Friday, May 13, 2005
OR IS IT A LAME DESIRE TO RIP OFF SPY? NOT THAT WE DON’T UNDERSTAND:
Wait a minute. Didn’t he want Bolton confirmed?
posted by Sully 5/13/2005 11:50:00 AM
We have to hand it to the unknown author of the Sully parody (under the mug-shot photo of Paul Rubens) at huffingtontoast. He has Smalltown Boy’s blog-fed delusions of grandeur nailed.As for Benedict, who saw fit to respond to the heartfelt e-mail I sent him describing my crisis of conscience with a Vatican form letter: you’ve made yourself a powerful enemy, old man. I’ve slain a few dragons in my time — ask Howell Raines, if you can find him — and there’s still a nice pontiff-sized space above my mantle. Either you change your position on gays post haste or I start dialing up cardinals and asking them how they’d like to be Pope. I anxiously await your next move. Punk.
posted by Sully 5/13/2005 11:44:00 AM
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
UH, OOOPS, SCRATCH THAT:
Roger Ailes reports that the big bad al-Qaa’idah No. 3 whose capture Sullivan cheered last week may really only have been the organization’s Richard Laymer.
posted by Sully 5/11/2005 04:30:00 PM
FROM HIS BLOG, WE’D RATHER NOT KNOW HIM:I think blogging has been a boon to Mickey Kaus, because it suits his personality.If so, he must be even more of a prick in person.
In fact, given Kaus’s penchant for obnoxious fake-editor asides and his lambasting of his hometown paper, the LA Times, for not having a gossip column (among many other things), we’d say that in spirit if not flesh he is about the metrosexualest metrosexual around.
posted by Sully 5/11/2005 04:26:00 PM
SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES, REALLY IT DOES IV:
You have to love all these displays of internalized homophobia that underlie his latest anti-metrosexual campaign. Especially from Mr. “No Fats or Fems” himself.
UPDATE: s.z. notices the parallel here that we did, an awfully funny one given that the Christianist columnist she refers to (scroll down to number 8) has been noted disapprovingly by Sullivan in the past.
SECOND UPDATE: Whoa. Waremouse, whom we haven’t linked to in a long time, lets fly on this one.Meanwhile, Andrew “I am bear, hear me roar” Sullivan is once again expressing his pathological irritation with metrosexuals and “feminization,” going so far as to coach straight guys on how to embrace their masculinity. Mind you, I have my own objections to metrosexuals, having to do mainly with its vacuous, hollow consumerism. But I am equally tired of this pervasive bear head trip, as if a beer belly and hairy back makes you more of a man, and therefore superior, than some “crazed, plucked product queens.” This ostentatious display of masculinity (or at least its appearance) is as much theatre and illusion as RuPaul’s. Just go to any leather contest if you need further proof that under all that animal hide they're still just a bunch of beauty queens.
I find queens like Rocco and Andrew Sullivan sadly ironic. In the pampered confines of their respective urban gay ghettos, they pontificate about what it takes to be a “real” man. To them, it all boils down to trappings like playing sports, growing facial hair, taking testosterone supplements, and voting republican. Meanwhile, out in the real world away from the security of Dupont Circle or Chelsea, plenty of nelly boys demonstrate more “manly” courage living under the masculine brutalization than either of these guys have ever demonstrated in their lives, yet Rocco and Sully still cheer such brutalization on from the sidelines. And it’d be nice to see if either one of these guys have the balls to walk in the average transgendered queen’s pumps coming home from a gig at Chaos or Ziegfield’s.
This shitty mentality irritates me because it is the kind of thinking that fuels the larger conservative backlash that's been engulfing this country for the past 25 years. The delusion of being able to macho your way out of stigmatization and oppression is what fuels these jokers’ popularity and attracts gay men to the conservative movement.
I for one am through with indulging other people’s delusions of assimilation, especially when in the process they are selling the rest of us down river for their own advancement. The gay community may be messy, conflicted, and chaotic, but it is also something I believe in and ultimately embrace. These tormented souls who seek only to tear it down really ought to either get over themselves or get the fuck out of the gay community and stop using it as their whipping horse and gravy train.
posted by Sully 5/11/2005 04:23:00 PM
As usual, always click on the link. Not only does the currently quoted quote not, or no longer, appear at all in the original story, we get some context:
The director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Project at Human Rights Watch, Scott Long, believes the attack against Crain might be as much about current tensions over immigration as it is about homophobia, the website 'gay.com' reported.
There are almost a million Muslims living in the Netherlands, many of whom are immigrants from Morocco and Turkey.
Amid a culture clash with the predominantly Christian ethnic Dutch, immigrant Muslims have been reported to view homosexuality with disdain.
This view and differences over the treatment of women, concerns of immigrant crime and issues of integration have sparked a backlash against immigration from ethnic Dutch.
"'There's still an extraordinary degree of racism in Dutch society. Gays often become the victims of this when immigrants retaliate for the inequities that they have to suffer," Long said
Look, the fact is that in the Netherlands, Muslims are as much the victims of attacks as perpetrators:
By turning his usual blind eye to the skinhead attacks on North African immigrants, Sullivan is being more than disingenuous here. He’s being dangerous.
Said, a student teacher taking part in prayers, says the police were on guard at the mosque during the holy month of Ramadan.
He didn’t feel any personal danger, but thinks the action of one extremist in murdering Mr Van Gogh has damaged the whole Muslim community in Holland. But, he adds, it has opened up a necessary debate about how Holland treats its different ethnic and religious groups.
Said says the government is not doing enough to make life easier for Muslims.“Integration has to come from both sides. It’s not one way. There are two ways and they have to be open to each other,” urged Said.
posted by Sully 5/11/2005 04:13:00 PM