Fagbug

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FagbugErin Davies was attending an event in support of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans-gender rights when she walked back to her car and discovered her Volkswagen Beetle had been vandalized - someone had spray painted FAG across one side and U R GAY on the other.

Davies was shocked and angered, but rather than simply have her car repainted, she chose to use the event to raise public awareness of hate crimes against the LGBT community. Davies mapped out a road trip visiting 58 cities across the United States, some with supportive LGBT communities and others in locations where anti-gay hate crimes had occurred in the past.

Davies brought along a small camera crew to document the reactions to her defaced automobile, and Fagbug is a documentary that charts the progress of Davies' trip across the country, as well as recording how people responded, both positively and negatively, to the provocative statement presented by her car. Fagbug was an official selection at the 2009 San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival.

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83 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Guest

    Oz...if you are dying, i am a great caretaker!
    I thought you'd at least watch this one!
    You wizzard!
    az

  2. Guest

    a little story...in the spring of 2006 i met with Andre Viger (the olympian) in a Montreal restaurant to show him a project i had about Africa. He knew he was dying and was looking for a cause to support financially after death with the money from his life insurance which had many zeros. After realizing he was not interested in my project, i changed my offer.
    I told him: Is there a place in the world where you haven't been and you would like to go before you die, a place in need. I added; i'll take you and whoever else needs to accompany you for help and you can distribute your money "eyes in eyes,hands in hands" to the poor. I saw a little brillance in his eyes for a fleating moment, he died at the end of that year. It would have been quite the trip.
    I wrote to Pysmythe that if he was to leave i would have a hundred reasons why he should stay, that stands for you too Oz, a hundred requires that i go in all directions.
    My earlier comment reminded me of Andre.
    az
    edited (bad frenchglish)

  3. Evelyn Owen

    37:45

    that poor kid was raised ignorant and religious. doesn't stand a chance.

  4. Achems_Razor

    Do you figure that Oz is dying? I found as a general rule when some people say they are leaving the gang on TDF they do. But Oz did not let anybody know. Strange.

  5. Yasuhiro Usuba

    These anti gay people will be sorted and left with the other racist idiots. They have no place on Earth whatsoever!

  6. knowledgeizpower

    Okay what boggled me was that someone scrapped the word off her window and she actually sprayed it back on????

    edit:okay finally finished the movie it kept pausing on me..whoever did this to her car helped her out big time..I wonder if they ever caught the person who initially did this.

  7. Dan_sir

    maybe its just the car.
    check out the new vw beetle. its bad ass. much nicer lines, hopefully they make it and its not a concept car. not a big beetle fan but its sharp

  8. Guest

    He could be dying or dying to be back.
    May be he just got tired of repeating himself, or he is back with a different name, different wording, different approach.
    Not quite sure why i thought of writing this....
    az

  9. Guest

    @ Az

    The new user @Astrobeard reminds me of him a little. There's something similar about their styles, although Astrobeard is more...sedate. I started to mention it to you earlier tonight, to see if you got the same impression. (If you want to check it out, you can find his only two posts on pages 10 and 11 of the "Why I Am No Longer a Christian" doc. Pay especial attention to the 1st, longer post, and see if it doesn't seem a lot like watered-down Oz to you.)

  10. His Forever

    I thought that myself. Let's hope not. I just don't have "closure" here. I'm going with the utterly bi-polar and "depressed" phase theory myself.

  11. Guest

    @py
    I read the long comment and i agree there are similar ideas OZ would have. ApostleJack would have tickled him with his religious claims. And 12 likes....
    az

  12. DocLover247

    WOW....EXCELLENT Doc !!

    BIG TIME props to Erin Davies and VW

    Amazing the real stamina it took to endure that trip..esp when her relationship was on the rocks, and to not give up...at all costs to see the trip thru, as it was very important to her to finish what she started.

    Add to that...the set trip she embarked on...is not over...and lives on. Powerful Stuff

    You know.....in ANY other setting..
    The help Erin received along her journey...most of which came out of nowhere...
    Would be perceived as ..."God's good work"

    But God doesn't like Fag's right?
    Cause some people wrote some things down over TWO THOUSAND years ago..
    Compiled them together, re translated a few thousand times..
    AND the people who wrote these texts were about as educated about the Earth and science as a 5yo would be today.
    It's called MYTHOLOGY

    We used to drill holes in people's head when they had headaches.
    "to let the demon's out"...
    and this was just 400 years ago..imagine the comprehension 2,000 years ago!?!
    I bet I could hold fire to my arse...fart...and be considered Satan back then

    USE religion as a guide...not a holy grail
    funny..I remember something about...
    Do on to others...
    Love thy neighbor...
    and so on

  13. REWHBLCAIN

    Funny as hell

  14. Dave In Dayton

    She used her car to made a radical statement & someone used her car to respond. Personal issue ... keep it personal.

  15. Vilhelmo Weston

    What is radical about equal rights for all?

  16. Vilhelmo Weston

    Despite my dislike for racism, anti- LGBTism etc, I find it quite disturbing that you actually question the right of these people to live on this planet, just due to their disgusting beliefs. People should not be exterminate just for having despicable opinions.
    "Forgive them for they know not what they do."

  17. Winston Smith

    girl is smart & cute ! and she really embodied the old maxim:
    'when life gives you lemons make lemonade.'

  18. Rick Kiriakidis

    I like the idea of this movie, I like the fact she's willing to use this hate act to create awareness and provoke a dialogue, but her voice is so monotone and devoid of any sort of energy and passion I had to skip over the parts she just comments because she was putting me to sleep. Good idea, boring as hell as far as pure documentary value.

  19. Winston Smith

    How difficult it is to find in our world.

    I think he meant the mode of conveying it.
    Turning stupidity into wisdom is no mean feat. It took confidence and intelligence, most of us would be embarrassed or ashamed.. she is an inspiration.

  20. KsDevil

    I like the new paint job. It seems to work extremely well on a VW Bug. But, then, they have represented "fun" for many decades. Hopefully it will end up in some museum before it gets too old or damaged.
    However, the socio-political aspects of the trip really only affected the people along the way...actually and virtually. It will take more than a roaming poster to evolve society...not that it didn't do some small part. But this oppressed society has a much longer trip ahead before it's primtive beliefs are eradicated.

  21. Beerwulf

    What if she was inane and ugly? Or better yet, what if she was a he and he was inane and ugly, would you feel the same love?

    *doubts it

    Personally I'm on the fence, I could care less about her sexual preference, there are more important things in the world that need attention.

  22. Guest

    @ Oz
    Just saw this, 11 hours after posting...

    It's a relief to know you're alright! Between one thing and another, I was a little worried - still am a bit, to be honest, but I think I understand your need to get away. I've gotten a little addicted, myself...

    Good luck and happiness to you, my friend. It has been a real pleasure, to say the least. I wish I could (selfishly) ask you to pop in from time to time, but I won't put that on you. You do what's best for you. And if you ever do decide you can come back, there'll be a lot of us here with open arms.

    [ great video... :) and :( ]

  23. Guest

    Dear Oz
    Very Uman of you! A big U contains so much more, a cup of SMARTies in your case, how could you not want to share?

    Many times in my life i have come to question myself deeply, my solution has always been to hit the road to a country i had never been as if it would create an other life of me. Rebirthing as an other dot on earth. It always did the trick.
    My sister tried to take her life while i was living in Belgium many years ago. She came to visit a few weeks after coming out of the hospital. The day after she arrived at my house, we packed and left for a trip with no itinerary, just the goal to talk a lot. I hammered in her head YOU ARE NUMBER 1, the rest of the numbers depends on you standing up for being your start line. The best time we ever had together in 53 years.
    She is still alive and well, although i know she has always been vulnerable.

    I knew you had written because the numbers were back at 923 this morning!
    Take care and care to take, for life is generous.
    The world inside of us is so so much bigger that the world we stand on.
    family you say, addicted you say ...see my numbers! LOL
    az

  24. Achems_Razor

    Ah, there you are. As one man to another, don't f**king fre@k us out like that again, we all thought you kicked the bucket!

    You even had Vlatko thinking it was his fault you took off without even an adios amigos.

    Well, if you have to go, it is your prerogative, wish you the best, but I know you will miss all the fun on TDF.

  25. Guest

    Who is Brian, anyone?
    az

  26. Achems_Razor

    @Azilda:

    Thats Oz for you, I mentioned the fact that at one time I was reading the scientist, Brian Greene's book, "the hidden reality" and he was doing his insinuations about Brian Greene, of what I have no idea about.

  27. Guest

    Oz liked to tease you, Oz liked you just like many do....do be do.
    az

  28. Achems_Razor

    @Azilda:

    Ah, you like me now do you? At one time you did not want to speak to me Eh?

    Just joking, I like you to.

  29. Guest

    @Achems
    I like you, like i like to look at a young elk in the wild.
    az

  30. Achems_Razor

    "I bet i could hold fire to my arse...fart...and be considered Satan back then"? they would consider you Satan today! (LOL)

  31. bbga

    Wow great documentary. 99% of the negative response was from the gay community?!! Shame on our community!

  32. Guest

    This one would have Oz roll with delight specially coming from doc lovers!
    az

  33. Guest

    I agree with the weirdness of repainting it, at least she was honest although she had no choice being in open view!
    She had a plan....i must say a good one too...look what we are doing....watching (although i couldn't get to the end, got bored).
    az

  34. Guest

    Although i give a thumb up, i don't on: " I will therefore be moving on, even if not to better things.
    I say stay and better things.
    az

  35. Guest

    you like me to what?
    lol
    az

  36. knowledgeizpower

    Lol.. yeah it did get a little slow half way through the movie...

  37. Guest

    A better job could very well be, to work for free, bettering things.
    It would require that when you sit at your computer, you better things, when you walk in the street, you better things, when you wait in ligne, you better things, when you deal with family and friends, you better things. And then, you start seeing that by bettering things all over the place, you have got yourself a full time job!
    Welcome, you're hired!
    az

  38. You Do Not See Me

    What a great brave thing she is doing...... Very happy for her Standing up to ignorance ...

  39. Abamovich

    Excellent doco, very inspirational.

  40. Brock Gorton

    Not bad, but why is there a desire by so many homosexuals to be so "in your face" with their lifestyle, it gets old.

  41. Dani Neumann

    so wonderful you are using a bad experience and turning it in to a messege of love instead of hate. Anyone who stands up against hate and intollerance is a hero in my eyes and brings hope to the world xxxx

  42. His Forever

    Thank you, Oz for posting. I have a sense of "closure" now, as odd as that sounds. I understand the sense of not being able to moderate properly. I'm working on that too. Wish you'd stay as well.

    As always,

    Peacefully yours,

    Charles B.

  43. WTC7

    Oz, you are simply a great guy...

  44. kaw1216

    maybe because so many Homo-Phobic people are so "In Your Face" about Hating them so much. all she did was turn a negative situation into a positive one. (not arguing or anything.. just saying)

  45. Edward Richtofen

    she said it right at the begining...people should be confronted by it...by driving around with it shows her wisdom and reveals the ignorance of authority. your a cool chick.

  46. Edward Richtofen

    have a look around the area where your car was sprayed. The id*ot may have tagged other cars or structure. Better yet the i*iot may have sprayed his tag somewhere close by. match the paint.

  47. Liebewitz

    'who gives a xxxx what this self absorbed y generation does in private. Instead of 'gassing'' around the country'-she ought to 'think ' about the bigger issue.----yes the e word---environment-
    the p word the planet -
    and the C word----

    eh --that'll be the climate

    Incidentally why did this self obsessed 'person' introduce her similarly camera luvee cory-3 mintes in????. Could it possibly be ' Hey I'm so cool looking(wrong)---I have a model male friend' (yuck )

    These foetal descendants of a previously lost generation
    -ouught to be thankful for generations who did not live long enough to be so-'shallow

    ---through war-famine-or just being shot-or maimed for helping OTHERS

    gROW UP w x y generation---now zzzzzz gen!!

    ps---any intolerant replies-from avowed tolerant people-will not be tolerated

    10 minutes-lost here!

  48. Liebewitz

    typical case -id and ego-not tempered with superego----or just plain ol dopamine --in the lymbic system -flooding the frontal lobes.

    That's been charitable-as most zzzzzz gen here are ancephalous.

    In case you miss the point --I'm not anti g. I don't condone violence against people , defamation or ruining paintwork.

    Please----- see the big picture!.

    Be concerned ---on let's say........your government!

  49. Liebewitz

    gee whiz---it's a car ad!. Who would have thought?. I see she -is all-over the net by now--and has her facebook of course.

    Silly world!

  50. iesika

    Because the alternative is invisibility, that that didn't work out very well for us.

  51. 0zyxcba1

    Thanks, everybody!

    0z

    P.S.
    @ az, I am not "dead"... yet. (lol)

  52. Guest

    @Py
    see you even got the dead to awaken!
    love it....love it!
    az

  53. Ando Fiks

    These people who say its a lifestyle and should be kept in silence are just so sad. These people are way ahead with theyr de-evolution, brains are just an empty mass with some room for ignorance in it. People are people , common sence will win.

  54. Susan Weatherby

    I'm about to watch this video. But even before clicking on the arrow, I notice the suggestions for "possibly similar documentaries to "Fagbug". It includes a video on porn, one on adultery and one on big breasts. PEOPLE! I am a gay woman. This does not mean that everything about me is sexual! C'mon! I thought the time when I had to tell people that my orientation does not equate porn was OVER! Get on the train TDF! This is 2011 for pity's sake!

  55. Yusiley S

    I like how people view the VW Beetle as a symbol of love, life, hope, peace and freedom, yet it was drawn out and created by the most ignorant, hateful, warmonger of history, Adolf Hitler. ^_^ It was a car originally made for bigot, homophobic, arrogant racists. What a way to turn it it all the way around and use it as a symbol to oppose those beliefs. Thank you for posting this video out.

  56. Yusiley S

    I agree with every bit of word you typed. You could blame the patriarchal bs society for our struggle on this matter. I have it just as bad... at times worse, because I'm bi-sexual and believe in having multiple partners. It's not sexual. Sometimes one receives more companionship from one partner than the other and vis-a-vis. Why should I or my partner demand so much from a single partner? Why should I or my partner sacrifice and struggle so much?

  57. Guest

    I see that being typed with pixel dots.
    Welcome back, take a seat, join the" tornado"!
    az

  58. 0zyxcba1

    Thanks, Azilda!

    0z

  59. Guest

    I give a like to all the like you posted!
    also...the administration is on both side of you in Most Active Member....run run run
    az

  60. Stiev Stigma

    The cause kept me watching all the way through, but huge chunks of it were fairly self-indulgent. While the event may have raised awareness, the documentary itself preaches to the choir. Out of 500 interviews, it would have been nice to see equal time for dissenters. That's what makes for a good documentary, objectively portraying both sides and letting the viewer decide. Although, the social experiment began out as biased. However, that being the case, I think the message could have been presented more poignantly by illustrating the severity of the cultural divide in this country.

    That being said, I can't help but admire the courage and tenacity of this naive young girl. Should she continue this medium of mass education, I only hope that she learns to better engage other people of differing view points.

  61. joy das

    i knd off agree with u the thing is our category is put under sexuality...and the other stuff are also under it i believe our issue should be under a category called social cause ...rather than sexuality..

  62. david

    god , this girls head is so far up her own ass. its all about her and her wimpy ego. cant believe anyone bought this piece of crap documentary

  63. david

    pretentious

  64. Liebewitz

    david wrote, in response

    pretentious ponce
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    possible -as my current woman can testify.

    but not always

    Not sure which post-as I have moved on

    I'll descend for a sec-to your level?

    Go FY-if you can with your one inch d***-and then wear your mother's underwear-while she is out working the streets-hoping to find the cretin who sired you!

    Got to go-I have current woman to please for another hour!

  65. rednoise

    What a weird thing to do? writting fag and stuff on someone's car..I just can't imagine myself feeling so passionately hateful to a stranger, ignorance obviously the anwser. Great that she's spreading the story, bringing light to hate crimes

  66. Carl Frodge

    When they talked about Ryan it really made me feel scared. I dunno why. I've heard about people being killed for their lifestyle a hundred times, but for some reason this time it really got to me. I guess I started thinking that "Oh my god, that could happen to me..."

  67. makincookies

    For those who disliked her, PLS state how you would deal with a challenging situation like this. Could YOU do a better documentary and put yourself out there ? If you could, then do it. Take your biggest insecurities and write it on your car and see if anyone cares to support you. Its obvious that you are part of the problem by promoting your dislike for others and cannot see how fragile life and peace are. If you can take one thing from this documentary, then take the fact that we still have to work hard at promoting change and work on making this a positive world each and every day. This could happen to you....

  68. Mistymoo

    Really bad that homophobia still reigns in this day and age. Personally I think there are better things these vandals could be doing with their time and energy.

  69. Tigerspuds

    How many oil changes does that car need? lol

  70. davobaby

    tripe:
    1.
    the first and second divisions of the stomach of a ruminant, especially oxen, sheep, or goats, used as food.

    2.
    something, especially speech or writing, that is false or worthless; rubbish.

    3.
    Fagbug

  71. bythesideofwriting

    I want that car :3

  72. madscirat

    Somewhere some inbred hick child spray painted FAG on a lesbian's car. Instantly the inbred hick child's actions become representative of the entire society's perception of gays rather than the perceptions of inbred hick children.

    Once all of society smartens up, including backward rednecks, gays will be forced to genetically engineer stupid people in order to maintain their inflated victim complex.

  73. Brenna MacDonald

    By "inflated victim complex" are you referring to being upset when people regularly shame, bully, physically and verbally harass, create laws inhibiting your basic rights, and (in several countries) legalize your execution? I dont call being upset about blatant oppression an inflated victim complex. I call it the way you show a need for social change. You act as if the LGBT community isnt a legitimate victim of prejudice, and that is simply ridiculous.

  74. Nicola-Jane Wiseman

    Don't believe that homophobia exists. The word implies fear and that is wrong. These types are not fearful of the LGTBQ community - they are just ignorant assholes.

  75. Scott Thompson

    your choice, your life, shut up. when heterosexuals choose to air their preferences and beliefs we are bigots. you want equality? Then have the maturity, grace and common sense to keep it in the bedroom and off the streets!

  76. justnic

    I don't believe in god, jesus or any of that, so using the quote "forgive them for they know not what they do" means nothing to me. Furthermore, they DO know what they do, and that's exactly why it's a problem. We need to realize and face this,

  77. Ron Hebshie

    You should follow your own advice and shut up. You clearly have so little of worth to say.

  78. Ron Hebshie

    1.
    Pot calling the kettle black.
    2.
    Your comment.

  79. Guest

    Really? Why don't you and all the other heterosexuals keep your stuff in the bedroom? Everywhere I turn, the female body is used as a means of attracting male audiences. You're allowed to have both your wives and your porno magazines, but we can't simply be proud of who we are. Boys are raised to objectify the female body and they receive praise for each of their sexual conquests. However, if a man turns out gay, he's sick. Let me tell you and every other fascist jerk in my lovely country: Feel free to disagree with my community, because I wholeheartedly disagree with the hypocrisy of yours. Until you all learn to act the way you tell us to act, you can bite my queer @$$.
    Sincerely,
    A Fed Up American

  80. Laura Vanderwoude

    The haters started it with vandalism.

  81. Richard Neva

    She is violating NY state law by using her cell phone while she drives, not a very good example for the cause she champions!

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