This Teacher's Clapback to Homophobic Parents Was Just Perfect

Something that teacher Michael Neri addressed when one of his student’s parents texted him and let him know that they were pulling their kid from his class. The reason? Because the teacher is gay.

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Michael, a drama teacher, shared screencaps of the conversation he had with a parent who informed him that because the parent is Christian and raising his children as such, he does not approve of Michael’s lifestyle and needs to pull his kids away from being “influenced by unconventional ideas.”

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That’s when Michael decided to lay down a verbal smack-down that tore the parent’s argument to shreds by making comparisons to other fields.

He argued that his sexual orientation in no way shape or form affected his ability to teach and that he took pride in his work and was confident in his teaching abilities.

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But Michael wasn’t all business in his response, however. He informed the kid’s parent that if he was looking for a good drama school for his children whose staff was entirely composed of heterosexual teachers, that he would be in for a rude awakening.

And he did so with a bit of humor that makes his response just that much better.

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Michael goes in and basically provides one of the politest and professional go-f-yourself-and-the-horse-you-rode-in-on text responses that’s ever existed in the world of anti-anti-gay clapbacks.

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It’s no wonder why his tweet went viral and is still racking up the retweets and likes.

It’s also no wonder so many people were digging the way he handled a very unfortunate and uncomfortable situation.

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There were tons of people who praised Michael for his restrained brand of savagery, especially the “nice” invitation he extended to the parent at the end of his text.

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In fact, many self-declared Christians went on the social media platform to condemn the parent who took their children out of Michael’s class for bigoted reasons under the guise of religious scruples.

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Some users even pointed out that Michael’s polite response to the parent’s discrimination was more Christian-like behavior than the self-avowed Christian claimed to value so much.

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There was just a lot of appreciation going around for the way Michael handled the entire situation, especially bringing up the fact that wearing “mixed fabrics” is expressly forbidden if one intends to devote their life to living the way the Bible states.

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And, of course, donating their security deposits for a charity that benefits members of the LGBT community was a pro-move as well.

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If you wanted a master tutorial in classy comebacks, well, this is a great rubric to follow.

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This 'Dirty' Guy's Response To A Mom Trying To Make An Example Out Of Him Is Perfect

This 'Dirty' Guy's Response To A Mom Trying To Make An Example Out Of Him Is Perfect

There’s this perception that human beings have and it’s that things that are “easier” are almost always better.

Which is true, for the most part, you shouldn’t waste your time on things that aren’t worth it when you aren’t spending as much time on other aspects of your life that are way more important. It’s like obsessing over the type of cheese you’re going to platter for a friendly get-together while you’re working a job you hate and your resume’s been collecting dust and needed to be updated three years ago.

You should absolutely be willing to get your hands metaphorically “dirty” in order to accomplish your dreams.

Especially if that includes actual dirty work. For some people, being successful isn’t defined as sitting in an office or behind a computer all day – they like working with their hands and getting the occasional grime on themselves. And it doesn’t make them any less of a person for enjoying that kind of lifestyle.

A lesson that Andy Ross hopes he imparted on a young girl and her mother during a visit to the store when he had some dirt on his face. He shared the message on Facebook, where it’s been shared over 163,000 times.

Andy writes that the child kept staring at his dirty face, which didn’t bother him, until the young girl’s mother tried to use him an example of “why you should stay in school.”

So I had a very interesting “educational” conversation with a woman and her daughter today. As I entered the store before I got home, a little girl kept staring at me. Which is fine. I know that kids are curious when they see someone, especially as dirty as I was. They ended up in front of me as I was checking out. Little girl still staring, her mother told her to stop staring. As they finished and headed towards the door, I hear her mom say quietly to the little girl “that is why you need to stay in school”. I figured this was a great time to educate this mother and her 7/8 year old daughter. The following is our conversation: 

First, I happen to be a very educated dirty man. I not only have a high school diploma, I also have a college degree and many medical certifications. So assuming that I am uneducated because of my appearance is actually quite ignorant in itself. 

Secondly, if you are telling your daughter to stay in school because I have tattoos up and down my arms, that will actually suppress her creativity and potentially hinder her imagination as she develops. Again, contradictory to your point ma’am. I am proud of my tattoos and artwork that Forrest Bateman put on my body. It’s a representation of my pride in my country and my service over multiple combat tours as a special operations medic. 

Third, if you’re referring that statement to the hat (not featured) I’m wearing because it features an elk, you might not understand it. I happen to co-own Evergreen State Outdoors and am proud to own an outdoors company and support my rights to hunt and responsibly be a gun owner. 

Finally, I chose to work in a construction industry. I am proud to say that I am apart of building America and I enjoy my job everyday. I tried working a desk job when I got out of the service and it wasn’t for me. I enjoy working with my hands and being outdoors. Subsequently, it comes with being dirty some days. I make good money, have benefits, and am able to provide for my family without issue. So my appearance reflects nothing to do with my level of intelligence or pursuing a higher level of education. 

I left the the two with a simple final statement of “have a good day and try not to judge people before you know anything about them. Good luck with her little girl” 

Today’s lesson for the day:

1- don’t judge people at first glance.
2-do what you love and enjoy and it’s never work.
3-blue collar jobs are the best jobs. They can pay great and it doesn’t always come with a price tag.
4-education is important, but college doesn’t guarantee you anything.
5- experience, hard work, and dedication allow you to be successful in your career path.
6-don’t be an asshole parent who raises their kids to be an asshole.
7- when attempting to insult someone’s intelligence and education level, don’t allow yourself to be out educated by said dirty man.
8- I need a shower.

People loved his post and the “lesson” he hopefully taught the young girl and her mother that day.

And of course, there were people who found a problem with the message he was trying to get across.

Equally insulting to people who work “dirty jobs” is the appropriation of “hard work culture,” something that former Dirty Jobs show host, Mike Rowe, talked about at length in this facebook post blasting “fake mud jeans.”

The part of the post that sums up his argument hits the nail on the head on people who “mock” hard work:

If Nordstrom’s wants to carry them, the description would read something like this:

“Finally – a pair of jeans for the hard-working gent who doesn’t want to actually wear them. The Borax Wash is so rugged and so manly, they don’t even need a human to hold them up! So sit back and relax, secure in the knowledge that your work pants can’t be folded or stored like other jeans. Show the world you mean business by owning the only jeans that can’t be worn! The jeans, that can stand on their own!”

$ 600 – only at Nordstrom.

And if you really wanted a pair of “dirty” jeans, you could just do this:

But I guess that would be too much “dirty” work for some people to handle.

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Mom Calls Gay Bar To Figure Out What To Do When Her Son Came Out And Got Perfect Advice

Kara Coley works in a bar in Mississippi called Sipps that isn’t officially a gay bar, but is known around the area as being “gay friendly.” Coley’s been tending bar for 17 years. She’s probably answered a lot of questions and talked a lot of customers through their problems. We treat the people who give us alcohol as therapists working for tips, especially after having a few.

Then one Friday night, Coley got a call she’d been training for her whole life! Her post about the sweet exchange went viral on Facebook. Coley told the Huffington Post that it was a woman with a Northern accent, looking for answers for her gay son.

“So I got the most random phone call at the bar tonight!” writes Coley, turning it into a little script in case you want to read along at home:

Me: Good evening Thank you for calling Sipps! 

Lady on phone: Is this a gay bar?

 Me: well we are a everybody bar but yes mostly gay. 

Lady: What was the one thing you wanted from your parents when you a came out? 

Lady: My son just came out to me and I don’t want to say anything that may mess him up in the head. 

Me: well I think that you should just make sure he knows that you love and accept, wait do you accept it? 

Lady: well Umm yes if that’s what he wants. 

Me: You should definitely let him know that you love and accept him! I think everything will be ok from there! 

Lady: okay well thank you. 

Me: you are very welcome and good luck!

“17 years of bartending in gay bars on the coast! That’s definitely a first for me!” Coley concluded.

Coley’s little story has been shared hundreds of time, much to her surprise.

“I’m shocked and excited,” she told HuffPost. “Although I still don’t get it because I was just being honest and compassionate.”

People love the idea that Coley was able to help a woman trying to figure out how to love her son the best possible way:

Coley has not figured out who the mom that called was, but says if she and her son ever came to Sipps, “I would hug their necks!”

A great story about what can happen when the right person answers the phone.

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This Woman Came Up With The Perfect Prank For When A Guy Asks You To 'Send Nudes'

You know how it is when you’re having a nice text conversation with someone you have a crush on or are just starting to date. Or maybe some Internet stranger who slides into your DMs. They all make the same demand.

“NUDES,” they cry. They want pictures of your naked body and feel completely entitled to having them. There’s certainly nothing wrong with sharing some sexy pics with someone if that’s your jam, but the sheer number of dudes who ask makes it seem like they’re all involved in some sort of scavenger hunt. It’s annoying.

Twitter user @saucynatt shared her own solution to the Send Nudes request, posting a conversation with some unsuspecting, but eager, fellow in which she just kept writing, “Attachment: 1 Image” over and over rather than sending a file. Much to his disappointment, nothing resembling a naked woman appeared:

It really worked a bunch of times:

The tweet went viral, and it’s apparently not that uncommon to mess with men whose brains are deadened by their desire to see digital areola. There were other pranks in the replies; some suggested the download that will never download:

Or the message that never sends:

But most just complimented her on the extremely good troll:

There’s nothing that seems to stop men asking for nudes, so at least enjoy the troll.

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This Girl Replaced All Her Family's Photos With Perfect Replicas Starring Their Dog

It’s summer, and there isn’t much to do. As former children, we all know there’s only enough entertainment to keep you busy for the first few weeks of summer break. After that, it’s up to you to make some fun. Just take this Twitter user Marissa Hooper as an example.

The 21-year-old student decided to reshoot all the family photos that were on display around the house and replace all her family members with her dog, Dixie.

Marissa swapped out her older sister’s kindergarten yearbook photo, a vintage black-and-white picture of her grandmother, and her own graduation photo with hilarious recreations featuring Dixie.

Her mom, Kathryn, told BuzzFeed that it took a few weeks for her to notice that the photos were being replaced. “It was kind of embarrassing,” she said. Eventually, a friend who was hanging out at the house pointed it out to her. “I don’t want people thinking that’s what I do in my spare time,” she added. 

Twitter found it hilarious, of course. 

Since the tweet went viral, Marissa has started an Instagram account for all of Dixie’s fans. 

We all need to steal this idea. 

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Little Boy Who Was Bullied For Wearing Make-Up Gets A Perfect Gift From Ellen

Little Boy Who Was Bullied For Wearing Make-Up Gets A Perfect Gift From Ellen

Reuben de Maid is a 12-year-old boy from Wales who has quite a set of pipes. He made an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last week in full-face glam make-up and did something very few adults would be brave enough to do on live TV—belt out “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls

Reuben, who has a small but dedicated YouTube following, started out singing on his karaoke machine. He attracted enough attention to earn an appearance on Little Big Shots, hosted by Steve Harvey. When asked where he got a beautiful voice, he very sweetly told Ellen, “I think it just came from the inside.” And practice, he admits. Reuben also does all his own make-up and has been doing it since he was about 8.

Ellen asked if he wears make-up to school, and Reuben said he does. She asked if he was bullied and Reuben explained that he was bullied for a few months. “In my drama group, I used to get hit, punched, and kicked,” he said, “After two months, I tried to brush it off, but brushing it off doesn’t work. So I stood up to them and I told my mom.” Reuben got moved to a new school and has found his new classmates far more accepting. As they should be, because Reuben is a star:

Ellen congratulated him, saying, “Well, good for you for not stopping being who you are, that’s really tough.”  She added, “And you look fantastic.”

Later Ellen asked what he wants to be when he grows up, and to the audience’s pleasure he said “a Kardashian,” explaining that he’d like to have his own make-up brand, website, and YouTube channel with his sister. Luckily, Ellen set him up with exactly what he needs to make his dreams come true, including a make-up set, a new computer, and a backdrop with the whole Kardashian brood to stand behind him. Reuben’s excitement was hard to capture:

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But I think we will have a lot more of Reuben to look forward to if he was able to accomplish this much before he even got his own box light.

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Mother Explains The Perfect Way To Break The News About Santa To Kids

Sooner or later the truth has to come out. You know, about the really old guy that manages to somehow delivers presents to every house in the world in a few hours. I had a friend who still believed in Santa when she as 12 years old.

So obviously it can be difficult for some parents to break the truth to their kids. So mother Charity Hutchinson recently decided to share an amazing way she recently learned to break the whole thing down with minimum tears.

“In our family, we have a special way of transitioning the kids from receiving from Santa, to becoming a Santa. This way, the Santa construct is not a lie that gets discovered, but an unfolding series of good deeds and Christmas spirit.”

“When they are 6 or 7, whenever you see that dawning suspicion that Santa may not be a material being, that means the child is ready.”

“I take them out “for coffee” at the local wherever. We get a booth, order our drinks, and the following pronouncement is made:”

“‘You sure have grown an awful lot this year. Not only are you taller, but I can see that your heart has grown, too. [ Point out 2-3 examples of empathetic behavior, consideration of people’s feelings, good deeds etc, the kid has done in the past year]. In fact, your heart has grown so much that I think you are ready to become a Santa Claus’.”

“‘You probably have noticed that most of the Santas you see are people dressed up like him. Some of your friends might have even told you that there is no Santa. A lot of children think that, because they aren’t ready to BE a Santa yet, but YOU ARE.'”

“‘Tell me the best things about Santa. What does Santa get for all of his trouble? [lead the kid from “cookies” to the good feeling of having done something for someone else]. Well, now YOU are ready to do your first job as a Santa!””

“Make sure you maintain the proper conspiratorial tone.”

“We then have the child choose someone they know–a neighbor, usually. The child’s mission is to secretly, deviously, find out something that the person needs, and then provide it, wrap it, deliver it–and never reveal to the target where it came from. Being a Santa isn’t about getting credit, you see. It’s unselfish giving.”

“My oldest chose the ‘witch lady’ on the corner. She really was horrible–had a fence around the house and would never let the kids go in and get a stray ball or Frisbee. She’d yell at them to play quieter, etc–a real pill. He noticed when we drove to school that she came out every morning to get her paper in bare feet, so he decided she needed slippers. So then he had to go spy and decide how big her feet were. He hid in the bushes one Saturday, and decided she was a medium. We went to Kmart and bought warm slippers. He wrapped them up, and tagged it ‘merry Christmas from Santa.’ After dinner one evening, he slipped down to her house, and slid the package under her driveway gate. The next morning, we watched her waddle out to get the paper, pick up the present, and go inside. My son was all excited, and couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. The next morning, as we drove off, there she was, out getting her paper–wearing the slippers. He was ecstatic. I had to remind him that NO ONE could ever know what he did, or he wouldn’t be a Santa.”

“Over the years, he chose a good number of targets, always coming up with a unique present just for them. One year, he polished up his bike, put a new seat on it, and gave it to one of our friend’s daughters. These people were and are very poor. We did ask the dad if it was ok. The look on her face, when she saw the bike on the patio with a big bow on it, was almost as good as the look on my son’s face.”

“When it came time for Son #2 to join the ranks, my oldest came along, and helped with the induction speech. They are both excellent gifters, by the way, and never felt that they had been lied to–because they were let in on the Secret of Being a Santa.”

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21 Perfect Gifts For The Whiskey Drinker In Your Life

As the temperature continues to drop this winter, why not keep warm with America’s greatest beverage — whiskey?

This holiday season, avoid discussing politics or getting trampled in Black Friday stampedes for Apple products… Go with the classic gifts that any whiskey drinker will love. 

Needing some inspiration? Behold:

  1. Whiskey-Infused Coffee

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    Why not combine your two favorite things?

  2. Helpful Socks

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    Who wouldn’t want socks that can verbalize what we struggle to say out loud?

  3. A Mini Whiskey Making Kit

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    If you want something done right, do it yourself. Surely, this applies to alcohol?

  4. Irish Whiskey Barrel Wooden Cufflinks

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    Wear your heart (and your interests) on your sleeve.

  5. Whiskey-Scented Candles

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    Your kitchen never smelled better (or more like a bar).

  6. Whiskey Stones

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    Real whiskey drinkers skip don’t do ice cubes.

  7. Whiskey Candy

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    Just keep them away from the kids.

  8. Scotch Lip Balm

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    Soothing and… hydrating?

  9. Whiskey-Flavored Toothpicks

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    If you’re going to indulge in the disgusting habit of tooth-picking, might as well make it taste good. 

  10. Fireball LED Bar Lamps

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    The ultimate college throwback.

  11. A Whiskey Advent Calendar

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    What better way to ring in the Christmas season?

  12. Bourbon Marshmallows

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  13. Whiskey Aftershave

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    So you can smell delicious (and drunk) all day. 

  14. Whiskey Perfume

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    Because whiskey scent is not reserved for men. 

  15. A Whiskey Necklace

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    For chemistry nerds and people with drinking problems.

  16. Barrel Stave Whiskey Flights

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    For all kinds of family fun over the holidays.

  17. A Jack Daniel’s Nightlight

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    Whiskey does help you sleep at night, so it seems like appropriate night light material. 

  18. A Whiskey Barrel Coffee Table

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    …If you’re looking to shell out some serious cash this holiday season.

  19. The Book Of “101 Whiskies To Try Before You Die”

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    We all need life goals. 

  20. An Honest Sign

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    You know it’s true.

  21. A Political Tote

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    It’s important for your family to know where you stand this holiday season. Avoid conflict this way!

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Someone Created A 23-Foot Tall Godzilla Out Of Straw As The Perfect Autumn Ornament

Most people celebrate Fall with pumpkin spice lattes, jackets, and haunted hay rides.

But all that seems like chump-level lameness to the highest degree when you see what this Japanese dude made out of nothing but straw.

I’m talking a 23-foot tall mother-flippin’ Godzilla, baby.

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It was built to celebrate the fall harvest and looks absolutely, positively, freaking awesome.

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Because if you’re going to celebrate the arrival of pumpkins and squash and whatever the hell else you reap in Autumn, you better do it right.

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And it doesn’t get any more right than building a huge straw monument to the king of the monsters himself.

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Now I know what you’re thinking: you want to attach a gas line to his mouth and light it so Strawzilla appears to be breathing fire.

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All that fire near highly flammable straw is a bad idea…but thanks to the magic of electricity…

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This celebratory fall monster monument can look even more terrifyingly awesome at night.

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Why does Japan get all of the cool stuff?

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Woman Has Perfect Response After Boyfriend Cancels A Booty Call

Preparing for a date can take hours. There’s a lot of shaving and exfoliation that needs to be done. So when someone suddenly cancels on you, it seems like a lot of wasted time.

Imgur user  recently shared the text conversation she had with her boyfriend when he cancelled plans with her. It’s pretty damn hilarious. 

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We give them two more weeks, tops. That face did seem to remind one commenter of someone, though…

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