Leo works with a guy who is so off-kilterly homophobic, that he didn't want to watch the episode of Top Chef Masters that was on this week. Why didn't he want to watch it? Because Art Smith was one of the contestants.
I love Art Smith. I love his teddy bearness, I love his attitude, I love that he teared up at the end when he won...I just fucking love the guy, ok? He seems awesome.
Also, the guy is insanely successful. He seems like one of those bosses you'd love to have. He seems like someone you'd love to have cooking for ya, too. Instead of sounding like an errogant douchebag like some chefs make it sound when they drop names, when he boasts about the people he's been lucky enough to cook a meal for, it sounds like he's just proud of himself. And that makes me feel proud for him, too.
Anyway, back to this douchebag that Leo works with. When I heard that he was all pissy about even just watching the show because Art Smith was on it, I was all, "You know, I wanted him to win anyway, but now I want him to win even more, just to piss [coworker] off." At the end of the show when Art took the prize by a virtual landslide of stars, Leo and I high fived.
And today at work, that douchebag coworker was railing about how he couldn't believe Art Smith had won. Hahahahaha! In your FACE, intollerant biggot asshole coworker! :P:P:P:P
Little side story here: He actually told Leo once that if he gave him 3 weeks, he could "cure" him of being so tolerant of homosexuality. That was when Leo told him it might be best if they only talked about sports from then on, because discussions about religion and politics made him want to punch him in the throat*. And made his wife want to learn how to perform the perfect roundhouse kick to the head, just so she could do it to the coworker if she ever saw him**. It's funny, actually, that Leo even brought him up last night, because all talk about the asshole coworker was banned from the Smith household a while back, as hearing the ridiculous spew that regularly came forth from this dude's mouth fired me up so much, I think it was causing heart damage.
Just curious: how do you handle intollerant behavior/discussion from people you come into contact with? Do you entertain it with an attempt to talk about your own opinion on the matter? Do you shut it down and make it clear that it's not ok kind of talk around you? Do you have dreams of kicking the intollerance out of the individual via swift kicks to their groinal region?
*Ok, he didn't really say this to his coworker.
**But I do really say this to Leo on a regular basis. That coworker had better watch his ass should we ever be introduced.