GLAAD is just one of those organizations like PETA that you can’t help but feel sorry for. Their stars are waning; their time has passed. PETA can only grab a headline if they cough up enough money for some D-lister to disrobe for a photoshoot, and GLAAD can’t accomplish much beyond the occasional censorship potshot in Hollywood. It’s odd that we’ve been highlighting the political divide between Clint Howard and his brother, Ron, for the past week or so, as it’s Ron, the orthodox progressive, who’s catching heat from GLAAD currently. Howard is the director of a new Vince Vaughn picture titled The Dilemma, and GLAAD has deemed it homophobic, offensive– all that stuff– because Vaughn’s character says “Electric cars are gay.”
The full-fledged ire of GLAAD, straight from the top of the organization, is laughable. President Jarrett Barrios says, “There has been a rash of bullying, some leading to suicides, much of it because of the widespread belief that it’s somehow OK to say things about gay people that it is not OK to say about other groups. Comments like those in the movie make it seem OK to beat up gay people.” So, electric cars are gay = it’s okay to commit violence against gay people. Check.
Make no mistake: it is an awful tragedy that Tyler Clementi killed himself because of the malicious, despicable humiliation he was subjected to. To equivocate that with a goofy putdown of electric cars (and GLAAD does not know the context of this line; sounds like something to establish early on in Vaughn’s character arc that he’s insensitive) is not only moronic but as hypocritical as Fred Phelps asking for some peace and quiet at a funeral. Why, you may say? One word: teabaggers.
This week, Anderson Cooper shilled for GLAAD (they do those yearly TV browbeating reports, so I guess he’s hoping to get off lightly) and brought out his crocodile tears about how this one word in the movie trailer was offensive. He and GLAAD must have forgotten how he helped bring an anti-homosexual pejorative into the mainstream of political discourse. Between the daily crude assaults that Hollywood celebrities spit at everyday Americans petitioning their government and the all-but-violent anti-gay epithets hurled continuously at Matt Drudge and Andrew Breitbart, GLAAD has not uttered a peep. Why? They couldn’t give a flaming pile of crap about consistency, because that would mean betraying the principle of Absolute Power that’s defined the Left since… well, always.
This isn’t a fight for justice or equality. A fight requires two active participants. A mugging is more like it, or a demented kid kicking stray dogs on the street. The last thing Ron Howard is going to do is respond to Jarrett Barrios and call him an idiotic coward. He and Universal, who are bankrolling the film, are going to tuck their tails and do exactly as they’re told. Barrios knows this, and he’s laughing all the way to the hit counter on his website.
Speaking of which, take a look over yonder to said website, and check out all the important things GLAAD is doing for the gay community. Do you see any mention of Adam Lambert? No? That’s weird, because his free speech is being curtailed to appease Islamic protesters in Malaysia, a country where homosexual sex can land you in prison for 20 years. You’d think that a statement like “Lambert is morally unfit. His gay lifestyle will harm our society. He is of bad, bad character and poses a danger to young Malaysians” from Nasrudin Hassan, a representatives of Malaysia’s Islamic Party, would merit more attention than “Electric cars are gay,” wouldn’t you? But you just believe that because you have a spine, and you’re able to tell the difference between an annoyance and danger, between oppression and irreverence, you heteronormative hatemonger, you.
It’s no surprise that GLAAD’s still wearing politically correct blinders to guide their selective outrage. In fact, it’s become so commonplace, it’s even easy to ignore, but we’re not gonna do that anymore. The Left relies on it. It’s time to hold this frivolous organization’s feet to the fire. So allow me to announce: Big Hollywood’s very own To-Do List for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation!
1. Speak out against censorship, accusations of moral degeneracy directed toward gay American pop star performing in Malaysia.
2. Pressure Iranian publications to profile gay couples in country to combat false statements from President, just like recent pressure for Essence.com to profile a lesbian married couple.
3. Upbraid Anderson Cooper, Rachel Maddow, David Shuster, Keith Olbermann, Janeane Garofalo,Roger Ebert, D.C. Douglas, Bill Maher, Carrie Fisher, Brad Friedman, Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin,Maxine Waters, John Kerry, The American Federation of Government Employees, National Public Radio, and President Obama for using “teabagger” as slur.
4. Investigate and publish names of individuals attempting to silence Andrew Breitbart by calling him gay while protesting at Right Nation 2010.
5. Make Marc Maron persona non grata for hateful bullying of recently outed Ken Mehlman.
And we’re just getting started here. Commenters?