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Tue Aug 14, 2018, 07:29 PM Aug 2018
Homophobia isn't funny, so why are liberal comedians using it? [View all]https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/opinion-casual-homophobia-comedy-trump-jokes_us_5b698a50e4b0de86f4a5143d?section=us_queer-voices
It appears more glaring in the Trump era. Weve seen well-meaning liberals and late-night comedians, from Jimmy Kimmel to Stephen Colbert (and, more recently, even the New York Times editorial page), come under fire for joking that Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are sex partners, often with Trump in the submissive role. Trump is Putins cock holster, Colbert cracked last year.
Chelsea Handler attempted to demean Attorney General Jeff Sessions a few months ago by calling him a bottom. Shes also joked that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) ― whos long denied rumors that hes gay ― must be a victim of blackmail, with someone holding a dick sucking video over his head. Wouldnt coming out be more honorable? Handler asked.
Queer people have certainly joked about Graham and the rumors. I have myself. But Handlers tweets about these Republican men, coming from a straight liberal within a particularly mocking context and using gay and bisexual mens sexual slang, comes off as an attempt to humiliate the target by associating them with gay sex.
In fact, bottom shaming is a running theme. Kimmel, feuding with Sean Hannity on Twitter in April, asked Hannity whether Trump prefers him to bottom, trying to ridicule him in the same way Colbert tried to ridicule Trump with his cock holster line. Over the past decade weve seen similar kinds of jokes in Seth Rogens films and films by director Judd Apatow. Yet both men ― like Kimmel, Handler and Colbert ― are progressive Hollywood champions of LGBTQ rights.
Tolerating casual homophobia opens up a space for more blatant forms of bigotry. Thus, in 2018 we still see comedians imitating gay men with stereotyped, effeminate, high-pitched voices, something Dave Chappelle continually works into his routines. Another classic smear persists as well: calling someone gay as an insult in retaliation for something offensive he or she did. The most prominent recent example was Kim Kardashians slap back at Tyson Beckford for fat shaming her in discussing her body. Sis we all know why you dont care for it, Kardashian tweeted, followed by teacup, frog and nail polish emojis.
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It is worth reading the entire article. It has become harder to be gay in this country in the last year and a half. At some point, we have to decide this behavior isn't OK. It isn't OK to use homophobia to attack your enemies. Just like no one would let liberals use racism to attack conservatives we shouldn't be using sexism and homophobia to do so. The simple fact is that it is hard enough to be gay in some parts of this country. Every time being gay is used to attack our enemies makes it that much harder.
In a couple of days I return to school. I will be advising our county's first GSA. But this isn't about me. It is about the students. We can do better. They deserve better. We haven't arrived yet and the fact that homophobia still works is proof of that.
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Homophobia isn't funny, so why are liberal comedians using it? [View all] dsc Aug 2018 OP
I disagree manor321 Aug 2018 #1
I'm not reading/seeing it as homophobia. I see it as dominance. bitterross Aug 2018 #2
so "insulting" trump by comparing him to a woman (the "bottom") is ok? this shit is as old as the hi TheFrenchRazor Aug 2018 #14
It is happening because people don't give a shit. Behind the Aegis Aug 2018 #3
Nearly all comedy makes fun of somebody. GeorgeGist Aug 2018 #4
Punching up is better than punching down. WhiskeyGrinder Aug 2018 #5
Why people think cocksucking as a punchline doesn't hurt either women or gay people (or both!) WhiskeyGrinder Aug 2018 #6
Especially given that I imagine most of the people using the term as an insult mythology Aug 2018 #12
I honestly didn't know that you were gay. Not that it would have mattered one bit. Blue_true Aug 2018 #7
It has been 3 scant years since my marriage (of 37 years) was recognized Ms. Toad Aug 2018 #9
I guess there is such a thing as straight privilege. Blue_true Aug 2018 #10
Thank you for posting this. Ms. Toad Aug 2018 #8
Homophobia can and should be funny Major Nikon Aug 2018 #11
Thanks for sharing this. It's important to think about these things. mythology Aug 2018 #13