April 18, 2011
To progressive homophobes, "gay" is the ultimate insult
One of the signs of success is when you drive your enemies batshit crazy. And one of the signs that leftists are being driven crazy is when they let down their guard and reveal themselves to be the very sort of bigots that they condemn.
In John Hawkins' interview with Andrew Breitbart, I found a classic example:
They "call me gay all the time."
That speaks volumes about the political bankruptcy -- and homophobia -- of the shrill hardcore activists who think it's just fine to hurl the word "gay" as an insult against their opponents. (Especially when the opponent is the much-demonized Andrew Breitbart.)
I did not say "homophobia" lightly, as it's an often misused word conflating fear of homosexuals with anti-gay bigotry. But in the case of the people calling Breitbart gay, homophobia is a total fit. Remember, these are the same people who would object vehemently if an adolescent school boy who hadn't thought much about it used the expression "that's so gay!" They would be the first to pounce on him about the evils of homophobia, and their argument runs along the following lines: if you insult someone or put something down by using "gay," you are saying that gay -- and gays -- are bad, inferior. And when they call Breitbart gay, it's the same sort of putdown they would condemn in a school boy, except unlike the school boy, they aren't just using an expression. They know exactly what they are doing.
To understand how truly homophobic the insult is, it is important to note two significant things about Andrew Breitbart. Not only is he not gay, but neither is he anti-gay. Far from it; he has told social conservatives that they cannot write gays off and have to come up with a coherent policy on gays that makes gays whole.
So insulting him by calling him gay is not grounded in a belief that he is gay (which would make him some sort of Uncle Tom hypocrite in the eyes of the left), nor is it grounded in the belief that he is a raving anti-gay bigot who will be reduced to a foaming frenzy by being called gay.
Nor can it be the intent to call Breitbart gay with a hope towards discrediting him among anti-gay conservatives, for that does not compute politically. No one on the right -- not even the anti-gay right -- is going to think less of Andrew Breitbart because angry left-wing activists have called him gay. They may be many things, but they simply are not that stupid.
Nor do I believe that the lefties imagine that hurling "gay" as an insult at Breitbart is going to change his mind about gays one way or another. Why would it?
This leaves only one explanation, which I think is the simplest one.
They call him gay because they think it is an insult to call a straight man gay.
That is the essence of homophobia. I can't remember the last time I saw anything like that on the right, and again, I include the anti-gay WND types. I'm not saying it hasn't happened, but it sure as hell isn't routine, and it's easy to see why. If anyone on the right were to castigate a non-gay political enemy as gay, it would be de facto proof of homophobia.
To understand the dynamics, imagine if Breitbart had been likened by leftists to some other minority group (to which he did not belong) as an insult. Black, Jewish, Hispanic, Asian, Muslim, I don't care which group. It's hard to imagine because it simply would never happen. Nor would they liken him to a woman as an insult, because it would be sexist, and they damned well know it.
But insulting political enemies by calling them gay is still perfectly acceptable on the hard left. So much for their sanctimony.
Little wonder the phrase "tea bagger" is so popular on the left. What else could be expected from people who think "gay" is the worst thing they can call someone?
HT: Dr. Helen
posted by Eric on 04.18.11 at 11:23 PM
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