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No, Wonkette, common decency is not “homophobic”

It seems a truism of contemporary political discourse today that if a liberal pundit or Democratic politician can’t defend his actions, he will accuse his critics of harboring prejudices against a particular minority group.

As most of you know, on Tuesday, a blogger at Wonkette, a left-of-center website, posted a piece “attacking Sarah Palin’s Down Syndrome baby Trig on his birthday.”  The blogger also suggested that Palin’s husband Todd slept with their daughter.  In response, several advertisers, including Papa John’s pizza, pulled their ad from the site.

Now, Ace reports that the folks at Wonkette are accusing the pizza place of animus against gay people:

In a tweet, Wonkette announces that their former advertiser, Papa John’s, is not only “shitty,” but “homophobic.” Clarification/Correction: The tweet was by “Wonkette” and not necessarily Ken Layne, as I first assumed. Maybe it’s him, maybe it’s some other shrieking ninny. I don’t know who does their tweeting.

Homophobic = not giving gays a pass on every nasty thing they say or do. That is the only possible definition of the word he can be using to get to this conclusion.

The site was just as gay when Papa John’s was advertising on it before. The only difference is that they posted that nasty Trig post.

It’s not anti-gay to hold someone to account for crossing a certain line.  And Wonkette went way over the line in mocking the child of a prominent conservative leader reviled on the left.  As would a conservative blogger who mocked the president’s children — or the children of any Democratic politician. It’s one thing to criticize Sarah Palin and take issue with her ideas, it’s quite another to attack her children.

It is telling that they’re now playing the anti-gay card.  Their critics have won the argument.  Instead of conceding the point and acknowledging their error, they choose to personalize the matter.  They just can’t let the right win.  But, here it’s not the right that’s “won”, but common decency that’s won out.

Reminding us that even hard-nosed political operatives are human beings who love their children, Jim Geraghty explains:

Now, regular readers of this newsletter know that derision and mockery of David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel are pretty much standard fare. In their professional lives, Axelrod cynically exploited a way-too-friendly media to elect a fundamentally unprepared man to be president; if Rahm Emanuel were not protected by the “D” after his name, the table-stabbing, fish-sending anecdotes would be cited as evidence of him being a raving maniac, not merely a passionate, foul-mouthed operator.

But in those moments, you can see two men, working long hours and away from their loved ones and wondering if they’re making a mistake and sacrificing what matters most. They’re fathers and husbands. Human. With vulnerabilities and regrets and doubts. Somewhere in Chicago, there are children who miss their dads, kids who have never given you or me any reason to dislike them.

What’s striking about this is that we have people – quite a few people, I increasingly suspect – in the political world whose entire interaction is based on sticking it to the other side. This is what matters most to them. Vengeance, or lashing out, against their political foes is preeminent in their hierarchy of values, outranking everything.

Read the whole thing.



  1. A sleazy nasty column, a pathetic response, and Wonkette deserves every lost cent. Of course you’re absolutely right about the faux cries of victimhood.

    I had a very good time going after advertisers on Twitter. The list of companies whove pulled their ads from Wonkette is long and distinguished. Ford, Nordstrom, Huggies, Starkist, Betty Crocker, Toyota, REI, Tmobile, Adobe, Verizon, Kodak, State Farm, Express, Hyatt, Deal Swarm, J-Jill, Coldwell Banker, Vanguard, San Diego Zoo, Holland America…

    and it continues to grow.

    Wonkette has NO ads on her blog. And I am very proud to have participated and even think I had a big part in a few of those that I locked onto like a pit bull.

    The best part though, even though Wonkette’s response was defiant, accusatory, and they played the typical victim cards…the left did not come to their defense. And quite a few prominent liberals excoriated them for it.

    Ordinary Americans are standing up to the REAL bullies, and winning.
    Smacked down the bullies and said “Shut up foo, an pass me dem peas. Miss Sophia back now. Things gonna change around here”

    Comment by American Elephant — April 22, 2011 @ 5:10 am - April 22, 2011

  2. Picking on infants with Down’s Syndrome must be part of the left’s superior intellectual curiosity Counterfail was bragging about last night.

    Comment by V the K — April 22, 2011 @ 7:11 am - April 22, 2011

  3. I was impressed with how swiftly the advertisers pulled their ads. They know stench when they smell it. Regardless of what one thinks about Sarah Palin, scurrilous attacks such as these are beyond decency and deserve shunning. But the left doesn’t shun its own. They think it’s funny…odd senses of humor, eh?

    Comment by Mary — April 22, 2011 @ 7:57 am - April 22, 2011

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  5. Until a Progressive troll shows up and deconstructs this, we seem to be united on common decency.

    Comment by Heliotrope — April 22, 2011 @ 9:21 am - April 22, 2011

  6. I’m glad to see that normal people realize that there was a line that was crossed. Seriously, more people are obsessed with this child than actual real problems in the world. And this isn’t some celebrity child who got caught with drugs – this is a small child with a disability. Seriously, how low can they go?

    The sad thing is that at some point, this will be topped.

    Comment by Nick — April 22, 2011 @ 9:35 am - April 22, 2011

  7. Until a Progressive troll shows up and deconstructs this, we seem to be united on common decency.

    Hell yes. Although not, alas, on the tastelessness of blackface.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — April 22, 2011 @ 11:38 am - April 22, 2011

  8. (continued) I think it’s only a matter of time before a Progtroll does show up. Dan has (yet again) broken gay-ly away from the great Prog phalanx, saying the emperor has no clothes. It will trigger some prog’s seething anger.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — April 22, 2011 @ 11:56 am - April 22, 2011

  9. I applauded the advertisers for pulling their ads. Nothing “anti-gay” about it – it was anti-despicalble actions, if anything. And why bring gay into it? To detract from their own horrid words?

    Comment by Mark — April 22, 2011 @ 1:03 pm - April 22, 2011

  10. The reason is, in my estimation, that Evan Hurst, the Director of Social Media and spokesperson for the website Truth Wins Out, is also a Wonkette contributor and likely runs their Twitter feed. Evan Hurst and Wayne Besen are constantly calling anyone who disagrees with them a “homophobe”, so this is likely that bit of leftist progressive bigotry coming out.

    Amazing how quiet the leftist gay blogs have been on this, though — actually both this and the example of how gay and lesbian teachers behave towards students who express views they don’t like. Blogs like Truth Wins Out, Box Turtle Bulletin, and Rob Tisinai’s Waking Up Now, JoeMyGod, and Pam’s House Blend would have a screaming shit fit if a straight teacher bullied a gay student, but of course they support and endorse gay teachers bullying straight students – not to mention Wonkette’s insistence that anyone who disagrees with their attacks on Trig Palin is a homophobe.

    It really shows their priorities. They don’t care about bullying students; they themselves are bullies and support and endorse bullying, especially namecalling and attacks on children like Trig Palin who are different.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — April 22, 2011 @ 1:20 pm - April 22, 2011

  11. Wonkette’s blog was vile. And I’m quite frankly sick to the back teeth of the ZOMGVICTIMHOOD spiel coming out of (largely privileged) gay mouths. Most of whom evidently don’t know what homophobia is. Or have ever actually experienced the real thing.

    This lesbian isn’t buying into it.

    Comment by Jo-Ann — April 22, 2011 @ 1:49 pm - April 22, 2011

  12. It is telling that they’re now playing the anti-gay card. Their critics have won the argument.

    To me, this quote illustrates the most important thing to come out of this controversy. It is a historic milestone and proves that “social conservatism” is now a permanently lost cause:

    Godwin’s Law has become extended to cover anyone who “plays the anti-gay card”.

    Now, if we can just put the “race card” similarly into disfavor.

    Comment by John David Galt — April 22, 2011 @ 3:22 pm - April 22, 2011

  13. How exactly are gays privileged?

    Comment by Dooms — April 22, 2011 @ 3:25 pm - April 22, 2011

  14. How exactly are gays privileged?

    The same way that black people are: lowered expectations, lack of oversight, and an insistence that all problems are someone else’s fault and not theirs.

    A white woman who went around demanding that NASA use the Mars rover to take pictures of the flag that the astronauts left there in their earlier landing would not likely make it out of high school. But a black woman who says such things gets a JD from Yale and a Congressional seat.

    Why not? After all, the liberals and the leadership of the Obama Party regularly that it’s exceptional and quite uncommon for a black person to be “clean and articulate”, or speak with something other than a “Negro dialect”. Liberals believe black people and gays and lesbians are inferior and have lowered the bar accordingly; gays like yourself, Dooms, regularly prove to them that you are by acting that way.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — April 22, 2011 @ 3:54 pm - April 22, 2011

  15. Pity the post was taken down. Somebody ought to hang onto the cached link to that post for posterity. Folks need to be reminded what repulsive pieces of shit liberals are.

    Comment by TGC — April 22, 2011 @ 4:26 pm - April 22, 2011

  16. Its not lowered expectations, its institutionalized bigotry, but hey if I attempted to explain that I would be playing the “victim” card. I also really love that “lack of oversight”…so I guess its total bull that blacks and latinos go to jail for longer even if a white person committed the same crime? Or how drug laws are designed in such ways that the only people who get off are rich whites?

    Look buddy, you have no idea what it is you are talking about so just stop, the racism practiced by this blog and its readers is DISGUSTING.

    Comment by Doom — April 22, 2011 @ 4:59 pm - April 22, 2011

  17. Its not lowered expectations, its institutionalized bigotry, but hey if I attempted to explain that I would be playing the “victim” card.

    You won’t get any disagreement from me if you state that the Obama Party practices institutionalized bigotry and racism.

    The entertaining part will be watching you state that it’s bigoted and racist for conservatives and Republicans to judge people based on the content of their character, rather than doing so on the basis of minority status as does the Obama Party.

    After all, you’re illustrating that nicely here.

    I also really love that “lack of oversight”…so I guess its total bull that blacks and latinos go to jail for longer even if a white person committed the same crime? Or how drug laws are designed in such ways that the only people who get off are rich whites?

    You are subdividing and making assumptions based on skin color and minority status even as you decry making subdivisions and assumptions based on skin color and minority status.

    Your basic problem, Dooms, is that you cannot function without racism or bigotry to blame, because then you would have to take responsibility for your problems being a consequence of your actions. You have been steeped and indoctrinated in the belief that nothing you do should carry consequences because of your skin color and sexual orientation, and as a result, when it does, the only explanation you have is racism and bigotry.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — April 22, 2011 @ 5:13 pm - April 22, 2011

  18. Yeah, Dooms ducks and hides when I ask him to answer a simple question. How dare I hold him to the standards I hold everyone else.

    (Plus Dooms whines about how none of us can understand the horrors of slavery in the past. Hint. Dan’s and my Ancestors were enslaved for a lot longer. Leave the angst card at home Dooms. It’s maxed out)

    Comment by The_Livewire — April 22, 2011 @ 5:28 pm - April 22, 2011

  19. Look buddy, you have no idea what it is you are talking about so just stop, the racism practiced by this blog and its readers is DISGUSTING.

    So you come here to get a masochist tingle?

    I would take your bait about racism, but clearly, nobody knows the trouble you have seen; nobody knows your sorrow. “(You) sweat an’ strain ….Body all achin’ an’ wracked wid pain, …. Tote dat barge! Lif’ dat bale! …. Git a little drunk an’ you lands in jail …. (You) gits weary an’ sick of tryin’ …. (You’re) tired of livin’ an’ skeered of dyin’ …. But ol’man (racism) …. He jes’ keeps rolling’ along …. (N-word) all work on de Mississippi …. (N-word) all work while de white folks play ….Pullin’ dose boats from de dawn to sunset …. Gittin’ no rest till de judgement day …. (Don’t look up an’ don’t look down) …. (You don’ dar’st make de white boss frown) …. (Bend your knees an’ bow your head) …. (An’ pull dat rope until you’re dead)

    Yeah, I heard all about this. Some folks have decided not to play. Sorry you drank the Kool Aid. Good luck to you. The poverty of spirit is the nastiest poverty of all. What size reparation check would be big enough to buy you off?

    Meanwhile, if you have a clear charge about anyone or anything on this site being a racist, bring it on. Or did I goad you enough to be your first, best example? If so, understand I was openly chumming the water for a super sensitive fish to jump into the frying pan. Crying “racism” is such a cheap trick and every time it is played it cheapens real acts of racism. You might say charges of racism are suffering from runaway inflation.

    Comment by Heliotrope — April 22, 2011 @ 5:58 pm - April 22, 2011

  20. Um? I didn’t bring up slavery, you did. See you are so incapable of having an actual exchange of ideas that you need to create a frame for the argument so that your limited understanding of things sounds…”reasonable” (for those of your mind set).

    If you remove your little crack about slavery you look like nothing more than an uninformed bigot.

    Comment by Doom — April 22, 2011 @ 6:06 pm - April 22, 2011

  21. Oh, we understand the “framework” very nicely, Dooms; according to you, we’re all racists, and nothing you ever do or that happens to you is in any way your fault or responsibility.

    Like Heliotrope said, some folks have decided not to play. That certainly does not prevent them from sitting on the sidelines and mocking the race-baiters like yourself who insist that whitey made you comb your hair the wrong way this morning. The fact that you, like your fellow narcissistic racist child Barack Obama, don’t like it when people do it is your problem, not theirs. The fact that you and he act like a reverse-color version of the Klan is well worth mocking.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — April 22, 2011 @ 6:28 pm - April 22, 2011

  22. Oh, I am so sorry and you are so right. You did not mention slavery. I did not realize that you are unaffected by slavery, the Jim Crow laws and the KKK.

    Most of my acquaintances who are black and have come here in the last 40 years find a land of opportunity and have a high level of self esteem unencumbered with having to conquer “institutionalized racism.” I simply erred in assuming that you are carrying a belly full of repeated racial insults that too many multi-generational American blacks have come to rely upon to excuse personal progress.

    You seem to see things through the color of your skin. I wonder how so many successful multi-generational American blacks have made it while not seeing things through the color of their skins.

    White people can get an amnesty certificate for responsibility for the past from Walter Williams. You might see if he has some down loadable certificate freeing you from the ravages of institutionalized racism. He is a very responsive and understanding guy. You might write him. Tom Sowell will also respond to your reasoned debate.

    Comment by Heliotrope — April 22, 2011 @ 7:03 pm - April 22, 2011

  23. Although we tend to agree more often than not, this is one of the few times I can say that we are in COMPLETE agreement on this. To call a business “homophobic” because they pull their advertising due to a despicable column is asinine at best, par for the course at Wonkette I’m sure. Politicians of all stripes are mostly fair game but their kids are not.

    Comment by John — April 22, 2011 @ 7:53 pm - April 22, 2011

  24. *snore* Dooms is the one who claims the colour of his skin gives him insights that we mere mortals can’t comprehend.

    It must be horrible to be a racist like Dooms. OTOH, he’s a natural for becoming AG for this administration.

    Comment by The_Livewire — April 22, 2011 @ 9:20 pm - April 22, 2011

  25. “Its not lowered expectations, its institutionalized bigotry”

    I totally agree that there is institutionalized racism in America. In schools run overwhelmingly by liberals, who think when black students dont do as well on a test as white students, that the test needs to be made easier!

    That is institutionalized racism that says blacks aren’t capable of what white people are.

    There is institutionalized racism when a judge says that a test to become a policeman must be dumbed down because not enough black candidates passed.

    It is institutional racism when we allow black kids to give in to peer-pressure not to “act white” by studying then not hold them accountable when they fail.

    It is institutionalized racism every single time we accept “I’m black” as an excuse for failure. Every time we lower the bar for minorities.

    You are NOT a victim. Life is hard. Suck it up and be a man!

    Comment by American Elephant — April 23, 2011 @ 5:53 am - April 23, 2011

  26. Hi everyone; couldn’t get back here to post until now. Some excellent points here.

    I was also thinking of privilege in terms of the fact that many of the Wonkette-types fit into what liberals deem to be ‘privileged’ groups in other ways – white, male, university-educated, white-collar – basically everything but straight. (Btw, I personally don’t see anything wrong with being any of those things, but liberals often do.)

    I remember my own LGBT group at university (another ex-liberal here!) This was back when the ‘LGBT’ was just ‘LGB’ (well, it was GLB before that, but then the lesbians decided it was ‘sexist’ for the ‘G’ to come first. Or something. There were ‘degrees’ of ‘privilege’ even within the LGB.)

    I’m surprised the bisexuals didn’t insist that the ‘B’ should have come first, purely out of concern for alphabetical order, but bisexuals are, after all, icky sell-outs and cowards who were only ever included in the ‘club’ in the first place by the grace of the Gay God, and were therefore silenced.

    None of the other letters of the alphabet had put in an appearance yet, though the ‘T’ was in the process of shuffling over. There was a butch lesbian in the group who later became a transman, anyway.

    But to get to the point – the entire group was a grievance-fest from start to finish. Never mind that we were all, in the main, ‘privileged’ by liberal standards, in one way or another. Many a meeting was passed whinging about the ‘hardships’ of a life spent clubbing and drinking on the government’s money, or our parent’s money, between occasionally turning up to lectures. All because we weren’t straight. Or something.

    I guess what I’m saying is that an individual can be designated as ‘not-privileged’ in one or more ways, and ‘privileged’ in others.

    So-called ‘white privilege’, ‘straight privilege’ etc – in the modern era, anyway – are largely just ideas designed to make minorities believe that the odds are intrinsically stacked against them. It enables them to eschew personal responsibility; they aren’t required to be held to the same standards as everyone else. Even more disturbingly, they’re being told that they can only ever rely on the State if they want a level playing field.

    Comment by Jo-Ann — April 23, 2011 @ 12:54 pm - April 23, 2011

  27. “Even more disturbingly, they’re being told that they can only ever rely on the State if they want a level playing field.”

    That’s the whole point, Jo-Ann. Progressives want power and one of the surest routes to it they’ve found is to get minorities to believe that they can’t make it in life without the progressive-controlled State. Progressives don’t care about gays, the poor, the oppressed, women, or minorities. Their only interest in them is as tools to help them gain power. Any member of a “victim” group who steps out of line by not supporting progressives will get a taste of what real racism/sexism/classism/homophobia is. Just ask Clarence Thomas.

    Comment by Seane-Anna — April 23, 2011 @ 6:30 pm - April 23, 2011

  28. the racism practiced by this blog and its readers is DISGUSTING.

    Bullshit! You’re perfectly willing to support those you gave you slavery, segregation, Jim Crow laws, the Klan, poll taxes etc. You’ll vote for those who keep you and yours in perpetual bondage and you’re f*king stupid enough to believe that those who only see the content of your character are the “raaaacists”.

    Shut your hole, dooms. Your type of bigotry makes me puke.

    Comment by TGC — April 24, 2011 @ 6:43 am - April 24, 2011

  29. I wonder if Dooms considers Seanne Anna legitimately black? 😉

    Comment by The_Livewire — April 24, 2011 @ 11:53 am - April 24, 2011

  30. Dooms started a good dialogue – then – busted open the “white man is keeping me down” bitching and moaning card. I appreciate the attempt. I really appreciate the responses. Dooms – I have had your overused line of “the racism practiced by this blog and its readers is DISGUSTING” since the late 60’s. It used to work on the weak minded who felt sorry for your plight – then, it became clear that it was just another excuse for personal failure.

    Comment by Killiteten - Native Intelligence — April 24, 2011 @ 5:04 pm - April 24, 2011

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