Bert and Ernie’s Gay Liberation
If you ever want to see straight people go berserk just suggest that one of their favorite heteronormative characters might be gay. It happens with liberals and conservatives. I’ve see it before here on this blog when I wrote a post about Richard Burton being gay, and I’ve seen it in reviews for heteronormative books I’ve parodied with gay characters. But the most interesting thing is the way even the most liberal straight people do not understand what it is to be gay.
There was a story trending all week about the Sesame Street characters, Bert and Ernie, being gay and the comments that were made by a gay staff writer named Mark Saltzman, in an interview. Almost immediately after the interview went live the Sesame Street team sent out a very stern tweet stating, clearly, that Bert and Ernie are not gay.
Then Frank Oz, the Muppets creator, issued his own statement with some of the most classic heteronormative comments about what it is to be gay. It’s interesting because he doesn’t have the slightest clue about what it’s like to be gay, or to grow up gay in a heteronormative world. Yet he takes it upon himself to explain it to gay people as if he’s the authority. That’s privilege.
Frank Oz’s own lack of understanding in his Tweet sounds intensely liberal and well-meaning (and he gamely conversed with detractors on Twitter). “But why that question? Does it really matter?” Well, yes it does when all around you at home, school, and on TV and film is assumed straight; where heterosexuality is the im mediate default.
You can read the rest here. I highly recommend it.
Tennessee Williams Created A Gay Hot Spot
I think everyone knows who Tennessee Williams is.
In 1964, a gay man inadvertently helped turn a tiny Mexican fishing village called Puerta Vallartainto one of the world’s premier vacation destinations for gay and straight people alike.
Here’s more. It’s very true, too. I have several older gay friends who only spend the winter months in Puerta Vallarta. And I have another friend who just moved there full time.
Catholic Priest Burns Pride Flag
This priest was ordered not to burn the pride flag, but he did it anyway.
Kalchik, who joined the Resurrection Catholic Church in 2007, led parishoners in a prayer of exorcism on Friday. That’s when he burned the flag in a portable fire pit in a schoolyard next to the church.
Here’s the rest. I hope they get him evaluated. That’s not normal.