgnine, who is exuberantly entering his seventh decade of creating memorable characters and award-winning performances, will receive Screen Actors Guild (SAG)’s most prestigious accolade-—the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Borgnine, who has performed in more than 200 motion pictures, five television series and dozens of television films and guest appearances, will be presented the Award, given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, which premieres live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT.

In making today’s announcement, Screen Actors Guild National President Ken Howard said, “Whether portraying brutish villains, sympathetic everymen, complex leaders or hapless heroes, Ernest Borgnine has brought a boundless energy which, at 93, is still a hallmark of his remarkably busy life and career. It is with that same joyous spirit that we salute his impressive body of work and his steadfast generosity.”

Borgnine has been the recipient of industry recognition, critical praise and audience approbation throughout his career. He first drew the public eye in 1953 with his portrayal of the vicious Sergeant “Fatso” Judson, who beat Frank Sinatra’s Maggio to a pulpy death in the Oscar®-winning film “From Here to Eternity.” He was memorable as one of the thugs who threatened a one-armed Spencer Tracy in “Bad Day at Black Rock,” then did a 180-degree turn in 1955, starring for director Delbert Mann and screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky as the title character in what was to be the year’s best picture Oscar winner, “Marty.” His touching performance as the lonely butcher won Borgnine an Academy Award®, a BAFTA and a Golden Globe®. He would receive a second Golden Globe nomination some 52 years later for the title role in the telefilm “A Grandpa for Christmas” and an Independent Spirit Award nomination in 1989 for his Mafia boss in “Spike of Bensonhurst.”

During the ‘50s, Borgnine performed frequently on such Golden Age of Television masterworks as “G.E. Theatre” and “Philco Playhouse,” but it was the 1962-66 broad ensemble comedy “McHale’s Navy” that would cement his presence as a household name and earn Borgnine his first Emmy® nomination in 1963. The Television Academy would again nominate Borgnine in 1980 for his portrait of World War I soldier Stanislaus Katczinsky in the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of “All Quiet on the Western Front” (again under Delbert Mann’s direction) and just last year for his guest role as a devoted husband coming to terms with his wife’s imminent death in the final episode of “ER.”

Borgnine was also the recipient in 1999 of a Daytime Emmy nomination for his voice work as Carface in the animated “All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series” and the same year began his continuing run as the voice of semi-retired aquatic superhero Mermaid Man in the Nickelodeon smash-hit “SpongeBob SquarePants,” bringing him a whole new legion of young fans. He’s also played an animated version of himself on “The Simpsons.”

Borgnine was born Ermes Effron Borgnino on Jan. 24, 1917 in Hamden, Conn., son of Italian immigrants Charles (fka Camillo) and Anna Borgnino and grandson of Count Paolo Boselli, financial advisor to Italian King Victor Emmanuel. When he was 2, his parents separated, and he moved to Italy with his mother until the family reunited in Connecticut when Borgnine was 5. After he graduated high school in 1935, finding factory work and driving a vegetable truck did not suit him, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was discharged in October 1941, but a few months later, when the United States entered World War II, he re-enlisted and served until 1945, rising to the rank of Gunner’s Mate 1st Class. After the war, at his mother’s suggestion and with funds from the GI Bill, he enrolled in the Randall School of Dramatic Arts in Hartford, and then honed his craft at the famed Barter Theatre in Abington, Va.. There where he painted scenery, worked as stagehand and drove a truck yet-again, eventually getting a shot at acting in numerous classics. He even traveled with the company to entertain U.S. servicemen in Germany and Denmark, in the role of Guildenstern in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.”

Borgnine’s big break came in 1949, when he won the role of the hospital attendant in a Broadway production of “Harvey.” His success in live television prompted a move to Los Angeles, where in 1951, he made his motion picture debut in “The Whistle at Eaton Falls.” The staggering catalog of his 200 motion pictures since includes such classics as “Johnny Guitar,” starring Joan Crawford; “Vera Cruz,” with Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster; “The Catered Affair,” opposite Bette Davis; legendary ensemble pieces like Robert Aldrich’s “The Dirty Dozen” and Sam Peckinpah’s “The Wild Bunch”; and large-scale productions like “The Vikings,” “Torpedo Run,” “Emperor of the North,” “Ice Station Zebra,” “Flight Of The Phoenix,” “Escape from New York” and “The Poseidon Adventure.” He portrayed controversial FBI founder J. Edgar Hoover in the 1983 telefilm “Blood Feud” and again in the feature “Hoover,” which he also executive produced. He also played real-life boxing coach Angelo Dundee opposite Muhammad Ali (as himself) in “The Greatest.” His latest film “Red,” starring Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Richard Dreyfuss and Brian Cox, opens in October.

Besides “McHale’s Navy,” Borgnine’s television credits include starring as seasoned police office Joe Cleaver in “Future Cop” (1976-77), as veteran aircraft owner Dominic Santini “Airwolf” (1984-86), and as doorman Manny Cordoba in “The Single Guy” (1995-97). Among his telefilms and miniseries are “Jesus of Nazareth”; “The Trail to Hope Rose,” for which, at age 87, he drove a team of horses and was honored with the Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame; and this year’s “Wishing Well.” He had a recurring role on “The Commish” and guest starred in numerous series, including “JAG,” “Early Edition,” “Walker, Texas Ranger,” “Little House on the Prairie,” “Touched By An Angel,” “7th Heaven,” “Family Law” and “The District.” He even appeared in the first “Center Square” in the “Hollywood Squares” when the game show premiered in 1965.

Borgnine has received Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Columbia College Hollywood, Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Lakeland College in Mikwaukee and the University of Northern Alabama. Still deeply connected to Navy years, he maintains contacts with old shipmates from his destroyer days. He was recognized for his support of the Navy Memorial Fund with the Lone Sailor award from the Navy Memorial Foundation and was named an Honorary Chief Petty Officer by the Navy Chiefs. Some 20 years ago, he acquired another Naval title: Honorary Flight Leader for the Navy’s Flight Demonstration Team: The Blue Angels. In 2000, the Veterans Foundation elected him Veteran of the Year. As he celebrated his 90th birthday, he was honored with the California Commendation Medal for his support of the military by the Commanding Officer of the California National Guard. In 2009, he participated in a special tribute to the Navy at the National Memorial Day Parade presented by the American Veterans Center in Washington, D.C.

In 1985, Borgnine received the Motion Picture and Television Fund’s Golden Boot Award for his work in film and television Westerns. In 1990, he was named Honorary Mayor of Universal City, where “McHale’s Navy” was filmed. In 1997, the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival honored him with the King Vidor Memorial Award. The National Film Theatre of Great Britain honored him in May 2001 for a lifetime of artistic achievement. In 2009, he received a special tribute at the Almería, Spain International Film Festival and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rhode Island International Film Festival, which screened his then-latest feature “Another Harvest Moon,” in which he starred opposite Piper Laurie, Anne Meara and Doris Roberts.

In 2002, Borgnine received a lifetime achievement award from his mother’s birthplace, Carpi, Italy. In honor of his Italian parentage, he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. For a quarter century, he marched as the Grand Clown in “The Great Circus Parade” in Milwaukee. A Freemason for 60 years, he is proud to have been honored with the 33rd Degree of the Masonic Order of the Grand Cross. He was honorary chair of the Scottish Rite RiteCare Program, which sponsors 175 childhood language disorders clinics, centers and programs nationwide, and narrated “On the Wings of Words,” a film about the RiteCare Program.

Borgnine’s 2008 autobiography, “Ernie” was a “New York Times” bestseller. He lives in Beverly Hills with his wife of 37 years, Tova, QVC’s on camera spokesperson for Tova cosmetics.

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  • 1 8-18-2010 at 6:13 am

    Zack said...

    There can’t be many SAG press releases that mention Spongebob Squarepants.

  • 2 8-18-2010 at 7:49 am

    Neel Mehta said...

    Probably inspired a couple of generations of schlubby dramatic actors. Kind of analogous to seeing Steve Buscemi and Sam Rockwell in that HBO mini-doc on John Cazale — there was a natural progression there.

    It would be interesting to see who gets invited to deliver the presentation, as Borgnine lacks any real contemporaries. Reilly? Hoffman?

  • 3 8-18-2010 at 8:09 am

    Robert Hamer said...

    Oh, John C. Reilly would be perfect. In fact, he’d be my first choice for the titular role if Hollywood ever decided to remake Marty.

  • 4 8-18-2010 at 8:15 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    It’s a shame Ethel Merman isn’t still alive to present.

  • 5 8-18-2010 at 8:42 am

    Zack said...

    Are all the rest of the Wild Bunch dead? ‘Cuz if not, that’d be an idea.

  • 6 8-18-2010 at 9:08 am

    THE Diego Ortiz said...

    Ever alert, Mermaid Man has trained himself to sleep with his eyes open.

  • 7 8-18-2010 at 9:33 am

    The Other James D. said...

    I love how nobody’s exclaimed exuberance over this announcement yet.

  • 8 8-18-2010 at 2:44 pm

    med said...

    SAG seems to be on roll…2010 they award Bullock best actress for her horrible performance in the Blind Side and in 2011 they award Borgnine, a boastful homophobe, the Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Way to go SAG…

  • 9 8-18-2010 at 2:47 pm

    The Other Ryan said...

    I don’t think anyone really cares. Most people considered him irrelevant and out of touch after the Brokeback Mountain comment (which is definitely a dick move), and a lot of the younger audience probably wouldn’t even know who he is. Not that this awards isn’t well deserved, of course (separate the man from the art, after all). I’m just surprised it took him this long to get it.

  • 10 8-18-2010 at 2:53 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    To SAG’s credit, I feel like they ignited the Betty White lovefest ♥. After that, the Facebook cult ensued and history was made.

  • 11 8-18-2010 at 9:43 pm

    Michael Shetina said...

    “It’s a shame Ethel Merman isn’t still alive to present.”

    That made my night. But she’s too busy palling around in the afterlife with her pal, J. Edgar Hoover.

  • 12 8-19-2010 at 10:31 am

    Sam said...

    So what if Borgnine didn’t want to see Brokeback Mountain? I’m getting tired of the meme “if you didn’t want to watch Ang Lee’s film, then you are a homophobe”. Some of you just need to get over it already. Yes, Brokeback Mountain was heads-and-shoulders above Crash. But neither of those films should have won Best Picture in my estimation. You have to remember, Liberal white guilt trumps homosexual issues every, single time.

  • 13 8-19-2010 at 10:33 am

    Sam said...

    I think this Brokeback Mountain comparison is similar to United 93. I knew people who refused to watch Greengrass’ film. Do I consider them “realityphobes”? No, of course not. If they don’t want to watch something, then that’s their choice.

  • 14 8-19-2010 at 11:29 am

    The Other Ryan said...

    If someone didn’t want to watch Brokeback Mountain because it’s a gay movie and they’re put off by homosexuality, then by definition, that makes them a homophobe.

    If they don’t want to watch United 93, it’s because they’d probably rather not relive the most tragic even in U.S. history.

  • 15 8-19-2010 at 12:11 pm

    Sam said...

    “If someone didn’t want to watch Brokeback Mountain because it’s a gay movie and they’re put off by homosexuality, then by definition, that makes them a homophobe.”
    – I thought homophobic meant an individual who fears homosexuality. Being put off by it, or believing it is immoral, does not mean that one is homophobic. To me, that term is just used as a slur to silence any and all opposition to the gay culture.

    “If they don’t want to watch United 93, it’s because they’d probably rather not relive the most tragic even in U.S. history.”
    – In other words, pretend like it never happened. That’s smart.

  • 16 8-19-2010 at 12:20 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    “Opposition to the gay culture”–…Are you for real, Mann Coulter? Do we all need to delve into a rant on how there is no “gay culture”, but a variety of gays that exist much like the various straight types, be they flamboyant, reserved, sensitive, macho, w/e? There was no “gay culture” present in the plot of Brokeback Mountain either–they were two conflicted, but masculine characters.

    If anything, it was easier for the younger generation’s straight men because Ennis and Jack were macho men, and it opened their eyes. Contrastly, it probably scared a few elders because they might have related to the non-orientation aspects of the characters.

    It’s stupid not to see a film because “you don’t care for the content”. See it for the actual filmmaking. And as a voting member of the Academy, Borgnine should’ve made an effort to watch all of the major contenders at least before voting.

  • 17 8-19-2010 at 12:33 pm

    snowballa said...

    “Being put off by it, or believing it is immoral, does not mean that one is homophobic.”

    Wow that’s some retarded logic there. Borgnine is a homophobe through and through. Also, someone refusing to watch “United 93” means that they are pretending it never happened? Really? You have to see how stupid that logic is.

  • 18 8-19-2010 at 2:13 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    I’m sorry, but “believing that homosexuality is immoral” is pretty much the definition of homophobia. That’s some ugly reasoning you’ve got there.

  • 19 8-19-2010 at 3:19 pm

    Jim T said...

    I’m sorry but, many things depicted in movies are immoral. Is that a reason to not watch them? I mean, for me, considering homosexuality immoral is crazy (if not that rare) but how can one believe it’s more immoral than murder or rape etc?

  • 20 8-19-2010 at 4:54 pm

    Sam said...

    “’m sorry, but “believing that homosexuality is immoral” is pretty much the definition of homophobia.”
    – Guy, you obviously need to consult a dictionary. “Phobia” is an irrational fear of something. Homophobia is fear of homosexuals. Your behavior is the same as a lot of your ilk. You change the meaning of words, in order to fit into their worldview.

    “I’m sorry but, many things depicted in movies are immoral. Is that a reason to not watch them?”
    – I agree. Ernest Borgnine, being an Academy member, should watch every film that is up for Oscars. If you want to be an honest voter. But how do you force something like that?

    “how can one believe it’s more immoral than murder or rape etc?”
    – I don’t remember anyone saying, in this forum, that homosexuality was worse then murder or rape. You are framing the debate in a dishonest way.

  • 21 8-19-2010 at 5:09 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    Well, the term “homophobia” is not a concise deconstruction of prefix and suffix any longer. It has a wider, looser definition (that’s what she said). It connotes fear, apprehension, bigotry, ignorance, and so forth. So it’s justifiably applicable.

  • 22 8-19-2010 at 5:12 pm

    Jim T said...

    I wasn’t clear enough. I meant that, obviously, Borgnine has seen movies that showed actions he considers immoral but he couldn’t watch BM. I’m not a doctor but doesn’t that show a “phobia”? It’s like: I hate kidnapping but I’m OK with watching it. Homosexuality on the other hand…

  • 23 8-19-2010 at 6:29 pm

    Maxim said...

    “Yes, Brokeback Mountain was heads-and-shoulders above Crash.”

    I strongly disagree. As much as I actually like Brokeback Mountain I find it to be not nearly as good as it is important. I would also argue that as a movie it’s more manipulative than Crash.

    “But neither of those films should have won Best Picture in my estimation.”

    Agreed. Not that year, anyway.

  • 24 8-19-2010 at 8:19 pm

    Sam said...

    @ Maxim

    I can’t defend Crash. It was pure manipulation. It also was the weakest of the field (Capote, Good Night and Good Luck, Munich, and Brokeback Mountain). The conclusion I have come to is that Crash barely won over BM (in terms of votes). If I was an Academy member, I probably would have given it to Capote or Good Night and Good Luck. I can never decide which one I prefer, as both are great.

  • 25 8-20-2010 at 12:44 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    As loath as I am to stoke this idiotic argument any further, I just thought I’d chime in with the Merriam-Webster definition of “homophobia” (my italics):

    “irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals”

    Care to explain how believing homosexuality to be immoral falls outside the terms “aversion to” or “discrimination against”? Looks like the Webster folks also “change the meaning of words in order to fit [their] world view.” You could no doubt counter this with a more literal-minded definition from an alternate dictionary, but that would only go to prove that that the word has a broad application, and should be regarded with some sensitivity, whatever “ilk” of people you think you’re conversing with. Anyway, none of this is advancing the thread in any productive way, so I’m dropping the discussion. Continue if you wish.

  • 26 8-20-2010 at 7:48 am

    Sam said...

    Guy, I don’t really care. Not everybody accepts homosexuality as a legitimate lifestyle. Get over it. The majority of people in California voted against redefining the term “marriage,” and ONE judge overthrew the will of the people. This type of behavior never helps the gay community. But continue on with your crusade by slamming any and all people who don’t accept your position. Sorry.

  • 27 8-20-2010 at 8:16 am

    The Other James D. said...

    This ‘majority’ is barely above 50%, Sling Blade. And the gap keeps widening in favor of gays, particularly with the younger generation, and interestingly enough, with more progressive Christians, such as my best friend David, who is pro-gay marriage and goes by the motto: “Christianity is love.” Those who don’t practice that aren’t real Christians–and are the immoral ones.

    And by the way, what kind of retard still calls homosexuality a lifestyle? Clubbing is a lifestyle. Going to the beach and tanning all day is a lifestyle. Loitering at the mall and playing DDR till closing time is a lifestyle. And film watching is a lifestyle. None of these traits are exclusive. Get over it. Gay and straight people alike can be categorized into any of these four lifestyles and more, especially when heterosexuals like those on Jersey Shore are busy engaging in the “homosexual lifestyle” 0f dancing, drinking, and casual sex.

    It’s best if you take your ignorance and homophobia elsewhere, Leviticunt, unless you enjoy the sadomasochistic relationship of being dominated mercilessly by your superior on a regular basis. Quite a kinky lifestyle for someone so narrow-minded.

  • 28 8-20-2010 at 11:01 am

    Sam said...

    @ The Other James

    See, this is why it is hard to have an open and honest debate about this issue. The pro-gay side can’t argue with FACTS, but instead slime the opposition by calling them names (i.e. homophobic, retard, Leviticunt, ignorant, ect) and building straw man arguments.

    “progressive Christians, such as my best friend David, who is pro-gay marriage and goes by the motto: “Christianity is love.” Those who don’t practice that aren’t real Christians–and are the immoral ones.”
    – I want you to define the term “progressive Christian”. Because it seems to me that you have never read the Bible. Jesus Christ believed that marriage is the sacred institution between a man and a women. He preached that anything that goes outside of that institution (including redefining it) is not legitimate in God’s eyes. Of course the Lord taught us to love our neighbors (including the homosexual ones); but God did not say to accept and endorse their sin. It is the same as accepting adultery as normal. Your friend David, unfortunately, can’t pick and choose which parts of scripture he likes, and disregard the other stuff. You either accept the Lord in totality, or you don’t.

    “And by the way, what kind of retard still calls homosexuality a lifestyle?”
    – I want a link and source. Scientists have not proven that it is genetic. Believing it to be so, does not make it so. And using the “animals engage in the same behavior” is not a good refutation. Animals slaughter each other on a daily basis. Should we accept murder as legitimate if someone wrongs another?

    “It’s best if you take your ignorance and homophobia elsewhere, Leviticunt, unless you enjoy the sadomasochistic relationship of being dominated mercilessly by your superior on a regular basis. Quite a kinky lifestyle for someone so narrow-minded.”
    – Perfect example of trying move the goalposts in a debate by taking a moral superior position. All you are doing is revealing yourself to be an authoritarian on the subject, and that their is no room for honest debate in your mind. Now who is the intolerant one?

  • 29 8-20-2010 at 12:07 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    Jesus never mentioned homosexuality in the Bible. The Bible was not written by God himself, or Jesus, but is a compilation of numerous scriptures and parables. Numerous inclusions in the Bible do not hold up well in modern society, particularly those of Leviticus. So insinuating the Bible is perfect is naïve; the Bible is fallible.

    And you can say it is not proven to be genetic, but there is also no proof it is NOT genetic. So don’t assume you’re right either. You’re looking at opinions, not facts. But either way, this argument should cease now: this is an Oscar/film blog, NOT a theological open forum.

  • 30 8-20-2010 at 12:25 pm

    Sam said...

    James, you have been given over to an irreparable mind. Which is your right to choose.

    “You’re looking at opinions, not facts. But either way, this argument should cease now: this is an Oscar/film blog, NOT a theological open forum.”
    – I would be willing to accept that, but you just can’t help yourself by calling those who disagree with you “homophobes, leviticunts, ect.”

    And yes, Jesus did mention it. I just explained it to you in the other comment. He said the only legitimate union in God’s eyes (concerning marriage) is between a man and a woman. Anybody who goes against that has sinned. You haven’t read the Bible, otherwise you would know this. You better pray that we Christians are wrong about the afterlife. You are in my prayers :).

  • 31 8-20-2010 at 1:02 pm

    Nick Davis said...

    Since this is a film site, can I recommend that everyone engaging in this debate might be interested in taking a look at the recent, “bakeoff”-shortlisted documentary For the Bible Tells Me So, which takes Christianity very seriously as a calling (which rude epithets like “Leviticunt” do not even pretend to do) but also observes that what a lot of believers quote “from the Bible” is actually not written there, and that lots of what IS written there belies the “Bible must be embraced unswervingly as the word of God” mentality? Especially when we’re using it as an almanac to a very different contemporary world?

    Sam, I appreciate your standing for principles in a forum where you expect most people to disagree with you. But given your laudable attention to framing debates honestly, it seems a little beneath you to insist upon a dictionary definition of “homophobia” and then plead “I don’t care” when one is proffered to you. And I would say the same about assuming that no one who is gay or defends the legitimacy of homosexuality can possibly know the Bible or be speaking from a nuanced, sympathetic, or believing position about Christianity. If we wanted to go ’round and ’round about this, I’d want to hear how you reconcile the 1 Corinthians verses about silencing women in church, the allusions in Deuteronomy to stoning women or non-virginal wives, the repeated invocations that slaves accept their lot and strive to please their masters, etc. None of this makes the Bible something one should throw out with the bathwater, but none of it allows for a blanket embrace of every clause of the scripture (interpreted, as was said above, by several different people and much later than the life of Christ).

    Even as a gay man, though, I would agree with your earliest point that it behooves all of us to flatten every kind of misgiving about homosexuality into the stand-alone term “homophobia,” even at times when it seems to aptly describe what someone has done or said. Obama gave that bracing speech in PA about how racist/nonracist has never been as productive a binary as it should be when we’re trying to understand each other through a complex, highly loaded conversation. I’d venture something similar about the way we talk about sexuality, though that’s just my opinion, and sometimes I get riled up, too.

    What does at least some clear from the actual entry Guy wrote is that Ernest Borgnine is deeply, immovably Gattacaphobic. What’s up with that?

  • 32 8-20-2010 at 1:03 pm

    Nick Davis said...

    (Oops – I meant, behooves all of us NOT to flatten…)

  • 33 8-20-2010 at 1:05 pm

    timr said...

    Though I feel weird even contributing to this grotesque discussion, Sam’s “argument” can be boiled down as follows:

    “I’m not homophobic! I have every reason to hate gays!”

    That’s all we need to know.