#TBT: Famous Moments On the Wrong Side of History

One day we will laugh at the freak out over marriage equality. After all, the zipper frightened people to death at one time, too. Here are some historic lows of paranoid impediments to progress.

BY Christopher Harrity

July 31 2014 3:00 AM ET

Above left: Perry Smith, one of the two main subjects of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood and long rumored to have been Capote's lover. Above right: Tattoo of Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in the film version of Breakfast at Tiffany's by E-Nigma Design

Truman Capote's Tattoo Tirade
“There's something really the matter with most people who wear tattoos. There's at least some terrible story. I know from experience that there's always something terribly flawed about people who are tattooed, above some little something that Johnny had done in the Navy, even though that's a bad sign...It's terrible. Psychologically it's crazy. Most people who are tattooed, it's the sign of some feeling of inferiority, they're trying to establish some macho identification for themselves.” — Truman Capote

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