RICHARD SIMMONS TAKING A FITNESS WALK WITH FANS IN 2007 IN NEW ORLEANS
This is good. You can now falsely call your enemy a tranny and get away with it as far as the courts are concerned. That’s assuming this landmark legal precedent holds up.
If it does, by the same token, you should be able to call your enemy a homo and get away with it.
If you’re an amateur lawyer, read this story and extrapolate how we can use this to our advantage.
In what could establish a landmark legal precedent, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge indicated Wednesday (Aug. 30) that he plans to dismiss Richard Simmons’ pending defamation lawsuit against the National Enquirer, Variety is reporting. The New Orleans-born weight-loss guru sued the tabloid publication in May over a published report alleging he was in the process of transitioning to become a woman.
Simmons, who — before unexpectedly withdrawing from the public spotlight in early 2014 — was well-known for his flamboyant manner and style of dress, expressed support for the trans community in his initial filing, which also named Radar Online as a defendant. At the same time, though, he insisted he was not transitioning.
But while the Enquirer story might be false, Judge Gregory Keosian’s tentative ruling asserts that being misidentified as transgender doesn’t rise to the standard of defamation, which is defined by exposing someone to hatred, contempt, ridicule or abuse.
“While, as a practical matter, the characteristic may be held in contempt by a portion of the population, the court will not validate those prejudices by legally recognizing them,” Keosian wrote in his ruling, according to Variety.
The decision, if finalized in coming days as expected, is believed to set a new legal precedent, contending that misidentifying someone as transgender doesn’t necessarily harm their reputation. Similar rulings have focused on race, and Keosian’s decision would appear to argue that a person’s transgender status should be held to the same standard.
While some have characterized the ruling as a counterintuitive legal victory for the trans community, Simmons’ lawyers responded by arguing that it is rooted more in idealism than reality.
A public figure for decades who long showed an affinity for the spotlight, Simmons in 2014 abruptly disappeared from public view, secluding himself in his Hollywood Hills home. He has since refused every request to be interviewed in person, leading to all manner of speculation about the reasons for his seclusion, ranging from his health to rumors that he was being held hostage by his housekeeper.
That speculation even spawned a hit podcast, “Missing Richard Simmons,” which — while not authorized by Simmons — became an online sensation in early 2017.
Simmons has maintained that he is in good health but that he simply wants a break from the spotlight. Multiple visits to his Hollywood Hills home by Los Angeles police, prompted by rumors regarding his well-being, led a law enforcement source in March 2017 to confirm to the website TMZ that Simmons is “perfectly fine.”
RICHARD SIMMONS, 2013.
I can’t finish a post about Richard Simmons without saying that he’s the only allegedly homosexual person I can think of that I accept.
He’s never gotten into promoting the LGBT agenda. He loves his fans and they seem to feel the same way. And why not? His whole life has revolved around teaching fat women how to lose weight and feel better about themselves. He was a fat kid himself so whatever struggles the obese go through, he’s experienced. Furthermore, he’s a self-made “man” from a lower middle class New Orleans background.
Richard needs to get out and about again. Becoming a recluse like Howard Hughes is probably not a good thing.
Nostalgia from 1990!