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Win some, lose some, but we queer ducks are still ahead of the haters

The first gay couple to be married in Utah, Michael Ferguson and his husband Seth Anderson, kiss as Blake Ferguson and his girlfriend Danielle Morgan watch after the pair married at the Salt Lake County Clerks office in Salt Lake City, Utah

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Michael Ferguson, center, and Seth Anderson, right, of Salt Lake City, were the first gay-male couple to legally marry in the “Christo”fascist state of Utah, on December 20. This unexpected, incredibly ironic historical event more than makes up for this pathetic shit:

This undated image released by A&E shows Phil Robertson, flanked by his sons Jase Robertson, left, and Willie Robertson from the popular series "Duck Dynasty." Phil Robertson was suspended for disparaging comments he made to GQ magazine about gay people but was reinstated by the network on Friday, Dec. 27. In a statement Friday, A&E said it decided to bring Robertson back to the reality series after discussions with the Robertson family and "numerous advocacy groups." (AP Photo/A&E, Zach Dilgard)

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So A&E cravenly has caved in and decided to keep “Duck Dynasty” intact. Here is the “patriarch” of the “reality” show — who won’t be missing from a single episode — spewing forth racist, homophobic and generally stupid-white-male-bigoted venom and bile*, yet the shameless corporate weasels (redundant…) of A&E assure us that “A&E Networks’ core values are centered around creativity, inclusion and mutual respect.”

Yes, so much so that Papa Duck (a.k.a. Phil Robertson) got only a slap on the wrist, if even that, and that from now on it will be business as usual. (Oh, but as a parting gift, a consolation prize, much like Rice-a-Roni, the San Francisco treat, A&E has promised, “We will also use this moment to launch a national public service campaign [public service announcements] promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people, a message that supports our core values as a company and the values found in Duck Dynasty. [!] These PSAs will air across our entire portfolio.”

When I was earning my journalism degree, my cohorts and I thought of those who actually were going for a public relations [PR] degree at our university as PRostitutes. We remain correct.)

I had figured that the highly-lucrative-among-white-trash “Duck Dynasty” would live on, albeit at a more appropriate venue, such as FOX. No doubt, there remains a captive audience for the stupid white man’s hate speech. (If they see and hear it on the tay-vay, then it must be the truth!)

Oh, well. I have added A&E to homophobic operations that I steadfastly boycott, including Chick-fil-A (there is one nearby that I’ve never stepped foot in), Cracker Barrel (OK, so I don’t think that we have even one of those restaurants here in Northern California, but I’d never step foot in one, anywhere, ever), and a local ice cream restaurant named Leatherby’s that I haven’t stepped foot in ever since I learned that its “Christo”fascist owner gave $20,000 toward the passage of Proposition H8 (true, the restaurant always struck me as at least a bit dirty and nasty anyway, so that wasn’t exactly a difficult boycott).

But recently there was another addition to another list, a list that is much more important than is my own personal boycott list: the list of states where same-sex marriage is in effect.

To that list we have added Utah. Yes, Utah — to a large degree the home of the now-overturned anti-same-sex-marriage Proposition H8, which wouldn’t have passed here in California in November 2008 if the Utah-based Mormon cult hadn’t aided and abetted the hateful effort (how do they keep their tax-exempt status?) — now has same-sex marriage.

That wonderful irony blows the pathetic Papa Duck right out of the water.

Lest you believe for a nanosecond that the “Christo”fascists of Utah have had a sudden change of heart, that they actually have taken to heart the actual teachings of Jesus Christ (to love others and to not be a fucking asshole), know that in this case, change had to come from without: It was a federal district court judge, not the voters of Utah or the state’s legislature or the state’s highest court, who ruled, correctly, that Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage has violated the equal, human and civil rights guaranteed to all Americans by the U.S. Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, and which no one, not even the grand wizards of the Mormon cult in Salt Lake City, is above.

And know that of course the bigoted state of Utah, which is owned and operated by the Mormon cult, is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene and to stop same-sex marriages in Utah, which recently have been going on at a record pace. (Reports The Washington Post:

Salt Lake City — In the week since a federal judge overturned Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage, the number of weddings in the state has skyrocketed, shattering records and accruing thousands of dollars for Utah’s 29 counties.

As of close of business Thursday [December 26], more than 1,225 marriage licenses had been issued in Utah since last Friday [December 20]. Of those, at least 74 percent, or 905 licenses, were issued to gay and lesbian couples. …

Salt Lake County shattered a previously held record of 85 marriages in a given day, by handing out 353 on Monday [December 23] — the first full day of issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. …)

This! Unbridled! Happiness! MUST! STOP! NOW!

(That is, after, all, the central teaching of Jesus Christ!)

I’ll live with the fact that a “reality” show about a white-trash family (again, I think of them and their kind as the American Taliban) that I’ve never watched and never will watch continues on.

And that battle isn’t over. Thus far, the weasels of A&E have done the math — the accounting, more accurately — and have calculated that it was safe for them to rescind their indefinite suspension of Papa Duck from his family’s “reality” show before it even had gone into effect.

We’ll see if there is any blowback over this — again, A&E is a venture of Disney and the Hearst Corp. — and if so, whether this blowback makes the assholes of A&E change their minds on Papa Duck and his “reality” show once again.

In the meantime, I expect the U.S. Supreme Court to refuse to intervene in same-sex marriage in Utah, leaving same-sex marriage intact there, which is, after all of the Proposition H8 drama, incredibly fucking funny. (Not that equal human and civil rights for everyone is a joke — it is not — but still!)

What would be even funnier still would be if the U.S. Supreme Court does get involved in the issue of same-sex marriage in Utah, at the state of Utah’s request — only to rule in favor of same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

Unlikely, perhaps, but not impossible, and that ruling will come from the U.S. Supreme Court in the not-too-distant future — with or without A&E’s PSAs “promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people.”

*In addition to the quotes widely publicized from Papa Duck’s interview in next month’s edition of GQ, in recent years he also said these things (click that link [to the Los Angeles Times’ website] to see the links to the YouTube videos that are videorecorded evidence of these quotations):

  • “Look, [if] you wait ’til they get to be about 20 years old, the only picking that’s going to take place is your pocket. You gotta marry these girls when they’re 15 or 16; they’ll pick your ducks.”
  • “Why do they murder and why do they hate us? Because all of them … 80 years of history, they all want to conquer the world, they all rejected Jesus and they’re all famous for murder. Nazis, Shintoists, Communists and the Mohammedists. Every one of them the same way.”
  • “Women with women. Men with men. They committed indecent acts with one another. And they received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. They’re full of murder, envy, strife, hatred. They are insolent, arrogant God haters. They are heartless. They are faithless. They are senseless. They are ruthless. They invent ways of doing evil.”

As Andrew Sullivan has pointed out, this rhetoric is chillingly reminiscent of the anti-Semitic rhetoric of Nazi Germany, where the Jews were blamed for all evil. Sullivan wrote, in response to Papa Duck’s remark to GQ that when it comes to “sin,” you simply “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there”:

… [To] posit gay people as the true source of all moral corruption is to use eliminationist rhetoric and demonizing logic to soften up a small minority of people for exclusion, marginalization and, at some point, violence.

If you think I’m hyperventilating, ask yourself what the response would be if in talking about sin, Phil Robertson had said, “Start with Jewish behavior…” The argument would be totally recognizable, once very widespread, and deeply disturbing. What we’re seeing here – and it’s very much worth debating – is how fundamentalist religion seizes on recognizable, [“]immoral[“] minorities to shore up its own sense of righteousness. You can gussy it up – but it’s right there in front of our nose. …

This is the type of speech that A&E attempts to excuse, as though some fucking PSAs are going to make it all A-OK.

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Gay and lesbian ‘leaders’ sell us out

I hate gay and lesbian business owners. They sell us gay men and lesbians out every time.

My favorite thing is to peruse a typical gay and lesbian publication and see all of the ads for alcohol and for gay and lesbian bars and clubs — and the rehab ads. They get us coming and going! Not to mention all of the images of Adonises that give average gay men a complex about their body image.

Let’s fucking face it: We gay men and lesbians have been reduced to a target audience.

Fight for equal human and civil rights? No, we are to be consumers! Good consumers!

Gay and lesbian “leaders,” especially gay and lesbian business “leaders,” sell us out every time.

I’ll use a local example. Not to (excessively) pick on this guy, but to use him as an example of the typical gay and lesbian business “leader” who puts his own pocketbook far above the Much Bigger Picture:

In the Sacramento Bee story titled “Gay Leaders Wary of Boycotting Prop. 8’s Supporters,” the publisher of one of the local gay and lesbian rags, Outword, Fred Palmer, is quoted as having said that he opposes boycotting a business because an individual from that business contributed to Proposition 8. (In most cases when a business has been boycotted, it’s because the owner or an owner of that business contributed to the pro-Prop 8 campaign. It would logically follow that if a business owner hates fags and dykes, fags and dykes might not want to give that business owner their money. Duh.)

The Bee story notes that Palmer is president of the Rainbow Chamber of Commerce, the local gay and lesbian chamber of commerce.

Gee, do chambers of commerce tend to care about people and people’s rights — or do they tend to care about $$$?

Kaaa-ching!!!

The Bee also reports:

Lester Neblett, executive director of the Sacramento Gay and Lesbian Center, advocates spending with businesses that support gay rights, as opposed to the kind of protests that targeted the Music Circus and Leatherby’s ice cream.

“The gay community has a lot of discretionary money available to them. They can use this wisely,” he said. “We’re continuing to encourage people to support people who support us. That’s been the word that we’ve tried to get out to the community all the time.”

Gee, maybe Prop 8 wouldn’t have passed if our “leaders” could fucking lead, if they actually had our best interests at heart.

Palmer strikes me as being more concerned about losing advertising revenue more than he’s concerned about anything else, and Neblett just sounds like a coward who doesn’t want to — gasp!offend anyone.

Palmer should be careful, lest we boycott his rag that probably does us more harm than good anyway, by encouraging us to become self-loathing, alcoholic, sexaholic, consumeristic zombies for his own personal profit.

And Lester Neblett — with a milquetoast name like that maybe he couldn’t help but be a coward. He needs to grow a pair or step aside for someone else who already has a pair, maybe even a lesbian, maybe even preferably a lesbian.

Our “leaders” aren’t leading, and so we individual gay men and lesbians are taking things into our own hands, especially with the organizing power of the Internet — whether our self-serving, wussy “leaders” like it or not. They need to actually fucking lead, follow or at least get out of the fucking way.

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Prop 8 = American Taliban

I saw that on a sign at the protest of the passage of the fascist, anti-American Proposition 8 at the state Capitol here in Sacramento on Sunday.

And it’s so accurate.

The Mormons and the Catholics (among other haters) who gave money to the pro-Proposition 8 campaign are now being outed (so to speak…) and boycotted.

One guy, a Mormon who worked at a Sacramento theater company as its artistic director, resigned today after the theater company and he took some heat over the fact that he gave $1,000 to the pro-Prop 8 campaign.

I don’t feel sorry for him. You work for a theater company and give $1,000 to keep gay men and lesbians down and expect that to go over well? WTF???

If I gave money toward a hateful, bigoted proposition designed to deny a historically oppressed minority group its equal civil and human rights — and such donations are public record — I would expect there to be repercussions.

But the Mormons and the Catholics and the other haters who gave significant sums of money to pass Prop 8 and are now facing backlash, including boycotts — there is an ice cream eatery here in Sacramento called Leatherby’s that, I discovered, gave $20,000 to the pro-Prop 8 campaign, and I’ll never give them another fucking penny again — but they are whining that they are the victims.

No, fuck that shit.

If you are a Mormon or a Catholic or another assorted wingnut and you oppose abortion, don’t have one. If you are a Mormon or a Catholic or another assorted wingnut and you oppose same-sex marriage, then don’t marry someone of your own sex. Ditto for premarital sex, porn, marijuana, etc.: if it’s against your belief system, then don’t do it; but keep your church out of my state (to quote yet another protest sign that I saw on Sunday).

The “Christo”fascists are arguing, surreally, that if we don’t allow them to impose their Dark-Ages beliefs on the rest of us who are sane, then we’re somehow violating their religious freedoms. No, it’s pretty fucking simple: You have the religious freedom to believe what you want to believe and to live according to those beliefs, as long as you don’t hurt anyone else. Trying to take away others’ rights is hurting them, and the harming of others is where your religious freedoms end

But, just as the “Islamofascist” members of the Taliban want to dictate to everyone else what they may and may not do, so do the Mormons and the Catholics and the other “Christo”fascists.

It’s not enough for them to be ignorant, hateful and miserable themselves; they want the rest of us to be miserable too, because misery loves company.

Yet another sign at the protest here in Sacramento on Sunday read simply: “This means war.”

Yup.

We gay men and lesbians were minding our own fucking business. The Repugnican-dominated California Supreme Court in May ruled that we have the constitutional right to marriage, that separate is not equal (yet another message on some of the signs at Sunday’s protest…).

Fearful that someone might actually be happy and free — and that, God forbid, this happiness and freedom might spread across the land like a cancer! — the Mormon cult and the Catholic church poured millions of dollars into the pro-Prop 8 campaign, flooding the state with false and misleading advertisements, not entirely unlike the smear campaign that the Nazis (who also persecuted homosexuals, which my protest sign reminded people on Sunday) perpetrated upon the Jews.

That is why Prop 8 passed: because the modern-day Nazis, most of them from out of state, pumped millions of dollars into the pro-Prop 8 campaign.

Because we Californian gay men and lesbians were minding our own fucking business, trying to have ourselves some life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, which is supposed to be guaranteed to all Americans, and these “Christo”fascists made an unprovoked attack upon us, they declared war against us.

When you declare an unprovoked war against a group, prepare for some backlash.

To hear the Mormons whine about how they’ve always been the victims when they started this fight is nauseating and is indicative of how the Mormons clearly don’t follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, but are nothing but an ignorant, fearful, hateful, lying cult.

And to hear the Mormons and the Catholics and the other assorted wingnuts cry and whine about how their rights are being violated because of the backlash after the passing of Prop 8 is disingenuous beyond belief.

The anti-American “Christo”fascists who gave money to the pro-Prop 8 campaign and who voted yes on Prop 8 exercised their right to do so.

Those of us real Americans who don’t want our nation to become an American Taliban, to be ruled by the likes of the Mormons and the Catholics and the other “Christo”fascists with their Dark-Ages mentality, have the right to fight back within legal means.

That means boycotts. That means publicly chastising those who gave significant sums of money to the pro-Prop 8 campaign. That means holding public protests. That means using the court system, such as asking the California Supreme Court to overturn Prop 8, as we have done. (California voters in 1994 passed the hateful, bigoted, anti-immigrant Proposition 187 by 59 percent, but a federal court struck it down as unconstitutional, so there is precedent for a proposition passed by California voters to deprive a historically oppressed minority group of its human rights to be struck down by a court as unconstitutional.)

We will overcome. 

We didn’t start this war, but we will win this war.

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