You know, as a gay man and as a Generation X’er, I really don’t want to be used as a cause by baby boomers who are trying to make themselves appear to be young and hip again.
So when I read that baby boomer Cindy McCain has signed on to the “NOH8” project — which The Huffington Post describes as “a photo project in which subjects are photographed wearing white, against a white background, with their mouths taped shut and ‘NOH8’ [a pun on the hateful, anti-gay Californian Proposition 8] painted on their faces” — I was (and still am) skeptical. (And why duct tape? How about ball gags? Just a little suggestion…)
The “NOH8” image of Cindy McCain alone —
— looks heavily airbrushed. She was born in 1954, which puts her in her mid-50s. Why, then, at her age, is she trying to look like Britney Fucking Spears?
Does she care more about equal human and civil rights for non-heterosexuals or about appearing to be as young and hip as her daughter Meghan, who earlier posed for “NOH8”?:
And if Cindy cares so much about being on the side of good instead of on the side of evil, then why in the hell is she still married to John McCainosaurus, who, according to Yahoo! News, “despite the opinions of his wife and daughter … remains firmly in favor of Prop 8”?
I could never partner with a racist; how can Cindy McCain be so easily partnered with a homophobe? A hater is a hater.
Speaking of haters, I have been rather unkind to Cindy McCain in the past. When in February 2008 she insinuated that she is more patriotic than is Michelle Obama, I proclaimed that she “looks like a petrified Barbie doll.” Almost two years later, I still have to stand behind that observation…
Cindy, divorce the old man and divorce the Repugnican Party, and then I’ll believe that you’re sincere about doing the right thing.
Finally, a historical note for those who find it so shocking! that Cindy McCain! has come out in support! of same-sex marriage!: John McCainosaurus has modeled himself more after the late Arizonan political icon Barry Goldwater than probably anyone else, and Goldwater, before he died, came out in support of gay rights. (It probably didn’t hurt that his grandson is gay. Nancy Reagan, after all, came out in support of stem-cell research because Ronnie had Alzheimer’s, which stem-cell research might cure one day.)
The Goldwater Repugnicans tend to be warhawkish and are fiscally conservative, but believe, unlike the BushCheneyCorp Repugnicans, that the government should keep out of people’s private lives.
I can tolerate the Goldwater Repugnicans (and their cousins, the Libertarians) more than I can tolerate the socially conservative Repugs (whom I think of as the “American Taliban”). Unfortunately, the latter grossly outnumber the former…