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The real problem with ‘Dr.’ Laura

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Baby-boomer wingnut “Dr.” Laura Schlessinger maintains that there’s no difference whatsoever between a rich white wingnut like herself using the word “nigger” and a black person using the word “nigger.” She also doesn’t want to be “NAACP’d” (I never knew that that was a verb), calls historically oppressed minority groups “hypersensitive” (it’s easy to say that someone else is “hypersensitive” when you yourself are a member of the historically oppressive and dominant group), and advises the “hypersensitive,” “Don’t marry out of your race.” 

CALLER: How about the “n”-word? So, the “n”-word’s been thrown around [by her white husband’s white friends; the female caller identifies herself as black] —

SCHLESSINGER: Black guys use it all the time. Turn on HBO, listen to a black comic, and all you hear is “nigger, nigger, nigger.”

CALLER: That isn’t —

SCHLESSINGER: I don’t get it. If anybody without enough melanin says it, it’s a horrible thing; but when black people say it, it’s affectionate. It’s very confusing. Don’t hang up, I want to talk to you some more. Don’t go away.

I’m Dr. Laura Schlessinger. I’ll be right back.

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CALLER: So it’s OK to say “nigger”? … It’s OK to say that word?

SCHLESSINGER: It depends how it’s said.

CALLER: Is it OK to say that word? Is it ever OK to say that word?

SCHLESSINGER: It’s — it depends how it’s said. Black guys talking to each other seem to think it’s OK.

CALLER: But you’re not black. They’re [my husband’s friends are] not black. My husband is white.

SCHLESSINGER: Oh, I see. So, a word is restricted to race. Got it. Can’t do much about that.

CALLER: I can’t believe someone like you is on the radio spewing out the “nigger” word, and I hope everybody heard it.

SCHLESSINGER: I didn’t spew out the “nigger” word.

CALLER: You said, “nigger, nigger, nigger.”

SCHLESSINGER: Right, I said that’s what you hear.

CALLER: Everybody heard it.

SCHLESSINGER: Yes, they did.

CALLER: I hope everybody heard it.

SCHLESSINGER: They did, and I’ll say it again —

CALLER: So what makes it OK for you to say the word?

SCHLESSINGER: — “nigger, nigger, nigger” is what you hear on HB[O] —

CALLER: So what makes it —

SCHLESSINGER: Why don’t you let me finish a sentence?

CALLER: OK.

SCHLESSINGER: Don’t take things out of context. Don’t double N — NAACP me. Tape the —

CALLER: I know what the NAACP —

SCHLESSINGER: Leave them in context.

CALLER: I know what the N-word means and I know it came from a white person. And I know the white person made it bad.

SCHLESSINGER: All right. Thank you very much. Thank you very much. Can’t have this argument. You know what? If you’re that hypersensitive about color and don’t have a sense of humor, don’t marry out of your race….

And what I just heard from Jade [the caller] is a lot of what I hear from black-think — and it’s really distressting [sic] and disturbing. And to put it in its context, she said the “n”-word, and I said, on HBO, listening to black comics, you hear “nigger, nigger, nigger.” I didn’t call anybody a nigger. Nice try, Jade. Actually, sucky try….

From “Dr.” Laura Schlessinger’s radio show of August 10

I haven’t chimed in yet on the “Dr.” Laura* brouhaha, so here goes. In a word, it isn’t about “the ‘n’-word.”

What it is about is that “Dr.” Laura Schlessigner is an overly comfortable right-wing white person who is unable to or refuses to even try to have empathy with members of other groups that don’t have the same comfort and ease and the same privileges that she and her lily-white ilk do.

Schlessinger claimed, on her August 10 radio talk show, that if black people can say “nigger,” so can she and other whites.

It’s as though there were no such fucking thing as social context.

She’s another fucking dipshit, another wingnutty dingbat, but she’s a “doctor” and a baby boomer, so she actually makes money dispensing her “wisdom” and “expert advice.”

If black people want to call each other “nigger,” that’s fine with me. It’s their business. It’s their free speech. It was their right to take back an ugly word that had been used against them for decades if not for centuries by racists and white supremacists.

For a rich white right-winger like Schlessinger to use the word “nigger” obviously is different, because her cohort is representative of the group that once used the word “nigger” as a venomous pejorative against blacks and held blacks down for generations (and still holds them down).

Duh.

Similarly, as a gay man, if I use words like “queer” or “faggot,” that’s quite a different social context than if a known homo-hater uses those words.

There are some of my uptight fellow gay men who take themselves and their sexuality way too seriously who believe that no one should use such words as “faggot” or “queer” or “Froot Loop.”

That’s fine. If they don’t want to use such words themselves, more power to them. But those fucking faggots they have no right to dictate my free speech.

So “Dr.” Laura’s biggest sin, in my book, is not her simple use of the word “nigger,” even repeatedly. It’s her assertion that there really is no difference as to whether a rich white wingnut like herself uses the word or whether a black person uses the word.

It seems to me that no person whose empathetic ability and logical skills are so absofuckinglutely non-existent should be using the title “Dr.” and be a commercially successful dispenser of advice.

I wholeheartedly support “Dr.” Laura’s right to free speech, and, as this news analysis makes clear, legally the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects us from governmental interference in our speech, not from such things as boycotts or social pressure that arises as the result of our saying things that are unpopular.

When we fags and dykes non-heterosexuals started to boycott businesses that gave money to the Proposition H8 effort, I remember pro-Prop H8 assbites positing, at least implicitly, that boycotts are illegal. (The wingnuts’ insane “argument” seemed to be that we consumers have to give our money to businesses. “Free” enterprise apparently means that the business owners, but not we consumers, have economic freedom.) 

No, boycotts (and similar pressure campaigns) are not illegal.

They’re just another form of free speech in a society that we claim is free.

“Dr.” Laura has the free-speech right to go on air and have an entire show in which the only word that she says is “nigger.” She can have “nigger”-a-thon if she fucking wants to. But if this causes people to complain to the broadcasting business(es) that put(s) her bile and venom on the air, and to boycott her show’s advertisers, well, it’s the free-speech right of those individuals to do so.

“Dr.” Laura should not be relegated to the dustbin of wingnut history because she repeatedly said the “‘n’-word,” though. She should be put out to pasture because she has demonstrated, amply, that she’s only a husk of a shell of a human being with no feeling or compassion whatsofuckingever.

And her other words outside of “nigger” — “Don’t double N — NAACP me”; her charge that blacks are “hypersensitive” (despite the long history of white-on-black discrimination and violence, not to mention the historical white enslavement of blacks); and “Don’t marry out of your race” — demonstrate amply, I think, what “Dr.” Laura Schlessinger is all about.

*I use quotation marks around the title “Dr.” because Schlessinger does not have a degree in psychology or psychiatry or the like. Her 1974 doctorate was in physiology, for fuck’s sake.

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The (semi-)new(d) faces of the remnants of the Repugnican Party

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Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher of Ohio — a.k.a. “Joe the Plumber” — speaks at a rally for Repugnican presidential candidate John McCainosaurus in Ohio in late October. “Joe the Plumber” says that it’s perfectly OK to refer to non-heterosexuals as “queer,” which sure makes you wonder what his words for black people and other assorted people are. “Joe the Plumber,” who just might be named the next pope, also recently pontificated, “God is recognized as, if you will, America’s religion.” So not only is God not a deity, but is a religion, but the United States of America has a national religion, and that religion is called “God.” I have learned so much from “Joe the Plumber”!

So who do the Repugnicans and the wingnuts have now to inspire a new generation of young people?

Well, not counting Sarah “Fahrenheit 451” Palin-Quayle, they have Carrie “No Offense!” Prejean and “Joe ‘Some of My Best Friends Are Queer but I Wouldn’t Let Them Anywhere Near My Children’ the Plumber.”

Miss California Carrie Prejean, the 21-year-old breast-enhanced bimbo who decided to become a poster girl for the homo-hating National Organization for Marriage after stating during the Miss USA pageant that she opposes same-sex marriage (adding: “No offense!”), probably is going to be stripped of her crown, thank Goddess.

It’s not for the right reasons, really, but I like the probable result anyway.

Reports The Associated Press today:

The directors of the Miss California USA pageant are looking into whether title holder Carrie Prejean violated her contract by working with a national group opposed to same-sex marriage and by posing semi-nude when she was a teenage model.

Pageant spokesman Roger Neal said [yesterday] it appears Prejean has run afoul of several sections of the 12-page contract that all prospective contestants were required to sign before competing in the November state contest.

The detailed document prohibits the titular [titular — that’s great…] Miss California from making personal appearances, giving interviews or making commercials without permission from pageant officials.

In the last 10 days, Prejean has made televised appearances at her San Diego church and on behalf of the National Organization for Marriage, a group opposed to same-sex marriage.

The contract also contains a clause asking participants to say whether they have conducted themselves “in accordance with the highest ethical and moral standards.” As an example, it asks if they have ever been photographed nude or partially nude.

“As you can see from the contract, she violated multiple items,” Neal said in an e-mail to The Associated Press.

A photo of Prejean wearing only pink panties with her back turned to the camera appeared Monday on the gossip blog theDirty.com.

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[Prejean] issued a statement early [yesterday] saying she posed for the shot when she was a 17-year-old model [oh, she was a minor — that makes it better!] and objected to its release as an attempt to belittle her religious faith: “I am a Christian, and I am a model. Models pose for pictures, including lingerie and swimwear photos.”

Prejean spokeswoman Melany Ethridge said she could not comment on the contract because she was unfamiliar with its contents. Ethridge said she had not heard the pageant directors were reviewing it.

Prejean, a San Diego native who attends San Diego Christian College, was named the first runner-up to Miss North Carolina in the Miss USA pageant April 19. Her response to a question during the pageant that she opposed same-sex marriage made her a media sensation, darling of religious conservatives and the target of embarrassing disclosures.

Her post-pageant activities also have estranged her from the two directors of the state pageant, who under the terms of the contract have almost unlimited control over Miss California’s activities, including the right to revoke her crown for breaching its provisions.

On the day last week that Prejean was in Washington with National Organization for Marriage leaders to announce her support for a new advertisement the group created based on her pageant experience, Keith Lewis, co-director of the California contest, expressed concern.

“There is a contract that all participants sign that is very involved and very intricate and limits a lot of their activities,” said Lewis, a Los Angeles talent agent.

Meanwhile, the Miss Universe Organization, which also owns the Miss USA pageant, confirmed [yesterday] that it had sent a letter demanding the National Organization for Marriage to remove the Prejean spot from the air and the group’s website. It includes footage from the April 19 pageant.

The Miss Universe Organization “neither sanctions nor disapproves of the viewpoints expressed in the advertisement but cannot allow its copyrighted material to be used without permission to support the National Organization for Marriage’s political agenda and fundraising efforts,” organization President Paula Shugart said.

NOM executive director Brian Brown said the group did not plan to comply with the pageant’s request. [Good; I hope that the Miss Universe Organization sues NOM and wins.]

“It is clearly fair use, and all they are attempting to do is silence us by using false legal claims,” Brown said. “But they have another thing coming if they think these ads are coming down. None of us are relenting, least of all Carrie.”

NOM President Maggie Gallagher also issued a statement [yesterday] sympathizing with Prejean over the release of her modeling picture and saying it did not disqualify her as a traditional marriage advocate.

“Of course Carrie is not perfect,” Gallagher said. “On a personal note, as a former unwed mother, I want to say to Americans: You don’t have to be a perfect person to have the right to stand up for marriage.”

Gallagher, with whom I exchanged hostile e-mails years ago over an ignorant, bigoted, homo-hateful column that she wrote, sorely needs to go fuck herself. Of course she states that “You don’t have to be a perfect person to have the right to stand up for marriage.” Because being a homo-hating wingnut is all about being a fucking hypocrite.

Thankfully, Prejean, being the genius that she is, very apparently blatantly has violated the terms of her contract with the Miss California organization, which allows the organization to strip Prejean — who gives California, the Miss California organization, the Miss USA organization and the Miss Universe Organization all a bad name — of the title of Miss California without having to use her homo-hatred as the reason, whether it’s the reason or not.

Of course, there is no doubt that Prejean and her new fascist buddies at NOM nonetheless will cry that she’s a martyr for the “cause” of stripping non-heterosexuals of their equal human and civil rights.

Speaking of homo-haters, “Joe the Plumber,” the darling of the McCainosaurus-Palin-Quayle campaign and the remants of the Repugnican Party, if you haven’t heard by now, told Christianity Today that “queer” is a perfectly appropriate, acceptable term for non-heterosexuals. And that he loves his “queer” friends but that they know that he wouldn’t allow them anywhere near his children.

From the interview with “Joe the Plumber” in Christianity Today:

Christianity Today: 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?

“Joe the Plumber”: 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. [Actual homosexuals in Ohio!] 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.

Nice!

You know what? I wouldn’t want a “Christo”fascist like “Joe the Plumber” anywhere near my children (if I had any, I mean, of course) or any child, lest his “Christian,” “family” “values” rub off on them and they grow up to be skinheads or the like.

The “states’ rights” “argument” that “Joe the Plumber” employs was used by the white supremacists in the South; they figured that it was better to have at least some states in which it was still OK to shit and piss upon blacks. No, you don’t leave the matter of equal human and civil rights up to each state. Equal human and civil rights for all Americans must be federally protected. 

And memo to Joe: The term “queer” is hate speech when used by a homo-hater, most fucking certainly is a slur as much as are such words as “faggot” or “dyke” or “nigger” or “coon” or “chink” or “Jap” or “spic” or “wetback” or  “raghead” or “Hajji” or “Macaca” or “kike” or “cracker” or yes, “honky.”*

That the wingnuts are using dumbfucks like “Joe the Plumber” and Miss California to appeal to our youth is a great thing, since the majority of our youth oppose the hatred, bigotry and ignorance that Prejean and the plumber stand for.

I think that Human Rights Campaign President Joe Salmonese probably had it right when he remarked of “Joe the Plumber’s” remarks about non-heterosexuals: “It would matter if ‘Joe the Plumber’ mattered. One thing among many things we learned in the 2008 campaign is that he doesn’t.”

True, but we can’t assume that the “Christo”fascist beast is dead.

In the same interview with Christianity Today, “Joe the Plumber” named Sarah “She-Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” Palin as an idol of his:

Christianity Today: Who do you see as the emerging leaders for the Republican Party?

“Joe the Plumber”: There isn’t one.

You got the RNC [Repugnican National Committee] talking about repackaging principles and values to make them hip and cool to the younger generation. You can’t repackage them. They are what they are. You can’t make what they are.

I like Sarah Palin a lot, actually. I just don’t know if that’s where God’s leading her. I just know the Republican Party’s done its best to blackball her. I don’t know what her agenda is. If she ran, would I vote for her? Absolutely. John McCain was the lesser of two evils.

Would Americans ever be dumb enough to allow Sarah Palin-Quayle or someone like her into the White House? They did, after all, allow George W. Bush into the White House…

*Even though, as an Anglo, it seems to me that terms for white people like “cracker” or “honky” aren’t as severe (and certainly aren’t as numerous) as are the slurs for black people; “whitey,” I think, is worse than “cracker” or “honky,” but even “whitey” pales in comparison (bad pun fully intended) to such terms as “spade” and “sambo” and “jigaboo” and “jungle bunny.”

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