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May 11, 2009

Homophobic Douchebag Throwdown

Okay, pop quiz. Which one of these ridiculous homophobic statements is dumber?

In this corner, we have rapper Bow Wow. During a live chat with fans last month, he talked about feeling uncomfortable around gay people and shared a lovely story:
He talked about a time where he needed a haircut and had his people go and find him a barber. But after noticing the barber was gay he told them that he didn’t want the haircut anymore. He said he didn’t want a gay barber touching his head.
[BET.com via Queers United]
As the BET blog points out, homosexuality isn't exactly contagious. So it's a little silly to be worried about a gay man touching you, especially when he's a barber and he's only touching you because it's his job. Does Bow Wow think that he's such an irresistible hunk of man that any gay man who comes within five feet of him just won't be able to control themselves?

And in the other corner, we have Joe the Plumber, who still refuses to go away. In an interview with Christianity Today, JtP was asked about same-sex marriage:

Q: In the last month, same-sex marriage has become legal in Iowa and Vermont. What do you think about same-sex marriage at a state level?

JTP: At a state level, it’s up to them. I don’t want it to be a federal thing. I personally still think it’s wrong. People don’t understand the dictionary—it’s called queer. Queer means strange and unusual. It’s not like a slur, like you would call a white person a honky or something like that. You know, God is pretty explicit in what we’re supposed to do—what man and woman are for. Now, at the same time, we’re supposed to love everybody and accept people, and preach against the sins. I’ve had some friends that are actually homosexual. And, I mean, they know where I stand, and they know that I wouldn’t have them anywhere near my children. But at the same time, they’re people, and they’re going to do their thing. [via Think Progress]

Very creative use of the dictionary to justify your homophobia, Joe. (Of course by creative we mean bottomlessly idiotic.) But here's a helpful hint for you, Joe. If you wouldn't allow someone near your children just because they're gay, that means that they're actually not your friends, and more importantly, you're not their friend. But you are a bigot and a moron.

Don't worry, you don't really have to choose because we know that would be impossible. But be sure to tune in for the next edition of Homophobic Douchebag Throwdown.


Heather said...

Every time people use the rhetorical strategy "But I have gay friends"--e.g., Sarah Palin--I want to call them on the carpet. WHO are these gay friends?? Why would any gay person be your friend with policies like yours (Palin) and boundaries like yours (JtP)? It's ridiculous.

Just like saying "I have black friends" to deny racism in order to acceptably follow it up with a prejudiced remark, idiots think to protect themselves before coming out with exceedingly homophobic crap that, once again, paints gays as uncontrollable sex-fiends and sexual deviants.

Show me these "friends." I don't believe you and it doesn't make your insults any more palatable.

julian said...

What's REALLY sad is that there really ARE gay people who will be friends with folks like these -- some kind of internalized homophobia, I guess. These are the ones that are telling me how "close minded" and "intolerant" I am that I refuse to be "friends" with people who are not only prejudiced against me, but will often use their "friendship" with me as an excuse for their bigotry!