Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Gay “Gotcha” Moments in the Media Make for Interesting Conversation

From Jerry Sandusky’s attorney to Westboro Baptist Churchgoers, it seems just about every high profile person in the media these days is tasting the bitterness of one’s own foot in one’s own mouth when it comes to gay-related issues.

Take Sandusky’s attorney, Joseph Amendola who, when asked if he believed his client was innocent, told the crowd that anyone who believes his client is guilty should call 1-800-REALITY. For just a second or two, the attorney obviously thought he had come up with a very clever “Johnny Cochran” response, but quickly found out he wasn’t so clever after all. 1-800-REALITY just happens to be the number to a gay sex hotline. Talk about your serendipitous moments.

Then there is the Westboro Baptist Church member who showed up at a protest wearing a Glee t-shirt. As most everyone knows by now, Westboro Baptist Church’s founder is notoriously anti-gay and his congregation is best known for protests at U.S. servicemembers’ funerals.

The girl wearing the Glee t-shirt claims she was not aware of that particular show and how it was extremely gay-friendly. She claimed her sister handed her the t-shirt to wear just before she headed out to the protests.

Indeed. Perhaps there are a few things about her sister the churchgoer should have known before trusting her with a wardrobe suggestion.

And finally, the exchange that recently took place between an openly gay Vietnam veteran and GOP candidate Mitt Romney. Without revealing that he was homosexual, Bob Garon, a gay military veteran asked Mitt Romney straight up if, as President, he would repeal New Hampshire’s same-sex marriage law.

Romney, obviously not knowing Garon was gay, didn’t hesitate when he answered that he believed marriage was strictly between a man and a woman and that he would repeal the law if elected President. Romney then went on to speak for the founding fathers when he told Garon that he was sure the Constitution defined marriage as only between a man and a woman, to which Garon told Romney it was good to know that he (Romney) didn’t believe in everyone’s constitutional rights.

Mr. Garon, perhaps you should make a visit to Newt Gingrich next. Seems he could use some comeuppance as well.

1 comment:

  1. As to the Romney thing, everyone who has studied politics knows that Romney as president can't repeal any law that is passed by a state legislature.
    It's not that Garon is wrong to ask, it's that Romney didn't realize the man was seriously asking a real question. So he said he would repeal it just to play along with the "get Romney about gay matters joke".
    Boilerplating an answer just to get to the next campaign stop isn't the way to go.


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