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Bob Costas, Caitlyn Jenner, Arthur Ashe Award; Hairdresser Bans Homophobes; Gay Happily-Ever-After

Bob Costas, Caitlyn Jenner, Arthur Ashe Award

The elderly sportscaster, Bob Costas, recently commented about Caitlyn Jenner, transgender woman formerly known as Bruce Jenner who won an Olympic Gold Medal in 1978, getting the Arthur Ashe Award. Costas seems to think that someone other than Jenner is probably more deserving of the award…and, he thinks this is all about exploitation. I’m going to post a few quotes and comment. This is an excellent example of a straight person coming from a place of privilege not getting the point.  And this has nothing to do with being politically correct. This is about understanding what Jenner experienced.

This is what the Arthur Ashe award is about:

The award is part of the annual ESPN sports awards show and is given to someone who shows ‘strength in the face of adversity, courage in the face of peril and the willingness to stand up for their beliefs no matter what the cost.’

Costas said this:

I’m pretty sure they could have found someone who was much closer to actively involved in sports, who would have been deserving of what that award represents,’ said Costas.

Think about that for a moment, and then read what the award is all about again. And then think about the fact that Jenner spent 65 years living as a man when he secretly identified as a woman. During this time, he won an Olympic gold medal, one of the highest sports achievements on the planet.

Then Costas said this:

Costas thinks Jenner was chosen for one simple reason: ‘I think this is a play to pump up audience the way lots of things are put on television, to attract eyeballs, not because of the validity, but because of whatever the kind of gawker factor is.’

This is where the straight man of privilege just doesn’t get it. He will never know what it takes to come out as L, G, B, or T. He will never know what it’s like to live with the secret, the shame, the self-loathing, and the ridicule. Will Jenner attract “eyeballs?” Of course he will, and that’s partly because he had the courage to come out in such a public way. Sometimes there’s a huge difference between exploitation and something that is so attention-worthy it’s hard to ignore. Unfortunately, I’m sure Costas is not the only one who feels this way, and I’m certain he’ll just never get it.

You can read the rest here. The comments tend to vary, but most support Jenner and one even mentions Arthur Ashe and HIV.  

Hairdresser Bans Homophobes

Aside from the fact that I rarely hear anyone refer to a stylist as a hairdresser anymore, this is an interesting article about turning the tables around.

The sign in the window of Russell Hughes’ hair salon in Prestatyn, North Wales, reads: “If you are racist, sexist, homophobic or an a**hole… don’t come in.”

Hughes posted it there earlier this week after a father, who has evidently never stepped foot in a hair salon, was shocked to learn that the well-dressed man about to cut his son’s hair… was gay!

Yesterday I posted about the homophobia I see on Twitter all the time, which usually comes in the form of using the word “gay” as a pejorative. There’s now a hashtag that says, #thatssostraight, to show how gay people can turn things around, too, with straight people.

You can read the rest here. I’m not normally a fan of an eye for an eye, however, I can’t fault someone for being hurt and fed up with discrimination.

Gay Happily-Ever-After 

I don’t think I’ve ever written a novel that didn’t have a happy ending…or happy for now. So I’m thrilled to see that we now have a fairytale that’s gay with a happily-ever-after trope.

How often in fairy tales does the brave knight rescue the princess and they live happily ever after? Well, Daniel Errico’s added a bit of a twist to that old story with The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived, which just premiered on Hulu.

“LGBT relationships are typically avoided in children’s media or labeled age-inappropriate, putting kids at a disadvantage towards understanding later on in life,” Errico told The Huffington Post about putting the fairy back in fairy tale. “It’s important for kids’ movies and TV to introduce the world in a nurturing and positive way, which means creating multi-dimensional LGBT main characters.”

The rest can be read here, you’ll love it. If you don’t like happily-ever-after, think about the significance of this…and the fact that it took Hulu to do it. What is even more interesting is that there’s strong chance that Mary Poppins was written as a lesbian, by PL Travers, and you’ll rarely ever see that come up anywhere in heteronormative circles. I’m sure Bob Costas wouldn’t get this one either. 

The Rainbow Detective Agency: On Fleek


Is Perfect English Discriminatory? Bob Costas & Russian Anti-Gay Laws

Is Perfect English Discriminatory?

I often argue with Tony about how I prefer common usage, as language evolves, as opposed to what’s considered “perfect” grammar. And if someone says “I feel badly,” instead of “I feel bad,” I don’t mind at all but he often cringes. That’s just a very basic example of how language evolves and it goes much deeper than this. The fact is that certain things that would not have been acceptable fifty years ago are now things we don’t think twice about…pardon that pun…and many of us don’t even know it. At one time it would have been blasphemous to end a sentence with a preposition and I doubt most people these days even know that…and rightly so.

In any event, this article is one of the best I’ve read so far on the topic of how to speak English. It even gets into whether or not we’re discriminating at times with regard to common usage.

That few people have heard of the Proto-Indo-Europeans, or know about language evolution, children’s language acquisition or the current process of language extinction, seems to me to be a crying shame. But the insights of linguistics are of social and political as well as intellectual importance.

The modern study of language has shown that all native speakers are experts in their language. Almost all judgments about someone’s language – the laziness of a glottal stop, the slowness of rural speech, the supposed ugliness of a particular urban accent – have no linguistic justification and reflect only the prejudice of the judger. However, very few people are aware of these basic findings.

You can read more here. It’s absolutely fascinating. The next time I hear something that doesn’t sound perfect I won’t be so quick to judge.

Bob Costas & Russian Anti-Gay Laws

When I post and link to articles this way I’m always trying to condense things for readers who don’t have the time to follow everything that’s happening, and also talk about things the mainstream media often ignores. In this particular case, with regard to Gays, Anti-Gay Russian Laws, and the Winter Olympics I have yet to hear anything on local or national news on television. I don’t expect it either. This evening a local newscaster reported a story about a new hospice center opening in the Philadelphia area and she smiled so much and spoke with such a jovial tone you would have thought she was talking about a new exhibit at Disney World. Evidently, she’s never had to deal with hospice, or what happens in hospice centers. And with this small blog I try to put “things” out there people normally wouldn’t hear from the buffoons who work in broadcast TV, and get paid millions of dollar to blow smoke up everyone’s butt.

In any event, this article talks about Bob Costas and how he stated he’s not going to comment on Russia’s anti-gay laws, but would rather interview Vladimir Putin instead. I think he has about as much a chance of doing this as E.L. James has of winning the Pulitzer Prize. But what do I know?

The sportscaster’s comment did not go unnoticed. Many felt that in saying this Costas wanted to avoid the topic altogether.

But he’s claiming that’s not so:

“If Putin doesn’t drag his butt into the studio, then we’ll talk about it without him,” Costas said during an Olympics press preview. “But if he shows up, we’d rather talk to him. Wouldn’t you rather hear it from the horse’s mouth? I would. That’s what I was trying to say.”

Personally, even if he does get the interview with Putin I’ll never know. I’m still for a full boycott based on the anti-gay laws in Russia and I won’t be watching or supporting anything Olympic oriented this year. If this had been any other minority in the US and Russia had laws against them we wouldn’t even consider going there this year.

My prediction is that Costas and NBC and everyone else pushing for the Olympics will get by unscathed and after the Olympics are over Putin will do whatever he wants with gays. And so will other Russian figures who hate gays. I just hope six million people don’t have to die again at the hands of a maniac before someone starts taking this seriously.