Most of America has moved on from the Chik-Fil-A controversy, but to be gay and leftist is to be perpetually aggrieved. Hence, the latest tantrum from the spoiled brats of the gay left.
Local members of the LGBT community are questioning an Iowa City festival’s partnership with Chick-fil-A, the restaurant chain that drew national protests in 2012 after its CEO spoke out against gay marriage.
Chick-fil-A is among the nearly dozen corporate sponsors for Iowa Soul Festival, an Iowa City Summer of the Arts event that runs Friday and Saturday on the Pentacrest and Clinton Street. The restaurant, through a donation from its Coralville location, is sponsoring Soul Fest’s culinary row.
Janelle Rettig, a Johnson County Supervisor who has been in a same-sex marriage for nearly 26 years, said Chick-fil-A’s sponsorship makes her question whether LGBT people — those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender — are welcome at Soul Fest.
“When they’re a sponsor in a city that prides itself in celebrating diversity, I think we do have to question that,” Rettig said Tuesday. “It’s eyebrow raising, and it makes me wonder if I should even go to Soul Fest because I’m uncomfortable with it.”[...]
Gaia forbid anyone should make a special gay snowflake feel “uncomfortable.”
The director of the Arts Festival proposes a radical solution: If you don’t like Chik-Fil-A, don’t buy their food.
“Festival goers may choose which sponsors and vendors to patronize or visit while attending an event as there are many options available.”
Freedom of choice; what a dangerous and radical concept.
From Time via Weezy.
“Many in the LGBT community are lashing out at the NFL today, claiming homophobia. It’s understandable. Gay men have been told for decades they’re not good enough to play football, they’re not welcome in the locker rooms. Some of those messages have even reverberated in 2014. While the Rams’ decision wasn’t based on homophobia, it’s hard not to afford gay men a little foot-stomping at this latest rejection.”
So, what? The Rams should have kept him on the roster to keep gay people from stomping their pedicured little feet? When did “not hurting gay people’s feelers” become the most important goal in society?
I would also be interested to know exactly has been telling gay men they’re not good enough to play football. Is there a citation for this. or is it under the rubric of ‘things leftists believe which therefore must be true?’ There have probably always been gheys playing football at the college and professional level. Michael Sam was the first one to make a big deal out of it.
GLAAD doesn’t think Hollywood movies are gay enough. They are asking that they may be made much much gayer. (Demands and boycotts to follow.)
GLAAD is asking studios to give their movies a “Vito Russo Test. It’s modeled after the “Bechdel Test,” a concept popularized by “Fun Home” memoirist Alison Bechdel that asks if a work of fiction has two women in it who at some point talk to one another about a topic other than a man. (Some movies said to pass: “Die Hard,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Gone With the Wind.”)
To pass GLAAD’s version of the test, a movie must have an LGBT character who is not “solely or predominantly defined by their sexual orientation or gender identity” and who “must be tied into the plot in such a way that their removal would have a significant effect.” It’s named for Vito Russo, the author of “The Celluloid Closet,” considered a classic text in LGBT entertainment analysis.
Former Colts coach Tony Dungy recently did the worst thing you can do in Obama’s America: He made a commonsense statement that accurately reflected reality.
“I wouldn’t have taken him,’’ said former Bucs and Colts coach Tony Dungy, now an analyst for NBC. “Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it.
Predictably, the left responded with hate, outrage, and f-word-laced commentary.
Tony Dungy didn’t say anything about Michael Sam’s sexuality; just that the media circus surrounding him wad disruptive and that the symbol he represented to the gay activist left would make it impossible to treat him like any other player.
And, by going absolutely nanners because Dungy didn’t say Michael Sam is the greatest athlete ever … the left is pretty much proving Dungy right.
At the Nutroots Nation Convention in 2014, the attendees are wearing name-tags that also announce the attendee’s “preferred gender“… because that’s how silly they have become.
And Gaia help you if you use the wrong pronoun with these people.
The media are hyping a “scientific study” that claimed that children raised in same-sex couples were healthier, smarter, and more well-adjusted than kids raised in heteronormative families. An examination of the methodology of the study both debunks it and determines it to be bunk.
The so-called study does not use random sampling — the gold standard of any type of research — but rather self-selected subjects who knew the purpose of the study beforehand! Furthermore, the same-sex parents in the study self-reported all the information, including the answers to how their children were faring — in other words, the children themselves were not consulted.
In other words, the “scientific study” was about as realistic as taking a poll on Obama’s job performance in the MSNBC cafeteria at lunchtime.
But one can be sure that ignorant people will glom onto this “scientific study” the same way they glom onto the myth that Hobby Lobby makes it illegal for their employees to purchase contraceptives. Unfortunately, lying has so far proven to be a highly-effective means of advancing an agenda, especially when backed up by the mainstream media.
Because Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John F. Kerry have done such a smashing job with US foreign policy and solved all the problems in the world… putting Al Qaeda on the run, restoring global respect for the United States, keeping Russia and China in check, containing Islamist terror, bringing peace throughout the Middle East … Senate Democrats are proposing that the Administration move on to other matters of great importance.
The bill would establish a Special Envoy within the State Department, appointed by the President, to carry out the bill’s mandate. The Special Envoy would “direct all activities, policies, programs and funding relating to the human rights of LGBT people… for all bureaus and offices of the Department of State and in the international programs for all other Federal agencies….”
Under the law there would be a “global strategy requirement” such that within 180 days after enactment the Special Envoy must create a five-year global plan that will first “fully implement” President Obama’s 2011 Presidential Memorandum that first made LGBT the president’s foreign policy priority.
All other problems have been solved. So, let’s get on with the very important work of making American gays feel important so they’ll donate more money to the DNC.
BTW, if LGBT rights are such a big deal to the president, why is arming anti-gay Islamist rebels in Syria? Why does he treat the only country in the Middle East where gay people can enjoy the basic human right of not being put to death by the state for being gay — Israel — so shabbily? Why does he support the anti-gay Islamist Hamas regime?
Something’s not right about this. It’s almost like his rhetoric doesn’t match his actions at all.
MSDNC — a network that is trusted by an amazing 5% of Americans (which is about the same as the percentage of Americans with serious mental illness [6%] which I am sure is just a coincidence)— is shouting that “Rick Perry thinks being a homersexual is exactly the same as being an alcoholic.”
No. He didn’t say that. What Rick Perry [who’s the Republican Governor of the state that’s created by itself more than a third of all the new jobs in the United States over the last decade) actually said is much less… incendiary.
“Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that. I may have the genetic coding that I’m inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way.”
People in control of their own sexuality; what a radical and bigoted concept. /sarc
The ironic part is, he is echoing exactly what the gay left has been shrieking for years, “Gayness is genetic.” But suddenly it’s bigoted to say that; or, more like, politically useful to call that observation (Homosexuality is genetic, just as many other things are genetic, bigotry.)
But the left will continue with these smears because they work well on their low-information voter target audience. They managed to make millions of idiot leftists think Sarah Palin said “I can see Russia from my house,” and believe Mitt Romney was going to outlaw tampons, so it’s pretty much that all the idiot lefty blogs will be running with “Rick Perry said homosexuality is like alcoholism,” and all the left-wing mouth-breathers will be saying, “Yup, rightwingnutjobs claimin’ homersexuals is all alcoholics, or somethin’ I hates me some rightwingnutjobs.”
Follow-up to V’s post on Seattle, last week the California Senate voted to destroy entry-level jobs:
The state Senate on Thursday approved a measure that would gradually raise the minimum wage in California from the current $8 an hour to $13 in 2017, despite warnings from the California Chamber of Commerce that the bill is a “job killer.”
Warning: Gay Left politicians at work!
Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) said his bill is necessary to help lift many of the 7.9 million Californians being paid minimum wage out of poverty. “Income inequality has been spoken of by our president as the defining challenge of our time,” Leno told his colleagues.
He said the current minimum wage is so low it allows many who receive it to get public assistance. “It is our tax dollars that are subsidizing the largest corporations paying these poverty wages.” Leno said. No other state has a minimum wage of $13 an hour…
Related: Calif. Senate votes to reduce penalties for sale of crack cocaine
The “Related” was added by the LA Times (when I pasted the text). Fitting, isn’t it? Because the measure would actually keep poor Californians in poverty, increase inequality, and push more people onto public assistance. Is that Leno’s real goal?
And Chicago also wants a $15/hr minimum wage. It’s trendy.
But not trendy enough for the Swiss: in May, they rejected a high minimum wage by a huge margin. (The Swiss proposal would have been $25/hr by exchange rates, or $14 by PPP adjustment.)
Students at the University of Minnesota in St. Thomas wanted to bring a camel onto campus to acknowledge “hump” day (not to be confused with “Sex Week.“) But the event was canceled after some students — I am not making this up – objected because the presence of a camel might offend students from the Middle East.
Students took to Facebook to proclaim their concerns. The students said they were concerned about the money spent on bringing the camel to campus—around $500—and the implication that it would be racially insensitive to Middle Eastern cultures.
So, if the sight of a camel is said to offend Middle Easterners… what other types of animals are too offensive to have on a college campus?
Ban Buffalo –Might offend American Indians
Ban Elephants — Might offend Africans
Ban Pandas — Might offend Asians
Ban Siamese Cats — Might offend Thais.
Ban Turkeys — Might offend the Turkish
Ban Moose — Might offend Canadians
Below the jump is the response of the college administration; notable mainly for its tone of “Oh, you guys are so great and all of opinions are valid and you’re all special snowflakes whose opinions really matter a lot.” Calling out stupid, ignorant people on their ignorance and stupidity is just not done.
Oh, Good Lord,
Oprah Winfrey’s OWN cable network announced Wednesday it’s creating a docuseries that will follow Michael Sam, the first openly gay man drafted to the National Football League, as he starts his career with the St. Louis Rams.
“We are honored that Michael is trusting us with his private journey in this moment that has not only made history but will shape it forever,” said Winfrey.
All because of his awesome achievement of being gay.
Do you think he’ll be Time’s Person of the Year? Nobel Peace Prize, maybe? They’ve been given away for less.
It has been noted previously that Michael Sam has been playing the game of “I should have been drafted a lot sooner, but I was not and some other factor than my ability is obviously the reason for that.” And the lefty media establishment has been eager to fill in the blank by identifying “some other factor” as a word that rhymes with “Momorobia.”
But, there may have been a way in which Michael Sam’s awesome sexuality was a factor on the minds of NFL owners.
“I spoke to one NFL team that suggested it was interested in drafting Sam and had no concerns about him fitting into its locker room or creating any distractions. The team was instead worried what the public perception would be if it drafted and then cut him — and this team had projected Sam as an extremely late pick, likely to be on its roster bubble — even if it made the move solely for football-related reasons.”
A perfectly valid point. The left uses victimhood status as both shield and cudgel against criticism of those whose primary claim to fame is their status as a member of a protected victim group. Criticism of Obama is, de facto, racism. Criticism of Hillary is, de facto, sexism. And criticism of Michael Sam is, de facto, homophobia. And drafting him his inviting trouble from those who care nothing about the game of football except as a vessel for advancing the Party Agenda.
A player for the Miami Dolphins has been fined, suspended, and sentenced to Tolerance Camp for sending an unsupportive tweet upon the occasion of Michael Sam’s drafting and the PDA that followed.
Also, despite the unprecedented media adulation, Michael Sam is still kinda bitter about being picked seventh from last in the NFL draft.
“From last season alone, I should’ve been in the first three rounds. SEC Defensive Player of the Year, All-American,” Sam said during a conference call, adding that other teams chickened out on selecting him.
Get over yourself princess, there are other possible explanations as to why you weren’t everybody’s first pick on the dodgeball team.
Also, NBC’s Matt Lauer drives home the point that it doesn’t matter what a player does on the field, but who he goes to bed with at night that the MFM care about by calling for more gay Affirmative Action in the NFL. (Once again citing the tiresome “Right side of history” cliche leftists use because, apparently, being a leftist gives you the power of precognition to know how History is going to work out.)
“The big picture here in terms of the NFL, is this a sea change or is this a one-off? Is this the league moving to the right side of history? Which by the way, they really can’t do unless more players come forward.”
MTV – A network that used to be famous once – is joining the left’s War on Nonconformity and Individuality.
On Thursday, MTV announced that it would be launching a “Look Different” initiative designed to uncover “hidden racial, gender and anti-LGBT bias.” MTV will be creating a documentary on Millenials’ perceptions of race and fairness temporarily titled “Untitled Whiteness Project,” a public service announcement series, an “Implicit Bias Quiz” and a week-long “Racial Bias Cleanse” program to help re-educate young Americans about their bias.
“A week long Racial Bias Cleanse”sounds like really nasty spa treatment.
And you thought Harrison Bergeron was a work of fiction.
So, gay athlete Michael Sam — the gay athlete who’s gay — was drafted by the Rams this week, which is totes awesome because he’s gay. Cue: Epic level squeeing from people who don’t much care about football normally.
Did I mention that Michael Sam is gay? Because he’s gay, you know.
Never has ESPN reacted with such teenage-girls-Beatles-Sullivan-Show like excitement to the 249th pick in the NFL Draft. The President even took a break from
the hard work of developing a fiscally responsible budget plan and consulting with international leaders on matters of global importance his weekly golf game to call and congratulate the NFL’s 249th Draft Pick.
‘Cos don’t you get it? He’s gay! Gay! GAY! Gay! Gay! Gay!
What position does he play? Is he any good? Who cares? He’s GAY.
And that’s like, super-important, because no one cares about how he performs on the field, it just matters who he sleeps with at night.
Just another little reminder that in a Socialist society, the only purpose of sport is to serve the party and the agenda.
Mark Steyn is, as usual, brilliant, insightful, and sharp as eagle’s talon. (KCRob tipped this, though I had seen it already. But his tip made me decide it was postworthy.)
Some pajama boy at the White House evidently felt getting the First Lady to pose with this week’s Hashtag of Western Impotence would reflect well upon the Administration. The horrible thing is they may be right: Michelle showed she cared – on social media! – and that’s all that matters, isn’t it?
Just as the last floppo hashtag, #WeStandWithUkraine, didn’t actually involve standing with Ukraine, so #BringBackOurGirls doesn’t require bringing back our girls. There are only a half-dozen special forces around the planet capable of doing that without getting most or all of the hostages killed: the British, the French, the Americans, Israelis, Germans, Aussies, maybe a couple of others. So, unless something of that nature is being lined up, those schoolgirls are headed into slavery, and the wretched pleading passivity of Mrs Obama’s hashtag is just a form of moral preening.
An epic disaster would actually be an improvement on this administration’s performance.
Mel Brooks’s 1974 classic Blazing Saddles – which satirized the stupidity of racism through the medium of a parody of Western Movies — could not be made today. The dour, Race-Thumping Puritanical Goons of the Left have lost the mental capacity to distinguish between satire of racism and actual racism (such as the Democrat Party’s belief that minority voters are too lazy and stupid to get voter ID’s).
Anyway, 40th Anniversary Edition has been released. Probably best to get a hold of a copy before is disappears like those “racist” and “violent” Bugs Bunny cartoons from the 40′s.
Maybe there are more important things in life that whether a Japanese video game has same sex marriage in its virtual world. Then again, maybe there aren’t.
Tye Marini, a gay 23-year-old Nintendo fan from Mesa, Arizona, launched the campaign last month, urging Kyoto, Japan-based Nintendo Co. and its subsidiary Nintendo of America Inc. to add same-sex relationship options to English versions of the hand-held Nintendo 3DS game [Tamadochi Life].
The game was originally released in Japan last year and features a cast of Mii characters — Nintendo’s personalized avatars of real players — living on a virtual island. Gamers can do things like shop, visit an amusement park, play games, go on dates and encounter celebrities like Christina Aguilera and Shaquille O’Neal.
“I want to be able to marry my real-life fiancé’s Mii, but I can’t do that,” Marini said in a video posted online that attracted the attention of gaming blogs and online forums this week. “My only options are to marry some female Mii, to change the gender of either my Mii or my fiancé’s Mii or to completely avoid marriage altogether and miss out on the exclusive content that comes with it.”
It doesn’t outrage me that Nintendo might put gay marriage in a simulation game; but I am amused that there are those who Kirking Out because there is no ghey marriage in Tomodachi. Shouldn’t You Have a Real Life Before You Start Whining About a Fake One?
The 5th of May is a day on which many Americans celebrate a phony holiday ginned up by the Maltese branch of a Mexican beer company.
When students at Dartmouth wanted to hold a “Phiesta” in conjunction with Cinco de Cerveza, they were called racist and shut down faster than a Condi Rice commencement speech.
Some Americans who held up American flags outside an American high school on Cinco do Cerveza were called racists by the kind of people who think Ed Schultz and Alan Grayson are great intellects.
But an MSDNC staffer wearing a sombrero and shaking maracas? Totally cool.