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by baldilocks

The Great McCain wades into the “logic” of using an epi­thet for homo­sex­u­als as an insult against a het­ero­sex­ual — and the weird­ness of the uproar.

If I wanted to insult Stephen Col­bert, I might have called him a lot of things, but “c**k hol­ster” prob­a­bly wouldn’t have come to mind. By the stan­dards of Stephen Col­bert, how­ever, there are no stan­dards, so I can call him any slang syn­onym for homo­sex­ual and still hope to get a net­work TV contract.

Alas, my phone isn’t blow­ing up with return calls from CBS exec­u­tives, which prob­a­bly means you won’t see “The Stacy McCain Gay Joke Show” on their fall sched­ule. And I had so much mate­r­ial ready . . .

Being almost as noto­ri­ously het­ero­sex­ual as Pres­i­dent Trump, I wouldn’t be much offended at being tar­geted by an anti-​gay slur. It’s an odd thing about what are com­monly called “homo­pho­bic” insults: Who’s insulted?

If you’re not actu­ally gay, why would some­one call you a f*ggot? Is he try­ing to start a fight? Aren’t anti-​gay insults, when aimed at a tar­get who is not even sus­pected of homo­sex­u­al­ity, just a way of say­ing, “I don’t like you”?

OK, you don’t like me, so you call me a f*ggot. And then what?

How am I expected to react to this non sequitur? Call the Civil­ity Police and report you for vio­lat­ing the law against homophobia? (…)

Barry Manilow recently announced his homo­sex­u­al­ity. Has Stephen Col­bert called the leg­endary pop bal­ladeer a “c**k hol­ster” yet? Has Col­bert said any­thing sim­i­lar about Elton John? Was Col­bert mak­ing gay jokes when George Michael died? Have I some­how over­looked Colbert’s his­tory of remarks indi­cat­ing his neg­a­tive opin­ion of homo­sex­u­al­ity? If we don’t have any rea­son to believe Col­bert is anti-​gay, then why the social-​media uproar about his alleged expres­sion of “homophobia”?

Empha­sis mine.

It’s sim­ple. Left-​leaning sorts like Stephen Colbert:

  1. May use any slurs, whether racial, sex­ual, or any other type. It’s almost like a driver’s license.
  2. Believe that Repub­li­cans hate homo­sex­u­als and, there­fore, believe that they would be angry at being called one.

(I remem­ber that this was a peren­nial Twit­ter “insult” tossed at the late Andrew Bre­it­bart — the bio­log­i­cal father of four chil­dren. Pres­i­dent Trump has five children.)

It is, sim­ply, “I don’t like you” — an exam­ple of using what­ever ver­bal weapon one thinks the tar­get would like least. It’s the higher pri­mate ver­sion of chim­panzee poo-​flinging.

For the record, I couldn’t care less if Col­bert keeps his show or gets the axe. It’s still some­what of a free coun­try and I’ll keep exer­cis­ing the free­dom to miss his show.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel ten­ta­tively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Fol­low her on Twit­ter and on Gab​.ai.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

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by baldilocks

The Great McCain wades into the “logic” of using an epithet for homosexuals as an insult against a heterosexual—and the weirdness of the uproar.

If I wanted to insult Stephen Colbert, I might have called him a lot of things, but “c**k holster” probably wouldn’t have come to mind. By the standards of Stephen Colbert, however, there are no standards, so I can call him any slang synonym for homosexual and still hope to get a network TV contract.

Alas, my phone isn’t blowing up with return calls from CBS executives, which probably means you won’t see “The Stacy McCain Gay Joke Show” on their fall schedule. And I had so much material ready . . .

Being almost as notoriously heterosexual as President Trump, I wouldn’t be much offended at being targeted by an anti-gay slur. It’s an odd thing about what are commonly called “homophobic” insults: Who’s insulted?

If you’re not actually gay, why would someone call you a f*ggot? Is he trying to start a fight? Aren’t anti-gay insults, when aimed at a target who is not even suspected of homosexuality, just a way of saying, “I don’t like you”?

OK, you don’t like me, so you call me a f*ggot. And then what?

How am I expected to react to this non sequitur? Call the Civility Police and report you for violating the law against homophobia? (…)

Barry Manilow recently announced his homosexuality. Has Stephen Colbert called the legendary pop balladeer a “c**k holster” yet? Has Colbert said anything similar about Elton John? Was Colbert making gay jokes when George Michael died? Have I somehow overlooked Colbert’s history of remarks indicating his negative opinion of homosexuality? If we don’t have any reason to believe Colbert is anti-gay, then why the social-media uproar about his alleged expression of “homophobia”?

Emphasis mine.

It’s simple. Left-leaning sorts like Stephen Colbert:

  1. May use any slurs, whether racial, sexual, or any other type. It’s almost like a driver’s license.
  2. Believe that Republicans hate homosexuals and, therefore, believe that they would be angry at being called one.

(I remember that this was a perennial Twitter “insult” tossed at the late Andrew Breitbart—the biological father of four children. President Trump has five children.)

It is, simply, “I don’t like you”—an example of using whatever verbal weapon one thinks the target would like least. It’s the higher primate version of chimpanzee poo-flinging.

For the record, I couldn’t care less if Colbert keeps his show or gets the axe. It’s still somewhat of a free country and I’ll keep exercising the freedom to miss his show.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!