It’s a proven scientific fact that hunger effects cognitive ability. More simply, being hungry keeps you from thinking clearly. So maybe that’s Ann Coulter’s real problem. I don’t know and don’t really care. And I really didn’t want to have to address this since it’s been covered from here ’til Sunday all over the nets, but I feel a dire need to comment on this fiasco.
So I’ll try to make this quick.
While many conservative bloggers and pundits have criticized Ann’s remarks (Matt’s got a nice list of them), several ads have been pulled from her website (Verizon & AT&T at least), and one newspaper has pulled her column, some are still trying to spin her remark into something it wasn’t, including Ms. Coulter herself.
On Sean Hannity’s radio show yesterday–among other places–Ann tried to spin that her remark had nothing to do with homosexuality.
It isn’t offensive to gays. It has nothing to do with gays. It’s a schoolyard taunt, meaning wuss. And unless you’re telling me that John Edwards is gay, it was not applied to a gay person.
Without resorting to name-calling which would be so damned easy, how the hell would SHE know that “faggot” isn’t offensive to gays? How dare she try and say that “faggot” has nothing to do with gays? Bernie Chapin has an entire article trying to explain how Faggot isn’t a hurtful word toward gays. It’s enough to make your head spin clear off of your shoulders.
F*ggot is not a term of hate. It’s a word sometimes used to describe gays as well as a bundle of sticks or branches, a type of meatball, and, way back when, it even represented a unit of measurement. [i] As far as offensiveness goes, there is no reason why it would appall gays; particularly since it has “been employed by gay men in a defiant, self-consciously empowering or self-mocking way.” [ii] Gay advice guru Dan Savage, in his “Savage Love” columns, an adult version of “Dear Abby,” prefaced each query with the salutation of “Hey F*ggot.”
Way to have the courage of your convictions, Bernie. If it’s not a term of hate, why are you not spelling the entire word? Because you know that it is a term laden with hate, just as n*gger is for black people. And just as they sometimes call each other that word, so do we sometimes call each other faggot. Not very often, though, and you don’t get to do it until you’ve had to run from those screaming it at you while they chase you with baseball bats.
And just how stupid do these people think their audience really is? Ann made the remark referring to John Edwards and in the same sentence alluded to the Isaiah Washington incident–which was entirely about homosexuality. But we’re supposed to think Ann was calling Edwards “a bundle of sticks?” Not only is that disingenuous, but it’s downright insulting to the American intelligence. I’m far more pissed off that she’s trying to worm out of her words with blatent misdirection than the fact that she uttered them in the first place.
At least there’s one small bit of real humor to be found in all of this. Following the CPAC convention Ann was photographed with a former gay porn star. JMG’s got the goods on that story. (11″ ? Ouch.)