5.26.2008

the smiling coast of homophobia

The Gambia calls itself "the smiling coast of Africa". Unless you're gay. Or care about human rights and equality.
President Threatens Mass Beheading of Gays

From Slap Upside The Head, one of my favourite activist bloggers. Scroll down to see more of his terrific artwork. The post on California is great.

17 comments:

redsock said...

Meanwhile, Liz Trotta, the former New York bureau chief of the Washington Times, after calling Barack Obama "Osama", says it would be nice if he was murdered.

John said...

What scares me is the probable number of people in North America who probably agree with the President of Gambia, but hide it better.

Redsock - I watched the clip. I think Liz just won an all expenses paid visit from the Secret Service.

deang said...

What scares me is the probable number of people in North America who probably agree with the President of Gambia, but hide it better.

Yeah, there's that bit in the Borat movie where Borat tells an American that in his country they kill gays and the American says something like, "That's what we're trying to do over here."

L-girl said...

What scares me is the probable number of people in North America who probably agree with the President of Gambia, but hide it better.

Yeah, there's that bit in the Borat movie where Borat tells an American that in his country they kill gays and the American says something like, "That's what we're trying to do over here."


I feel obligated to put in the "how far we've come" pitch. I think those types are decreasing in numbers and strength. There's always going to be bigotry, but true acceptance is growing, especially among young people, where it counts the most.

L-girl said...

Redsock - I watched the clip. I think Liz just won an all expenses paid visit from the Secret Service.


Just watched the clip, too.

But I'm afraid Secret Service won't be involved. They exist to protect POTUS and a few others - immediately family of Prez, Veep. Not junior senators. And not popular brown men trying to take power away from POTUS.

I don't think any govt official will care very much about that remark. Just Fox doing their job as usual.

John said...

I feel obligated to put in the "how far we've come" pitch.

I agree with your pitch. If a public official in North America made a similar statement, he or she would meet almost universal condemnation. Canada (and, to a lesser extent, the US) are becoming safer places for the LGBT community every day. I think I'm more optimistic about this issue than my previous statement indicated.

On the Obama issue: they've assigned him a Secret Service detail, right? I was generalizing from some of the stuff I've heard about them investigating supposed threats to the Prez. I guess I'd like to think they'd take Obama's security just as seriously, given the perception of risks to his safety from militant racists.

L-girl said...

John, I'm glad and relieved that you agree. I honestly do think people's hearts are changing (and have changed), not just paying lip service to what they think they should and shouldn't say.

Definitely more in Canada than in the US, but in the US, too.

Re Obama, to my knowledge, there's no official security for him, or any other senator or canadidate, for that matter. Obama's campaign would have to hire and pay for that.

If anyone knows that to be incorrect, please do correct me.

L-girl said...

Immediately after JFK was shot, after Johnson's swearing in, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, no longer the "first lady", had to make her own way back to the family compound in Hyannisport. There was no Secret Service for her - the White House staff wouldn't even give her a private flight. The Kennedy family had to come down and collect her.

redsock said...

I think Liz just won an all expenses paid visit from the Secret Service.

Nah.

In the 90s, Jesse Helms hinted that Bill Clinton might be killed if he came to North Carolina. A few years ago, Ann Coulter suggested someone assassinate Supreme Court Judge Stevens -- and nothing happened.

IOKIYAR.

redsock said...

ABC News, May 3, 2007:

Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama was put under the protection of the United States Secret Service Thursday, the earliest in an election cycle that the Secret Service has placed a presidential candidate under its protection, the Secret Service said. ...

The Secret Service has protected major party candidates ever since New York Sen. Robert Kennedy was gunned down in June 1968.

According to a recent report in Newsday, Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan said he expected to spend $88.5 million next year for bodyguards and bomb-sniffing dogs to protect the 2008 presidential candidates. ...


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L-girl said...

IOKIYAR = great acronym

Those who don't know this one, Google it. :)

L-girl said...

Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama was put under the protection of the United States Secret Service Thursday, the earliest in an election cycle that the Secret Service has placed a presidential candidate under its protection, the Secret Service said. ...

Good to know. Thanks for checking.

Jere said...

I like how Liz Trotta's apology includes:

"It's a very colorful political season and many of us are making mistakes and saying things we wish we hadn't said."

Oh, well, it's okay then.... I hope it's not a "colorful" hunting season!

kim_in_to said...

I think all the rabid homophobics should be shipped off to live in Gambia. Wouldn't that be fun?


May you live in colourful times.

deang said...

true acceptance is growing, especially among young people, where it counts the most.

I hope that is the case. The guy in the Borat movie who made that comment was at least middle-aged. And my 14-year-old Dallas niece recently told me that two of her best friends are gay and she thinks nothing of it (yet she still calls anything she finds uncool "gay").

John said...

The guy in the Borat movie who made that comment was at least middle-aged.

Yup, the growing acceptance of same-sex relationships is a generational shift. I'm 38, and there sure as heck wasn't a gay-straight alliance at my high school!

To be fair, though, I should point out that my progressive views on LGBT issues were strongly influenced by my grandmother, who died a few years ago at the age of 91.

L-girl said...

Progressive thought comes in all ages and generations. I work alongside seniors who have been progressive activists all their lives. My own parents always were.

But comfort level with the mere fact of gay-ness is a more generational thing, I think. People of a certain age and younger are just used to it. It's no big deal. Many people of an older generation had no experience with gay-ness, it was something strange and different. And if they were from a reactionary or conservative background, it was also bad.

I've seen the shift in my mother. She's very progressive, and would never advocate for anything but equality and dignity for all people. But I remember when she referred to someone as "such a nice young man, such a shame he's...that way". "You know".

But the fight for same-sex marriage has normalized it for her. She doesn't make those judgements anymore - it just is.