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Dana White Continues to Struggle Against Media Tyranny

(‘You pussies better not be writing any of this down.’)

Poor Dana White.  He can’t catch a break.  After being persecuted for his choice of words in the infamous ‘Other F-Word Blog,’ he’s still being victimized by the media.  As he explained to Neil Davidson of the Canadian Press, his vitriolic response to Loretta Hunt was little more than him taking advantage of the voice granted him by the powerful forces of the information age:

"Back in 1987, if the media wrote something about you, you were screwed," he said. "You had no voice, you couldn’t say anything back. Well now with the Internet, you can. You can come back. Yeah, did I go a little over the top? Absolutely, but that’s me. I am over the top and I was so pissed off about it. …"

Exactly.  Just one more reason why 1987 sucked compared to 2009.  The difficulty in acquiring pornography without leaving the house?  That’s another reason.  White also claims that the mainstream media outlets that rarely cover the UFC but picked up this bit of salacious news “used me,” which is true in a way.  It’s also true that the UFC uses the media to tell stories, hype fights, sell tickets and pay-per-views — and none of this is anything new.

But White’s insistence that this was just a case of fighting back against bad reporting starts to unravel when you remember that Sherdog asked the UFC for a comment on the story (or so they claim), and the UFC declined.  That’s because the UFC doesn’t want to play ball with certain news outlets, which is their prerogative.  They get to decide who they talk to and who they shun.  But it’s a little disingenuous to then turn around and accuse those shunned media outlets of not telling your side of the story after you flatly refused to give it to them.

So now what becomes of the video blogs, White’s one tool to fight back against the bullshit media establishment?  Now that he actually has to think about them, he’s not sure it’s worth the trouble:

"I’m still on the fence with the whole blog thing," he said Tuesday. "I have a blog right now that we shot yesterday (Monday) and now we’re all sitting around wondering if this is too controversial.  I’m me, I’m who I am. That’s not going to change, you know. Maybe who I am is too much, too much for the real world," he added with a chuckle. "But I’m not going to deal with all the bullshit.”

Am I the only one who finds the ‘I’m who I am’ defense to be pretty weak most of the time?  I mean, who isn’t who they are?  How does that excuse anything you do?  White’s outspokenness and sometimes jarring honesty is one of the qualities that’s helped make him successful, but if you basically admit that you’re an asshole sometimes that does not necessarily mean that no one has a right to call you out for being an asshole.

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G-rizzo- April 16, 2009 at 5:09 pm
Child Molester: I am who I am.

Judge: Oh...well then. I didn't realize that.
Okay, this trial is over. The accused is innocent.

Prosecutor: But Judge...

Judge: Are you deaf? Didn't you hear me?

Prosecutor: I did but I want to note that the accused is not Popeye.

Judge: Dually noted.
Anonymous- April 16, 2009 at 10:33 am

seriously though, anyone who gets butthurt over name calling needs to grow up a bit.
Shocked and Awed- April 16, 2009 at 8:25 am
@ Dee STROY Are

Think for a second's comments are on point. The reason why certain words are hateful is because they marginalize an entire class of people. For example, the word "asshole" is offensive, but it's not hate speech because it's directed only at a single person. On the other hand, the word "faggot" refers to an entire class of people in a derogatory way.

To say that hateful words don't matter if you simply ignore them is completely and utterly misguided. Hateful words can have a strong negative impact on someone's psychological well-being. Suicide and depression is more prevalent amongst gay teens -- this is well established. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to make the inference that a significant cause of this depression and suicide is their lack of acceptance by their peers and the hateful atmosphere created by words. Words are powerful, no doubt about it.

Regarding your point that people choose to be gay, your statement is directly contradicted by all the credible research on the topic. People are born gay; it is not a choice.
Dee STROY Are- April 16, 2009 at 8:04 am
To think for a second

No sir. Faggot wasnt a slur, until people made it a slur. If everyone stopped caring so much about what people have to say about them, we wouldnt have shit like slurs.

"Oh golly, is words hurt me so bad" Gimme a break. Have a spine people, if someone talks shit, the best thing to do is not be bothered by it. That is why people say shit like nigger, because they want to hurt you, if you dont let it, then they have no power.

And please, dont compare nigger, with faggot. Nobody chooses to be black, you choose to eat penis, and have them in you butt.
Kimbo's Bread- April 16, 2009 at 7:30 am
Here's a better caption of Dana's pic for this header:

PRESS: "Mr. White, are you able to communicate with the public in any way without using profanity?"

DANA WHITE: "......."
UFC fan- April 16, 2009 at 7:20 am
"Am I the only one who finds the ‘I’m who I am’ defense to be pretty weak most of the time? I mean, who isn’t who they are? How does that excuse anything you do? White’s outspokenness and sometimes jarring honesty is one of the qualities that’s helped make him successful, but if you basically admit that you’re an asshole sometimes that does not necessarily mean that no one has a right to call you out for being an asshole."

That statement is a fact, but it is also bullshit. You have a right to to call him out, just like he had a right to call Loretta CUNT out. The difference is YOU don't have a right to shut him up or give the man so much goddamn grief that he stops doing something that millions of people enjoy ( the blogs). You see this "I have the right to call you out if you are an ass" defense YOU have, can be just as easily flipped. So stop fucking defending the cunts of the world BEN.
vidq- April 16, 2009 at 4:56 am
in dana's words, he should shut the fuck up before he loses the rest of his sponsors...
Junk Puncher- April 16, 2009 at 3:15 am
The comments of "Think for a second Says" remind me of an interview done with Stone Cold Steve Austin. The interviewer asked Austin what he thought of the fact that a lot of smart people considered professional wrestling homoerotic. Austin got this shocked look on his face and then answered..."where do smart people get such stupid ideas?"
D.N.- April 16, 2009 at 2:05 am
Reminds me of that thought loop said by Jude Law in I heart Huckabees

"How am I not myself?"
Think for a second- April 16, 2009 at 12:32 am
Referring to someone as a Faggot, in the manner that Dana Whte did, is an example of hate speach. Very simply, he used it to insult another person, which means to him the word describes something that is worse than the alternative, which we would have to assume is, by his perspective, heterosexual.

I am a straight, liberal, white male, who is a fan on MMA. As with most intelligent straight men in my position, I've had to come to terms with a certain homo-eroticism that is inherent to this sport.

This is a part of our species, and I'm fine with that. I've accepted it. I may be solely attracted to women, but my closest friendships are all with men. I enjoy watching MMA, a sport that involves highly trained grown men writhing against each other topless. The only difference between myself and the "Faggots" Dana White is referring to is that I enjoy watching the men hurt each other, as opposed to other pursuits.

Any one who is reading this that hasn't recognized this aspect to the sport they love is misleading themselves.

People shouldn't need to be told why this word is offensive. For me, it would be like hearing someone say they were "jewed." Of course, I've heard this in my life and worse. Calling someone a faggot is just as bad as calling someone a nigger, or a kike. Even if the person didn't mean to insult every nigger and kike.

Dana, from faithfully watching your product for the last few years, I'd have to assume you have a large gay fanbase. By using the word "faggot" as an insult you were telling every single one of them that they are less than any straight fan you have. That's a shame. It's also wrong, and deserves to be called out.

Freedom of speech counts for everyone, not just Dana White. Gay groups, Womens groups, even the evil censoring media can say whatever the fuck they want in response to Dana White.

Three Conclusions:

1: Calling someone a "Faggot" is the same as calling someone a "nigger" or a "heebie jewboy hooknose kike."

2. Just like pro-wrestling, mma is deeply homoerotic. It isn't gay. There are worlds of difference between men making love, and men kicking the crap out of each other, but there are a lot of similarities too...

3. Freedom of Speech defends the right of Gays, Women, and Journalists to speak out against an attitude they find offensive.

If any of you don't like that feel free to hide your eyes in your clan hoods the next time you see anyone practise jiu-jitsu.

Dana White- April 15, 2009 at 11:30 pm
Listen you fucking faggots, I don't know where you guys are fuckin' hearing this shit from, but whoever told you that I'm a faggot is a fucking lying piece of shit-for-brains ass spelunker. You fucking got that? Faggots?
boreeed- April 15, 2009 at 10:56 pm
I guess being a fat-loud mouth-AssHole is finally catching up to Dana.
karmaatemycat- April 15, 2009 at 10:34 pm
Anonymous- April 15, 2009 at 10:21 pm
people need to chill out, seriously

dana white was pissed at an anonymous source and loretta hunt, not the gay community. he had a poor choice if words and apologized.

should be end of story
The Lizardking- April 15, 2009 at 9:25 pm
hacksaw, thats awesome!
also the photo caption is an instant classic.... anyways whether DW likes it or not, just like some of you were saying you can technically say whatever you want in this country but, be prepared for the consequences if someone doesn't like it or feels it is morally wrong.... its a double standard yeah, but its america, this isn't the first or last time its gonna happen.... as for me, im not big on certain types of censorship.... some is censored more for common sense(i.e. kids) but stuff like this is the be all to end all, DW says he doesn't hate gay people, do i believe him? idk... i dont know him personally, we all use off color humor in our day to day lives.... and if you mean it, thats when i believe you should get your ignorant ass kicked.... or than that, we kid people
kostellow- April 15, 2009 at 9:19 pm
cant remember of any "Don King fan" references.
you're all sick. I mean shinya-aoki-sick.
you disgust me, you youtube action heroes lovers!
Diggler- April 15, 2009 at 6:51 pm
Dana White is the Eminem of MMA
Ashton- April 15, 2009 at 6:02 pm
Everyone is a victim. Everyone's feelings are getting hurt and it makes us all so sad. I feel so sad for Loreta Cunt, and the Rutgers basketball team, and every one that spills coffee on their lap. Life is tuff, get a helmet.
Hacksaw- April 15, 2009 at 5:54 pm
Dana better just hope all the guys out there with Oedipus complexes don't take offense to his frequent use of the term "MotherFucker".
The Truth- April 15, 2009 at 5:35 pm
I dont see the big deal. I mean, they are faggots. They know they are faggots. Why dont they like being called faggots? Thats how I describe them, because thats the word I use. Thats what they are.
Anonymous- April 15, 2009 at 5:31 pm
An apology isn't enough Dana should have to blow a gay rights leader.
John- April 15, 2009 at 5:07 pm
I dunno what the big fuckin deal is. I mean they say faggot in movies, tv, books but you dont see the gays hollering about that shit. This world needs to lighten the fuck up.
Sacramento sucks- April 15, 2009 at 4:59 pm
Very valid points to my comment. I stand corrected.
Imbecile- April 15, 2009 at 4:53 pm
Missig the point of the "I am who I am" defense. He is saying he ain't going to be frontin' for nobody, just cause he gots some cameras on him. DW is gonna keep it real, and maybe the rest of you can't handle that.
The Harvester- April 15, 2009 at 4:47 pm
Haha CP you should look into why Dana and the UFC don't like Sherdog and would refuse to comment on any story put out by them. Don't assume that Dana is just being pissy. The UFC also doesn't let them have media passes to UFC events and there is a reason behind that also.
(CP is clearly upset by this)

The UFC has the right to shun anyone... You should watch the interview with Michael Lansberg of "Off the Record" with Dana that aired today. It definately explains the relationship with Sherdog that goes back to old school days, that involves dvd contracts and threats made by sherdog. I won't try to explain it but you should definately check it out.

On another interesting note in that same interview Dana said that if Chuck Liddel doesn't win he will retire.