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Ethical Issue 1 Running head: ETHICAL ISSUE IN THE MASS MEDIA PAPER Ethical Issue Matthew Aron University of Phoenix
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Ethical Issue 2 Ethical Issue Ethics are a tough subject to discuss, especially when it deals with certain cul- tures or ethnicities different from our own. A recent culture that has become more ac- climated into our society is that of homosexuals. As more people announce their affili- ation with this once underground group, they are also demanding equal rights. the eth- ics relating to this topic have many views. One such view is discussed in the article “Breaking the Silence Code on Homosexuality.” The ethical issue highlighted by the article, “Breaking the Silence Code on Homo- sexuality,” is the right of a society to reveal the sexuality of a public figure. The article fo- cuses on homosexual relationships because they are presently taboo; however, the im- plications are that “outing” a public figure’s sexuality has a positive affect on societal equality. “ OutWeek pointed out that the late-60’s social shift occurred only after the press began being honest about those subjects as they pertained to public figures” (Ro- tello, 1990). As a society is exposed to positive public accounts of homosexuality, they will become desensitized to the prejudice that has been taught in the past. Homosexual celebrities and public figures are seen as heros. “Despite the fact that thousands of so- ciety’s most famous, respected, and successful people are gay, gay kids grow up without that knowledge” (Rotello,1990). Gabriel Rotello suggests that more well-known people should be outed to increase awareness thus increasing equality towards homo- sexuals. When writing the article, “Breaking the Silence Code on Homosexuality,” author, Gabriel Rotello, had two conflicting choices when reporting: to protect the privacy of ho- mosexuals or to increase awareness, thereby increasing equality for homosexuals. As a
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Ethical Issue 3 gay man, it would have been my choice to argue that homosexuals have the right to pri- vacy. After all, when a person’s sexuality changes the way they are perceived, it is reas- onable that some would wish to keep it secret. Although many laws prohibit it, some so- cieties have unfair treatment towards gays. In April 1984, Roberts v. United States Jaycees, ruled that the government may not “[intrude] into a group’s internal affairs by forcing it to accept a member it does not desire” (2009). Later, this ruling was used in
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