FCC Investigating Stephen Colbert’s Homophobic Jokes
This isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Alec Baldwin went on a public rant that could rival any Twitter meltdown with homophobic slurs and Hollywood is still patting him on the back and giving him more work. You can google that and find all the info you need. I’m not linking right now.
And now Stephen Colbert did his brand of questionable male on male jokes and no one seems to be taking it seriously. That is until now. The FCC is going to investigate whether or not his jokes were considered obscene. From what I gather they’re not investigating whether or not they are homophobic, though. And that doesn’t surprise me. Gays are always the last minority to get any kind of satisfaction and we’re expected to be the clowns and court jesters. The stereotypes are so painfully evident. I’m not judging him or trying to censor him. What I’m suggesting is breaking down the double standards that still exist for gays, and holding people who are coming from places of privilege accountable for it.
One of the reasons I stopped watching American Idol was because of the way Simon Cowell used to joke around with Ryan Seacrest about being gay. From all accounts, Seacrest isn’t gay. But I got sick and tired of the jokes. They never would have joked that way about anyone else without getting into trouble.
The FCC’s response will depend on whether Colbert’s remarks are considered “obscene.”
“We are going to take the facts that we find and we are going to apply the law as it’s been set out by the Supreme Court and other courts and we’ll take the appropriate action,” he told Talk Radio 1210 WPHT Thursday.
You can check this out here. I think I’m more offended by the fact that almost no one thought what Colbert said was homophobic and offensive to gay men.
Here’s another piece from TMZ. Harvey came through for me this time.
Stephen Colbert gave the weirdest apology/non-apology in recent memory … sort of walking back his presidential male-on-male oral sex joke … seemingly saying gay men who partake are “American Heroes.”
Colbert was criticized by some who felt his remark during Monday night’s monologue — “The only thing your mouth [Trump’s] is good for is being Vladimir Putin‘s cock holster” — was homophobic.
I think this sums things up very well.
Comedy is an effective means of protesting the new administration. But these particular jokes rest on homophobic assumptions. The supposed humor in sexual jokes about Trump and Putin lie in the jokes’, well … gayness. Suggesting that two putative straight men might be romantically or sexually involved is extra funny: It emasculates them, subjecting them to ridicule and derision. On the other hand, imagine if Colbert were to suggest that Marine Le Pen, another Putin ally, is good only for sexual acts, or joked about a romance between Trump and Le Pen. Such jokes would likely be (rightly) criticized as both misogynistic and humorless.
It should be interesting to see what the FCC determines. Frankly, I don’t have high hopes, though. It’s obviously still okay to do this to gays.
Russian Newspaper Fat Shames Women and Slams Gays
This is really awful. About as awful as this brand of fat shaming gets. And it guts me every time I see it happen. But what’s even worse is the gay hate coming from this piece.
Titko was also angry with the women of Manchester for having fat “hanging from their bodies.”
“Their women are so fat, they look disgusting to their men,” she quotes a Russian friend as saying.
How many kinds of wrong is THAT? Here’s what is said about gays…
She then goes on to describe the “disgusting” exploits of same-sex couples holding hands, kissing in bars, and admiring “explicit” murals as gays are wont to do — including a piece of art featuring Batman and Superman necking.
You can read more here. There are comments.
Breaking Up On Spotify
I’m not taking this one too seriously, but I do think it’s a good example of how social media has changed some of our lives. Who would have thought…
Breaking up is never easy to do, although some enterprising millennials are trying their best to have a bit of fun with it.
19-year-old Kirsten Titus is a student at Brigham Young University who thought it would be cute to break up with her beau Wyatt Hall via Spotify playlist.