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  1. Stefano A
    July 21, 2008

    Very sell said, Timothy.

    I’m please that someone other than myself felt this way. I’d been waiting on someone in the blogosphere to label this piece for what it is. So far, you are the only one who has so succinctly identified its faults.

    Thank you!

  2. Jarred
    July 21, 2008

    After all, he “sexually harassed” McInerney. He “was pushing as hard as he could, because he liked the attention”.

    I imagine there are many overly-aggressive heterosexual men and boys who might want to think long and hard about the implications if any court ever chooses to legitimize this defense.

  3. Johno
    July 21, 2008

    Thank you, this article really disturbed me. Setoodeh seems to have never considered the possibility that Larry’s actions were self-defense; that his rising ostentatiousness was a rebellious response to the “sexual” harassment he no doubt endured on a daily basis, just as many gay people (and straight people,) do for any kind of gender non-conformity at that age.
    If Setoodeh’s position is correct and un-biased, then why didn’t we see articles like this after Columbine? Those victims supposedly pushed their killers to the breaking point with gay taunts as well.

    The idea that Larry is to blame for his own death because he wouldn’t “tone it down” is sick. The insinuations that Epstein is in any way to blame for offering Larry support and trying to make a safe environment for him are incredibly sick.

    This article deserves protest.

  4. Stefano A
    July 21, 2008

    Setoodeh seems to have never considered the possibility that Larry’s actions were self-defense; that his rising ostentatiousness was a rebellious response to the “sexual” harassment he no doubt endured on a daily basis,

    That was one of the things that bothered me a lot about this article as well, Johno. That no consideration at all was given to that perspective.

  5. Sportin’ Life
    July 21, 2008

    Thank you.

    I hope you intend to forward your excellent commentary directly to the editors of Newsweek. The article actually shocked me with the extent to which it tried to place blame on King himself for his own murder. And on Epstein. Very shameful.

  6. AJ
    July 22, 2008

    Timothy Kincaid wrote:

    “I don’t know Ramin Setoodeh’s orientation or his personal tastes or biases.”

    This might help:


    The irony is enormous.

  7. AJD
    July 22, 2008

    The portrait I got from the article was of a disturbed, confused kid who used over-the-top flamboyance as a defense mechanism. I didn’t get the impression that the article was like a press release from AFA.

    Still, Setoodeh failed to take into account that however inappropriate King’s behavior toward other boys might have been, he was a product of his environment. He grew up being mistreated and responded by lashing out. It reminds me of Malcolm X’s allegory of the wolf asking the sheep or the rapist asking the raped why the latter hates the former.

    Most disturbing of all was the portrayal of his killer as some sort of victim. There’s a big difference between taunting kids who make your life difficult and retaliating by shooting someone. McInerney could easily have gone to authorities at the school to report what was going on and, should they have failed to ameliorate the problem, he could have taken it all the way to the school board and then sued the district if nothing was done.

    Anyway, I just checked and confirmed that Newsweek has a letters section, so I’d suggest you guys take your bitch pills and start typing…

  8. K.
    July 22, 2008

    Absolutely disgusting! How did that make it past the editor?

  9. SharonB
    July 22, 2008

    I agree! PLS send your critique to the letters section.

  10. AJD
    July 23, 2008

    I typed Setoodeh’s name into Google and got the following article that he wrote for The Stanford Daily in 2004: “Homoeroticism returns to the big screen in ‘Starsky.’”

    I haven’t seen the “Starsky & Hutch” movie, but that doesn’t look like a headline the copy editor wrote.

    The title would generally seem innocent, but coupled with the content of Setoodeh’s Newsweek article, it raises suspicions.


  11. Stacy
    July 24, 2008

    i just read the entire NEwsweek article right now and i am absolutely disgusted with how that author portrayed that boy..as if it matters how he dressed in school..and certainly had this boy gone the correct route and alerted authorities that he was “being basically stalked” by Larry, this situation would have ended a lot differently..the nerve of Setoodeh to imply in any way shape or form that Larry was at all to blame..

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