Monday, October 22, 2007

Harry Potter and the US Presidential Race

Yup - Brownback supporters are very angry about J.K. Rowling' claim that she sees her fictional character Albus Dumbledore as being gay:
-Psycheout at Blogs 4 Brownback called it “revolting,” saying “Dumbledore is a gay homosexual who doesn’t deserve to live on G-d’s green earth.”
Amazing. Perhaps this guy would have been alright with the outing had Dumbledore been one of the non-gay homosexuals.

Pandagon also has an excellent post on the Dumbledore buzz and the conservative portrayal of romantic relationships in the Harry Potter series.

In the meantime, the Log Cabin Republicans are angry that Mitt Romney turned away from his previous stance of relative tolerance. Their response has been to 'smear' him by producing an ad which quotes him as saying:
“I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country,’’ and, “I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years that we should sustain and support it."
Wonderful - punish Romney for turning anti-gay by claiming that he isn't sufficiently anti-woman. Thanks, guys. Don't the Log Cabin kids understand that all the Republican candidates are running on identical homophobia platforms? Their base demands it of them. Their supporters seem to fear allegedly gay imaginary characters. Really, is playing into conservatives' irrational fear of all liberals a good agenda for a gay community seeking societal acceptance?

UPDATE: Not shockingly, Bill O'Rilly is using this as an opportunity to do a little fear mongering. Yup: "J.K. Rowling is a provocateur... and now is going to let all hell break loose." Talk about out of touch with reality.

But that's just the Fox propaganda network, right? No other news network would even cover this, much less try to sensationalize it, right? Wrong - according to MSNBC guest Robert Knight, head of the Culture and Media Institute, an allegedly gay Dumbledore is dangerous because kids who look up to him will try homosexuality and contract STDs. Because no one ever got an STD from straight sex. It is ridiculously embarrassing to watch Dan Abrams of MSNBC try to emulate O'Rilly's style. Just because one moron gets ratings, should we all act like buffoons?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Doesn't anyone realize that Dumbledore is a fictional character?

Casmall said...

A fictional character that the author just imagined being gay! This story is so far removed from reality its mind boggling.

La Pobre Habladora said...

You really do have to be the sort of person who can seriously suspend your sense of disbelief to believe that there is any 'gay agenda' or that homosexuality poses any threat to heterosexuality. The treatment of Dubledore as a real person and as a threat is a symptom of a much deeper problem - general paranoid craziness.