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Rampage Jackson could be a homophobe

I know this will come as a shock to you but MMA fighter/professional ass-kicker Quinton “Rampage” Jackson takes exception when you call him gay. Jackson also thinks acting is kind of gay.

The LA Times did a story on Jackson since he’s in this summer’s A-Team movie. They talk about a gay slur incident, how Rampage is the perfect Mr. T and how UFC president Dana White was pissed when he ditched a fight with Rashad Evans in Rampage’s hometown of Memphis to star in the film. Rampage, of course, finally fought Evans last weekend and lost. Here’s an excerpt. Read the rest here.

Pride of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and a former light-heavyweight champ (he was scheduled to fight May 29 for the title in Las Vegas) — a guy whose day job consists of beating the toughest men in the world into either submission or unconsciousness — Jackson stood in the middle of his trailer spewing invective with a glint of real menace in his eye.

At issue: a movie crew member had wandered in on this final day of principal photography and — whether jokingly or not — called the muscle-bound movie star a homophobic epithet. Jackson had responded with barely contained fury. He threw the guy out, shouting him down with every conceivable gay slur. “You’re a punk!” Jackson finally bellowed.

He claimed the crew member’s intent had been to provoke a physical assault. “That … wanted me to punch him so he could sue me,” the professional body-slammer explained, using a certain 12-letter curse word that he lets fly often in conversation — a word that has no business appearing in a family newspaper and, for the sake of this article, will here on out be substituted with “individual.”

But the outburst seemed to also prompt Jackson, 31, to wrestle with other issues: his experiences in Western Canada, his choice to take time out of the octagon (as the UFC’s fighting ring is known) and how his stardom in “The A-Team,” Fox studios’ tent-pole adaptation of the ’80s action-comedy series that’s due in theaters June 11, might affect his fighting career.

“Acting is kind of gay,” Jackson said. “It makes you soft. You got all these people combing your hair and putting a coat over your shoulders when you’re cold. I don’t want a coat over my shoulders! I’m a tough-ass [individual]!

“Vancouver strikes me as a San Francisco-kind of place,” he continued. “And I don’t want [individuals] getting ideas about me. I feel in my heart I’m the toughest [individual] on the planet. And I don’t want nothing changing my train of thought. If you don’t believe that when we step inside the octagon, it shows.”

I can see how Rampage would be uncomfortable being called gay. According to him, he’s a hard ass mother fucker. In my experience, people who think of themselves in that way don’t even like to be jokingly called gay. I don’t know what the crew member was thinking. Rampage punches people for a living. He punches them hard. That guy is lucky half his face didn’t go missing after Rampage’s fist went through it.

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