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CEO fired after video shows him shaming LGBTQ teen for wearing dress to prom

CEO fired after video shows him shaming LGBTQ teen for wearing dress to prom

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For all of its many flaws, America is slowly, often painfully, moving towards becoming a more equitable, accepting society. With the exception of those who run in hardcore reactionary circles, Americans are becoming more comfortable with different lifestyles, gender expressions, and diversity in general. Children growing up now are freer than at any point in our country’s history to be who they are and to live their lives the way they want.

Bigots who once wielded their hatred in the open with impunity are finding that there can sometimes be serious consequences to their actions. Such is the case of Sam Johnson, a man who has been fired from his position as the CEO of telehealth company VisuWell after a video of him seemingly harassing an 18-year-old boy for wearing a dress to prom exploded across the internet.

The boy in question, Dalton Stevens, was allegedly approached by Johnson at a hotel gathering before the prom. Johnson is said to have then proceeded to berate him for his choice in clothing. Heavy spoke to Stevens’s boyfriend Jacob Geittmann who originally shared the now-viral video on TikTok and Twitter. According to him, Steven chose the dress ‘to kind of break the stigma around men wearing dresses. He looked gorgeous, everybody loved it and nobody had a problem with it.'”

“We went to this hotel close to where we live and we got a lot of good photos and we were there for about an hour and right as we were about to leave we standing outside in this little middle area with a bunch of buildings surrounding us. This man comes up and he’s about an inch away from my boyfriend and he says, ‘What are you wearing?’ And he’s like, ‘A dress, why?’ And he’s like, ‘Why are you wearing that? You shouldn’t be wearing that,” explained Geitmann.

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Stevens told Johnson that he was wearing the dress because “I can and I want to.” Johnson then allegedly began unloading verbal abuse on him, telling him that he looked “disgusting,” “ridiculous” and “like an idiot.” Johnson in turn claimed to Newsweek that the video was “edited” to make it seem like the confrontation was about the dress.

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Johnson told Newsweek he did not harass Stevens and that he was actually trying to address “obnoxious, loud behavior by this group of teens.” “I have no ill will towards anyone or their personal choices, so long as it does not harm me or my family,” insisted Johnson. His former company clearly did not agree with his characterization of the event.

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