In an interesting post linked this morning in the e-newsletter of Log Cabin of California, blogger Timothy Kincaid dissects a Youtube video by a group calling itself Gays for Giuliani. I had seen the video and assumed that those who made did not actually support the former New York City Mayor’s White House bid. It presents stereotypical images of effeminate gay men, including one man boasting of his five domestic partners.
In using some of the worst stereotypes of gay men, it seemed an attempt to undermine the Republican candidate with the best record on gay issues. I thought the filmmakers were using these stereotypes to make the GOP frontrunner less appealing to social conservatives.
Kincaid confirms my suspicion, finding that Ryan Davis, a “Democratic Party activist” created the video. Why I doubt the video will have make impact on the 2008 race, the Advocate did run an interview with Davis. I wonder at the magazine’s choice to single out this Demorat out. His video shows his willingness “to trash his community” in order to hurt a Republican.
Davis has said that his goal is to “keep Rudy from getting the Republican nomination and becoming president.”
I guess it’s okay for Democrats to present stereotypical images of gay people if the goal is to harm a Republican.
While Kincaid does a good job of taking Davis to task, unfortunately he overall view on gay issues is similar to that of the gay left. He writes, “Achieving a society in which we have equality is my goal.” Most conservatives recognize that equality cannot be achieved through legislation, but believe that governments have been “instituted among Men” to secure the rights of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
It would be nice if more critics of the anti-Republican agenda of gay activists could articulate a more conservative approach to politics. Instead of echoing the empty equality rhetoric of the left, they might forward a freedom agenda, one consistent with the ideas of the founders of our great nation — and of the GOP.
UPDATE: Calling the ad “blatantly homophobic,” blogress diva Ann Althouse writes that Davis has shown “his contempt for Republicans by revealing a despicable belief that they hate gay people and that their hatred can be stoked by images of actors behaving according to gay stereotypes. Decent Democrats should condemn Davis’s video campaign.” Let me repeat her last line, Decent Democrats should condemn Davis’s video campaign.
UP-UPDATE: Glenn Reynolds has also picked up on the story, commenting, “sometimes it’s necessary to save the homophobia in order to destroy it.”