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article imageNebraska woman's homophobic rants goes viral – with a new twist

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By Yukio Strachan     May 12, 2012 in Lifestyle
"Crazy Christian Woman Anti-Gay Rant," is just one of the many titles of a video that's being called a hilarious but sad, homophobic rant of a woman testifying against a measure that would give extra protections to the LGBT community.
The footage has gone viral in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) blogosphere in the wake of this week's non-discrimination ordinance proposal hearings in Lincoln, Neb, the Huffington Post writes.
Huffington Post adds: Originally featured on Towleroad, the clip features a woman identified as Jane Skrovota, who offers a series of bizarre observations on gay sex, HIV/AIDS, Hillary Clinton and even Judas Iscariot as she denounces the "Fairness Ordinance," a measure that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the city’s non-discrimination law, in her testimony.
Towleroad reports that some of the reasons this woman objects include:
"A huge percent of gay men in school grounds molest boys, partly because they don't have AIDS yet," she said.
"Whitney Houston was found without clothes in a bathtub. Every corpse found without clothes has a partner who did away with them.
"Hillary Clinton's roommate four years in college was a gay woman. To avoid going gay like Clinton did, college students need single rooms and single gender dorms."
She proclaims, "Jesus was kissed by Judas, a homo, who tried to sabotage Jesus' kind ideas. Do you choose Jesus, a celibate, or Judas, a homo? You have to choose!"
As you might expect, this video is hot hot hot on Twitter and popular sites such as Huffington Post, MSNBC, Gawker and Reddit. The stories garnered more than 100,000 views.
The Huffington Post has more than 3,400 comments and counting.
On Huffington Post chykim1 says: "i would really like to talk to this woman...what times visiting hours at the mental asylum shes clearly escaped from?"
On YouTube TheBreezeHfx says: "this old bag is just angry with her own life because no man alive would want to be anywhere near that teeth ridden..."
"her "facts" are so skewed and make no sense. I would like to see this list of supposed PhDs who did this so called "study" to personally shake their hand and thank them for giving my life the enjoyment o meeting the dumbest people in the world."
Here's what they're saying on Twitter.
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The Lincoln Journal Star says her family has thought the same thing -- for her need to get psychiatric help.
Her brother, Patrick Svoboda of Ogallala said her family has tried to get her help multiple times, but unless she harms herself or others, there's not much more they can do.
Meet Jane Svoboda. She is a 52-year-old woman diagnosed with schizophrenia Svoboda lives at an assisted-living facility in Lincoln and is listed as a protected person, according to Journal Star. Her brother, Patrick Svoboda, is her conservator because she is incompetent, the documents say.
"To me, it shows how little society really cares about people with mental health issues," Patrick Svoboda told Journal Star. "She does have a very tender heart ... but anything she says is certifiably schizophrenic ... she's not some crazy conservative."
He was unaware of the video's popularity, but wasn't surprised -- he knew it would be a matter of time before she got in trouble somewhere.
He said he's disappointed the video garnered such attention and jokes without the whole story. Patrick filled Journal Star in with more details.
Part of the problem, the paper says, were that web sites "published the video and stories Friday with little context and Svoboda's name misspelled." Huffington Post took a notice to it, with the quote below, but that is all.
UPDATE: Several readers have emailed to tell us that the woman's correct name is Jane Svoboda, not Skrovota as numerous media outlets have reported.
It is possible that articles such as the one from Journal Star and now Digital Journal have yet to inform them.
Reflects on the general society
It wasn't the first time Svoboda has testified before the council. She also is a registered lobbyist at the Capitol.
She usually speaks twice a month during the council's open mic sessions, where citizens can talk for up to five minutes on any topic. The council sits patiently until she is done.
Svoboda has talked about Chinese "subliminals" that come through cellphones and other electronics, paradise on earth and family members being killed by doctors.
She once brought in a large stick figure that she said was her mother's ghost, but the council told her not to bring in props anymore.
She's also well-known on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus, where she's handed out thousands of fliers.
Students have dubbed her "Crazy Blue Protesting Lady" because of the blue coat she often wears. A Facebook page about her has nearly 3,000 members.
"I think this whole thing just reflects on the general society," Patrick Svoboda told JournalStar.
We want to hear from you! Do you agree that "this whole thing just reflects on the general society" in its view of mental illness? Let us know in the comments below!
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