I guess I’m a little late in talking about the GoFundMe campaign for the anti-gay pizza parlor in Indiana, but I was thinking this morning about how that might piss me off even more than the owners’ homophobia. It’s like when the right-wing media declared Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day in retaliation for the consternation over their donating to anti-gay groups. It’s pretty much impossible to avoid all companies that do disturbing things with their money, but when they come right out and TELL you they’re doing so, they’re pretty much asking for you not to patronize their business. Obviously, if you’re against gay marriage or don’t think it’s a big deal either way, you’re not going to stop buying from these places, assuming you ever did in the first place. Don’t forget that the Chick-fil-A thing was started by Mike Huckabee, one of those former fat guys who now preaches about how terrible it is to be fat, and there he was promoting fast food. And I doubt that local pizza parlor was doing all that much business anyway. Declaring that they wouldn’t cater a gay wedding was the best business move they ever made, as it earned them over $800,000 from an online campaign started by Lawrence Billy Jones III, an employee of Glenn Beck’s Blaze Network. He claimed he wasn’t anti-gay, but that businesses could basically do whatever the hell they wanted. The thing is, don’t businesses already have the right to refuse service for any reason as long as it’s not discriminatory, which really just means they have to CLAIM it isn’t discriminatory? The argument I’ve sometimes come across is whether businesses should be forced to cater to hate groups, like when a store bakery refused to write “Happy Birthday Adolf Hitler” on a cake. (By the way, today is Hitler’s birthday, and I don’t know why I always remember that. It’s kind of creepy, but it’s a memorable date, and I don’t even smoke pot.) As Jon Stewart pointed out, this is a horrible comparison, but that doesn’t mean people won’t use it. I remember hearing a recent story about how SEPTA (the Philadelphia area public transportation company) couldn’t legally ban anti-Muslim ads from their buses.
Putting aside the legality of it, why would anyone donate money to a place that declares themselves anti-gay? It’s not like you’re advancing a cause; it’s pretty much the reverse. And while you might be able to hide behind religious belief if you oppose gay marriage, I don’t think this extends to giving money to other people who vocally oppose it. It’s really just hateful. Oh, and by the way, Memories Pizza seems to have taken the money and run.
Speaking of hate, the vitriol leveled against Anita Sarkeesian continues, and it just makes me wonder why she’s a target. I’ve watched some of her videos, and she comes across as quite calm and personable. If your issue is with militant feminists, why attack the ones who aren’t even remotely militant? I think it’s part of a tactic where, if you smear the moderates, you don’t even have to bother with the radicals. Not that most of the people who attack Sarkeesian are smart enough to PURPOSELY use this tactic, but it’s there nonetheless. If people who bring up the slightest point about how society remains largely patriarchal are compared to Nazis, the women who seriously think men can’t be feminists are just too far off the radar to even mention.
It’s sort of like how every Democratic presidential candidate is immediately called out by the right wing as dangerously left-wing, even though most of them are pretty moderate. Obama certainly is. On the other hand, do moderate Republicans ever run for office? I’m probably showing some bias here, but I do know a fair number of Republicans are in favor of gay marriage, which you’d never know if you just looked at the presidential candidates.
By the way, apparently Religious Right activist Daniel Lapin thinks Islamic extremists are sexy.
Okay, he actually claims that LIBERALS think Islamic extremists are sexy, but which do you think is more likely? According to Lapin, they’re just all so masculine, and our society is way too effeminate, by which I guess he means not willing enough to indiscriminately bomb the entire Middle East. This hard-on for masculinity among such people really gets under my skin (not literally, because that would be pretty gross). If Lapin wants to keep masturbating to the CIA’s most wanted list, that’s up to him.
But the larger issue here is that of painting anyone who has sympathy for the misguided and doesn’t think war is the best way to solve any problem as total wusses. Or, you know, they could have just gotten the message that violence typically begets more violence.
Finally, is Chick-fil-A still proudly anti-gay? I wouldn’t mind eating there again, not that they have them in New York City.