In my last post, I asked gay leaders to criticize San Francisco’s Folsom Street Fair for allowing children to attend this celebration featuring public displays of sexuality. So far, none have responded to my invitation.
That said, while browsing Chris Crain’s most excellent blog* (in search of piece to reference in my next post), I was delighted to learn that he had taken issue with the organization for its poster which:
which parodies the Last Supper using leathermen for disciples, a bare-chested Christ, sex toys from wine goblets and members of the sophomoric drag troupe the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence thrown in for good measure. . . .
But beyond the sixth grade snicker at doing something that they know would enrage conservatives, what is the point of childishly offending the widest possible audience?
Good question. Combined with the failure to prevent minors from attending, the poster gave Michelle Malkin and other conservatives a chance to criticize the celebration.
She was right to fault the fair, calling the poster “Catholic-denigrating.” No wonder Miller Beer asked that its logo be removed from the poster.
Even Andrew Sullivan found the poster provocative, calling it “Utterly unnecessary” and writing that “cheap blasphemy impresses no one.” Not just that, he didn’t even think the parody was particularly “ballsy,” suggesting they could show some real guts if they did “a similar parody on a sacred Muslim scene.”
Gay organizations do little to promote a positive image of our community when they gratuitously parody religion. At least this time, gay bloggers–and not just from the right–are calling them on it. It would be nice if some of the national gay organizations followed suit.
*Please note I call Chris’s blog most excellent not because I agree with Chris most of the time. In fact, more often than not I disagree with him, but appreciate the way he expresses himself — and the understanding he has shown for gay conservatives and our ideas.