Thursday, March 21, 2013

Joe The Plumber Mansplains Marriage Equality For You

Via Steve M, the former candidate for the House from Toledo tells us that teasing boys with gay slurs is a part of growing up and Becoming A Man.

While being gay has been around forever, (here I go) it’s not a normal thing for a man to look upon another man with lust in his eyes. Acceptance is one thing, but to label it as normal is where things begin to go south. A little background.

30 years ago we use to play a game called “smear the queer;” a game where whoever had the football got gang tackled. It was a normal. If you had the ball, you were the queer, because no one else had the ball, and having the ball made you odd or “queer” in that respect. Of course, you could throw the ball to another player and the pack would quickly turn to smear that queer, without regard to his or her sexuality, I might add. Queer, gay, homo, fag meant nothing having to do with what you were attracted to and no one committed suicide, got beat up or even called names in that regard. That was my experience.

Then, about ten years later, the media and the ever-tolerant Hollywood (not), began portraying homosexual (men) on television and film as the “Funny” one or the one you felt sorry for – just to get us used to the idea. C’mon – who didn’t laugh at Paul Lynde or Charles Nelson Reilly? And not until Ellen demanded her character come out of the closet (which she was summarily fired for) did gay characters litter the big and small screen alike, whether it was important or not. ( Just to go a little further with this point, Hollywood will put “gay” characters in tv show/movies that are not relevant to the plot. They try to portray this as “Normal” America. I can tell you right now, when I’m tossing the football with my son in front of the house, I have never seen 2 men hand in hand prancing down the street. You?)

In other words, hey, what’s wrong with bullying and marginalizing people who don’t act like “normal” people?  C’mon, butch it up!

Yeah, it’s not like Joe has issues or anything.

3 barks and woofs on “Joe The Plumber Mansplains Marriage Equality For You

  1. I somehow got on Joe the Plumber’s e-mail list. I haven’t yet taken myself off. I think it’s a sort of masochistic morbid curiosity about dysfunction and delusion. The problem is that these people vote.

  2. Another neighborhood where the house across the street needs to be painted rainbow is JTP’s.

  3. Then, about ten years later, the media and the ever-tolerant Hollywood (not), began portraying homosexual (men) on television and film as the “Funny” one or the one you felt sorry for – just to get us used to the idea. C’mon – who didn’t laugh at Paul Lynde or Charles Nelson Reilly?

    That’s right, JTP, laugh at. Because you sure as BLEEP weren’t laughing with them. And “just to get us used to the idea” related far more to TV and film producers than to the audiences: Hollywood – on the inside – is about as phobic about out gay people as you can get. And of course Hollywood had to do this, because it’s not as if you were going to run into any LGBT people in your own neighborhood, is it? After all, lesbians are all cops or mailcarriers, and queers are all waiters, skaters, actors, interior decorators and hairdressers, right?

    And not until Ellen demanded her character come out of the closet (which she was summarily fired for) did gay characters litter the big and small screen alike… Is it not obvious to you how this statement contradicts the one immediately before it? You don’t fire somebody if they’re helping you get your consumers used to them. Or is the idea that LTBGQ people can be real, serious people and not objects of ridicule so alien to you that you don’t get it?

    I can tell you right now, when I’m tossing the football with my son in front of the house, I have never seen 2 men hand in hand prancing down the street. I don’t know about the “prancing” part (don’t you have to be a centaur to pull that off?), but IIRC the last couple that did that in JTP’s world got the snot beaten out of them and their house set on fire, so it’s not especially likely anyone else is masochistic enough to tempt a repeat performance.

    /snark (maybe)

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