New Film Will Out Gay Republicans
Cross-posted at http://www.jennqpublic.com/
By Jenn Q. Public
If a straight conservative outed a group of gay liberal politicians for any reason at all, the outrage would be palpable. And rightly so.
Funny how a different standard applies when straight liberal filmmaker Kirby Dick announces his intention to out gay Republican politicos. His new documentary film is called Outrage, and its tagline is “A searing exposé of the secret lives of closeted gay politicians.”
From indieWIRE :
The new film examines the double lives of a number of current political figures, mostly Republican men, who have masked their homosexuality through marriage to women and by actively working against the gay community. It explores the stories of politicians who, through their policies and voting records, actively bash gay people in order to prove they themselves are not gay. And it details a media establishment that keeps their secrets. The lives of former elected officials (and even some mainstream media figures) are also examined as the film explores the dual lives of public people who have chosen to live in the closet.
Translation: gay politicians who don’t toe the Democratic Party line are fair game to be pilloried as self-loathing hypocrites by an attention whoring documentarian.
You know, there’s a reason some conservatives toss around words like “gaystapo.”
Dick, a self-anointed hunter-in-chief of gay conservatives, believes that exposing supposed hypocrisy gives him absolute moral authority to force gay Republicans out of the closet. But he just calls it good old-fashioned reporting:
“I think that if someone is in the closet and voting against gay rights then that’s hypocrisy and that’s cause for outing,” Dick told indieWIRE, addressing the issue of responsibility and when it’s appropriate to out people. “You can call it ‘outing,’ but honestly, it’s just reporting… It’s the same as someone who’s had an abortion and then votes against abortion, it’s hypocritical.”
The pretense is that outing is the great equalizer. It is held up as a bold and noble act in defense of gays and lesbians. In reality, it is petty, vindictive, and yes, often catty. Dick’s film is just the latest flagrant attempt to silence and disenfranchise gay Americans who don’t kowtow to a liberal agenda.
The mere suggestion that gays are not an ideological monolith is a threat to the liberal narrative. Liberal gay activists would have you believe that political and sexual identity are inextricably linked, that physical attraction somehow dictates whether one believes in gay marriage or hate speech legislation. Outing is the go-to punishment for betrayal of that narrative.
Publicly exposing the sexual orientation of gay Republican congressmen is, of course, a poor strategy for achieving pretty much anything other than schadenfreude. Most conservatives are indifferent to what goes on in the private bedrooms of public officials so long as all participants are consenting adults.
A representative from Magnolia Pictures, the distributor for Outrage, told indieWIRE the film “could be a ‘game changer’ for same sex civil rights.” They would be hard pressed to come up with a more shallow, tone deaf analysis than that. Smugly celebrating the discomfort of newly outed Republicans won’t help same sex marriage advocates make friends and influence people. At worst, Kirby Dick’s misguided crusade may actually strengthen the resolve of the conservatives who believe that the liberal gay agenda threatens their way of life.
Hat Tip: Hot Air Headlines
Update: Good timing: GayPatriot annouces the upcoming launch of GOProud, a gay conservative organization. Unlike the Log Cabin Republicans, you can expect this new 527 to adequately address issues like the outing of gay Republicans. Also just popping up in my feed reader, Dan Blatt takes on Kirby Dick’s use of hypocrisy to justify the outing of gay Republicans.
Another update: Predictably, the bashing of GOProud has begun, with pages ripped right from the usual liberal playbook. Here’s what’s bouncing around Twitter right now:
GOProud Slogan: We’re like the Log Cabin Republicans — but with 100% MORE self-loathing!
Fifty bucks says the terms self-loathing or self-hating appear more than once in Kirby Dick’s film.