By now you may have heard about Leslie Jordan throwing sweet tea into a belligerent bigot’s face. Just in case, here’s the scoop.
On Wednesday, July 29th, there were three men waltzed into Starbucks and started using anti-gay slurs fairly loudly and obnoxiously. The men started yelling words like “faggots” prompting patrons and the Starbucks manager to address their rude behavior. The manager asked the men to leave, and as they were exiting the door, one of the men yelled, “You will die f-ing faggots”.
The whole store was shaken up, but none as much as Leslie Jordan. Can you imagine Leslie Jordan, this sweet Southern man, getting so upset as to chase after these men? This is the guy who appeared on Will & Grace, Star Trek: Voyager, Reba, Caroline in the City…the list goes on.
Well, apparently he was so riled up that he followed the men outside of the shop on Santa Monica Boulevard, and when one of the men lunged at him, Leslie Jordan threw ice tea in his face.
If I were Leslie Jordan, I probably would have thrown the tea at those insensitive jerks long before one of them lunged at me. And considering that the guy was showing extremely aggressive behavior, throwing the ice tea seems perfectly logical. Hell, if a guy was going to attack me, it would have been worse than ice tea. Hopefully the sweet beverage cooled that guy off a bit.
But the story doesn’t stop there. Last Friday, Leslie Jordan posted this on his Facebook.
I was hoping to remain silent on the incident at Starbucks but somehow the story found legs and has made its way into the press. I feel I owe my friends an explanation: Truth be told it was “sweet” iced tea, not coffee. I am a “sweet” mannered Southern boy who was taught not to start a fight. Nobody ever told me I could not end one. I refused to sit and watch these hate crimes continue. I guess our work for equality is not done yet! I’m being hailed a hero which is all well and good but I lost my temper. My heroes in life always kept their cool.
How can anyone not love this man? He is so sweet for apologizing! You just don’t get that kind of courtesy anymore–well unless you’re in the South. I know that he doesn’t consider himself a hero, but I think his humility in this instance brings his hero status up a notch. While, I know that he is not one to take out his revenge on anyone, at least it was sweet!