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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Tucker Carlson should really be arrested

Want to be disgusted? Look at this video clip from MSNBC. Three straight white men talking about Larry Craig make Tucker Carlson think that he can be a hero. How? He was once approached by a man in a public bathroom. And how did he react? He found a friend, came back to the place, found the man, grabbed him and hit his head against the bathroom stall. And the three white straight men laugh. I am so disgusted with them.

Tucker Carlson commented on this by saying the following later.
Let me be clear about an incident I referred to on MSNBC last night: In the mid-1980s, while I was a high school student, a man physically grabbed me in a men’s room in Washington, DC. I yelled, pulled away from him and ran out of the room. Twenty-five minutes later, a friend of mine and I returned to the men’s room. The man was still there, presumably waiting to do to someone else what he had done to me. My friend and I seized the man and held him until a security guard arrived.

Several bloggers have characterized this is a sort of gay bashing. That’s absurd, and an insult to anybody who has fought back against an unsolicited sexual attack. I wasn’t angry with the man because he was gay. I was angry because he assaulted me.

How about that piece of hitting the man's head against the stall? Did that not happen? He should never have pleaded guilty to that one, I guess.

The story is old and too late comment on. The laughing of those three men on TV is what makes me sick. Gay men remain the outcast of society and it is perfectly ok to talk about bashing them on TV and get a laught out of them.

Steve Clemons suggests that someone should look at evidence of the arrest.

I want to say one other thing. Yesterday I challenged Debra Haffner. She couldn't be farther removed from these men if we tried in all aspects, politically, morally, ethically, you name it. So don't read this wrong. I do however see the connection between her being "squeamish" and the response of these three men. There is something about sex in public places (again, don't forget the history of the closet) that is upsetting to people. We should recognized that, and at the same time, I think it is the right of LGBT people like me, to call our allies to task. And Debra Haffner is an ally. We have to be responsible in our response, because we have to deal with three white men on MSNBC who laugh at beating gay men.

How do I know these three men are straight? I don't. And these days, you can't assume anything about those Republicans. I should watch my assumptions for sure.

3 Comments:

  • I too am sickened by this piece on Carlson...even more by the fact that these kind of remarks are considered acceptable by any listening audience. Homophobia remains the last accepted bigotry in the United States.

    As you will see from my blog today, I spent time this week learning more about cruising rituals. I have also been in dialog with a number of colleagues and friends about whether nonrelational sex can ever be moral and ethical. I am finding it hard to see how it can be nonexploitative, but will look forward to further discussion.

    Rev. Debra W. Haffner

    By Blogger Debra W. Haffner, at Thu Aug 30, 02:50:00 PM PDT  

  • In the end there is no such thing as nonrelational sex. It simply wouldn't be. A relationship can last a short time, happens all the time. In that short time, some quality can be present and exploitation need not be the case at all.

    Matt Foreman pointed out how Vitter was greeted wit applause by hs fellow republicans, after he was caught using an escort service in D.C. This pay for sex scenaria did not upset any of them apparantly. And we know that the now imprisoned Cunningham was invited by lobbyist to go to parties where prostitutes were present. These are clearly the more exploitative forms of sexual relations. Whatever one may think about Craig, he was trying have consensual sex with an adult. Another victimless crime that this country likes to focus on.

    By Blogger Niels Teunis, at Fri Aug 31, 07:13:00 AM PDT  

  • Yes, Neils, keep your assumptions in your pants.

    Your assumptions are worthless and a waste of the readers time.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Fri Sep 07, 09:38:00 PM PDT  

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