You know your Party is in trouble when people ask "Did the rape guy win?" and you have to ask, "Which one?"
being labeled a homophobic bigot by Andrew Sullivan, Anderson Cooper, and others in the Gay Department of Justice.
a TMZ videographer ambushed me as I was putting my family in a car, and I chased him down the block and said, “Cocksucking motherfucker” or whatever (when I have some volatile interaction with these people, I don’t pull out a pen and take notes on what I said)
I ended up attacking a reporter who wrote in the Daily Mail online that my wife was tweeting from Jimmy’s funeral. [...] In my rage, however, I called him a “toxic little queen,” and, thus, Anderson Cooper, the self-appointed Jack Valenti of gay media culture, suggested I should be “vilified"
In the recent video, you see me completely riled up and going after this guy and you hear me saying “cocksucker” and then some bisyllabic word that sounds like “faggot”—but wasn’t. Still, it doesn’t matter. glaad comes after me and Anderson Cooper comes after me and Andrew Sullivan comes after me, all maintaining that I’m a hateful homophobe. All based on what Harvey Levin told them.
It’s good-bye to public life in the way that you try to communicate with an audience playfully like we’re friends, beyond the work you are actually paid for.
It was all news to me about a year ago and I'm still a bit confused about why
And being an "equal opportunity offender"—as in, "It's okay, because Daniel Tosh makes fun of ALL people: women, men, AIDS victims, dead babies, gay guys, blah blah blah"—falls apart when you remember (as so many of us are forced to all the time) that all people are not in equal positions of power. "Oh, don't worry—I punch everyone in the face! People, baby ducks, a lion, this Easter Island statue, the ocean…" Okay, well that baby duck is dead now. And you're a duck-murderer.
If you Google "Alec Baldwin" and "homophobe" you'll get hundreds of thousands of results, all coming from a few outbursts the actor had when interacting with paparazzi, and a Daily Mail journalist. Headlines have ranged from the inquisitive ("Alec Baldwin: Homophobe Or Just A Really Angry Guy?") to the declarative ("Yes, Alec Baldwin Is A Homophobic Bigot"), and his question is a valid one: do the people writing these pieces sincerely believe Baldwin hates gays? We asked around "our realm," and the responses are below.
I hope that Alec Baldwin as a human being really isn’t a homophobe in the depth of his heart and soul. He may well not be or may try not to be. Friends speak well of him. We all harbor prejudices; we’re all human; of all people, I know what it’s like to get angry and say or write stupid things. People are complicated. They can be bigots in one context and the opposite in another. I’m a sinner as well.
The reason I cannot let this go is the precedent it sets. Baldwin is not just an actor; he hosts a political show on MSNBC. He behaves as a political actor with his support of various causes, all of them noble. He has set himself up as a pro-gay progressive. If we concede the point that because you are somehow formally pro-gay, it doesn’t matter if you hurl murderous homophobic threats against people in public, then we have sold our soul.
I’m not talking about poorly written sentences – like Richard Cohen’s. I’m not gleaning subtle tropes in someone’s prose that might lead to suspicions of bigotry. I’m talking about the crudest of anti-gay epithets yelled in public repeatedly, combined in most cases with a threat of violence. If we excuse even that for the greater cause, then it seems to me we have nothing but cynicism left. And that level of cynicism is deeply corrosive of a civil rights movement.
If I'm someone who did what Baldwin did, I say, "I am terribly sorry for using such hateful language, and I am going to try very hard not to do it again." And then I shut up for a while
You know what? I think this is kinda bullshit.
"RuPaul is noted among drag queens for his indifference towards the gender-specific pronouns used to address him—both 'he' and 'she' have been deemed acceptable, as he has said: 'You can call me he. You can call me she. You can call me Regis and Kathie Lee; I don't care! Just as long as you call me.'"
I don't know if RuPaul is right or wrong about response to terminology being an overreaction.
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