Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Not Good Enough

Republican Carl Paladino tried to apologize to the gay and lesbian community for his statements earlier this week.

Yesterday I was handed a script. I redacted some contents that were unacceptable. I did also say some things for which I should have chosen better words. I said other things that the press misinterpreted and misstated. I sincerely apologize for any comment that may have offended the Gay and Lesbian Community or their family members. Any reference to branding an entire community based on a small representation of them is wrong.

For starters, reading something off a script written by others and recited cold doesn’t enhance the image of man who is supposed to be someone who speaks his own mind. Blaming it on someone else doesn’t exactly reinforce the image of the plain-spoken independent guy, especially one who gets applause for telling the Attorney General of the United States, “Fuck him.” And even if you were reading a script that was handed to you and the words were chosen for you, you said them. The press didn’t misinterpret or misstate them. We have the video tape.

Mr. Paladino may be sincere in his apology, but he can’t qualify it by saying that he “may have offended” the gay and lesbian community. Does that mean there’s no apology if they weren’t? Sorry, it doesn’t work that way.

Finally, Mr. Paladino lists all the ways he’s such a great friend to the gay community, including sharing the same stand on same-sex marriage as “President Barrack Obama.” While the president may not be the “fierce advocate” for gay rights as he says he was, at least he doesn’t go on the Today show and reduce the entire community to a Speedo-wearing cultural stereotype. And if you’re going to take the same side as the president, the least you can do is spell his name right.

Try again.