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    March 07, 2007

    Ann Coulter's fag fetish

    Posted by: Chris

    Sanchezcoulterblog Pretty much everything I would say about the Anne Coulter's fetish with calling Democrats "fags" has already been said by The Nation's resident faggot, Richard Kim:

    So Ann Coulter called John Edwards "a faggot." All this proves is that the woman's gaydar is seriously on the fritz. Last year she diagnosed Bill Clinton as a "latent homosexual" whose "promiscuity" is "reminiscent of a bathhouse." Then on Hardball she called Al Gore a "total fag." Meanwhile, Ted Haggard and Mark Foley stage 120 Days of Sodom right under her nose, and all she can say when confronted with the goods is "who knew Congressman Foley was a closeted Democrat?"

    Ann Coulter couldn't find a homosexual at a Barbra Streisand concert, in San Francisco, on gay pride, if Elton John bitch slapped her in the face. I shudder to think what would become of her on "Gay Straight or Taken?"

    What really has me peeved though is not Coulter's misfiring gaydar, but the histrionic response from Democrats and gay leaders alike. Here's HRC head honcho Joe Solmonese:

    "To interject this word into American political discourse is a vile and disgusting way to sink the debate to a new, all-time low. Make no doubt about it, these remarks go directly against what our Founding Fathers intended and have no place on the schoolyard, much less our country's political arena."

    Likewise, DNC chief Howard Dean called Coulter's remarks "hate-filled and bigoted." "This kind of vile rhetoric is out of bounds," said Dean while calling on Republican presidential candidates to denounce Coulter's remarks.

    Howie, Joe, listen, don't get your panties all in knot over this Coulter-faggot business. What's so "vile," "disgusting," and "low" about being (called) a faggot in the first place? …

    In Coulter's twisted little mind, "faggot" is an insult, not necessarily because it's true, but because "faggot" is so radioactive that even to be called one is damaging.

    But this homophobic logic is exactly what Dean and Solmonese recapitulate in their over-zealous response. One can only believe that being called a faggot is "vile," "digusting" and "low" if one believes, as Coulter might, that being a faggot is vile, disgusting and low. Do Howard Dean and Joe Solmonese believe that?

    That said (and said so well!), I do see justification for the campaign by Solmonese and my friend Neil Giuliano at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation to move the "F word" into the same culturally "banned" category as the "N word."

    For me, it's all about the kids. If there were some other way to get school officials and parents to get serious about stopping the use of anti-gay slurs among kids, some way that didn't involve censoring adult speech, then I'd much prefer that course. But it does seem the quickest avenue to protecting kids, whether gay or effeminate or just different, from bullies is to teach the adults — though in Coulter's case I use the term loosely — the lesson first.

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    1. jim on Mar 7, 2007 4:26:40 PM:

      Really who cares what Ann Coulter says...When she can't win an argument based on facts she resorts to names. Look at how her eyes bug on talk shows and how she just churns and churns and then she causes a scene when she is about to lose her disconnected from reality point. Personally, I think she has serious mental issues and needs some counseling.

      If I was John Edwards I would laugh it off since it comes from a woman who is such a bitter pill that most likely any man would rather eat a package of razor blades than wake up next to her in the morning. Poor sad lonely angry Ann! Bile is poor comfort compared to someone who loves you.., If John Edwards or any man hit on her in a bar she would probably roll over like Fido it would be so easy.

    1. Eek At The Frankenqueer on Mar 7, 2007 4:49:30 PM:

      Whatever, Frankenstein lookalike.

      When a gay person is being bashed, usually the basher is yelling "faggot".

      But since that word isn't hurtful, according to you, I hope it doesn't hurt your feelings if the day ever comes that your blood is all over a baseball bat.

      And with you being an anti-gay faggot, I pray that day happens soon.

    1. John on Mar 8, 2007 3:39:20 AM:

      Kim's reasoning and your identification with it is completely absurd and smacks of a cheap attempt to spin Coulter's vicious debasement of political debate at the expense of the gay community into an incrimination of supposed liberal bias.

      "For me, it's all about the kids."

      That's great, Whitney, but the effects of this kind of hate-mongering from a national political platform extend beyond the schoolyard. I would have hoped you might have realized that after your experience in Amsterdam, but unfortunately that doesn't seem to be the case.

    1. Craig Ranapia on Mar 8, 2007 5:20:09 AM:

      John & Eek:

      Well, much as I despise Coulter, perhaps some sections of the gay blogisphere might not want to ride that particular moral high horse while pulling on the Ann-drag and throwing around language like (to take a few choice cuts) 'cunt', 'cum-bucket', 'anorexic whore', drag queen' (who's supposed to be bringing the homo-hate in that post?), etc.

      If nothing else, why give a foul-mouthed bigot any cover to say 'well, there they go again - and isn't it funny how the liberals don't like the taste of their own medicine'?

    1. Craig Ranapia on Mar 8, 2007 5:24:33 AM:

      BTW, I also hope Messers Dean, Solmonese and Giuliano will be just as quick off the mark if any F-bonbs are dropped on Rudy Guiliani by either side this year.

    1. keith.d on Mar 9, 2007 12:08:48 PM:

      I'm glad to see the conservatives dropping Coultiers columns and the overall disdain among many of their leaders for this type of language.

      It just isn't appropriate. She's using 'faggot' as a pejorative, and I don't identify with that.

      On the other side, it's galling to hear Dean jump in on our defense when he - and Democrats - have done little lately to defend our equality.

    1. North Dallas Thirty on Mar 9, 2007 5:24:43 PM:

      Of course, the irony here is that gays who are screaming about Ann Coulter's insensitive use of language are themselves calling Chris a "Frankenstein lookalike", praying for his "blood to be all over a baseball bat", and saying it would be justified because he's an "antigay faggot".

      The hypocrisy of Neil Giuliano and Joe Solmonese in throwing tantrums over what Ann Coulter says when gays themselves are calling other gays names and hoping they get gaybashed is beyond unbelievable. If those two want to deal with antigay hate speech, they need to start in their own back yard.

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