When I tell people that once, when I was in 7th grade Sunday school class, I was shown a video starring Kirk Cameron and his wife Chelsea Noble that illustrated the dangers of sex with laughing carnival workers and evil clowns, they don’t believe me. Well, here it is (presented in three parts, after the jump).
Every time I see Kirk Cameron — especially now, speaking out about how homosexuality is “unnatural” and “detrimental” — I think of my 13-year-old self sitting in a dark classroom, terrified, watching the 1993 Focus on the Family abstinence-only “educational presentation” called “Sex, Lies & … The Truth.” The beginning of the film isn’t subtle: Shots of Kirk and Chelsea talking about delaying sex until marriage are interwoven with warped shots of haggard carnival workers laughing maniacally; close-ups of antiquated games, a cackling clown, and menacing rides; and a frightening-looking roller coaster in motion, camera placed firmly at the front car’s helm. “I think it’s real easy sometimes to look at life like it’s just this great ride or it’s just this awesome game, and you’re out to have as much fun as you can,” Kirk begins. Keep reading »
Color me disgusted. I thought I lost all respect for Kirk Cameron back when the newly born-again sitcom star had a big moral hissy fit about his co-star Julie McCullough’s past as a Playboy centerfold and got her fired from “Growing Pains.” But after the incredibly offensive, self-righteous comments Cameron made to Piers Morgan, I somehow lost even more respect for him. His respect account is overdrawn, let’s put it that way.
Look, it’s not like I was surprised to hear the former Mike Seaver say he doesn’t support gay marriage. Not after the whole Playboy thing. But what he said about homosexuality in general was shockingly intolerant, even for him. Cameron told Morgan, ”I think that it’s … unnatural. I think that it’s detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.”
Yeah. He really said that. Out loud and everything. Read more…
It’s all starting to come together now. Why Kim Kardashian needed to get rid of Kris Humphries after only 72 days of marriage. On the latest episode of “Kourtney & Kim Take New York,” he seemed awfully concerned with Jonathan Cheban’s (Kim’s PR guy) sexual orientation. Like, suspiciously so. Could someone be questioning? Does someone have a secret candle stash? Equally charming is the part where we are forced to watch him chew with his mouth open while spewing his ignorance. Lovely. [Buzzfeed]
“Because of my real-life pregnancy, we don’t go back on the air until January. I’m hoping that Tracy will have, and the world will have, forgotten about that by then. He from the first has gone around very sincerely and done his best to try to make up for the foolishness. … It’s the kind of story that even if it happened to someone else, we would probably turn it into a Tracy story. So we may use it.”
— Tina Fey talks to Deadline Hollywood about Tracy Morgan‘s homophobic jokes during his standup performance in Nashville in June. Tracy apologized almost immediately for the dreadful things he said — like how if his son came out to him as gay, Tracy would stab him — and Tina publicly chastised the comic as well for his “disturbing” jokes. Now she says the incident may be written into an episode of “30 Rock,” which certainly sounds like it would be believable. I’m not sure anything about it is especially funny, though. Do you think “30 Rock” doing an episode about homophobic jokes would be a good idea? [Deadline.com] Keep reading »
Every bride dreams about picking out her perfect wedding gown and then being told she is a sinner who will burn in the fire-y pits of hell. Oh, wait, she doesn’t? Then you fail, Here Comes the Bride of Somers Point, New Jersey. You fail big. Keep reading »
Tide’s new “Hoodies & Cargo Shorts” commercial is all about a prissy mom’s squeamishness with her daughter’s tomboyish tendencies. But in case you missed the subtext: Pssst! The mom is worried her daughter is a L-E-S-B-I-A-N! The gay blog Queerty thinks Tide might be “lampooning” the Stepford mom’s behavior — and that’s probably a little of it — but this doesn’t read as satire to me. Advertising, as you know, is meant to connect with people by tapping into their deep-seated beliefs and/or fears. Nothing just “happens” in a commercial, including fanning the flames of homophobia. Keep reading »
This week I’ve had a few reminders of the rules that exist for gay girls like me in American society. But because I’m an optimist, I’d like to look the bright side of things I can’t do in public. Keep reading »
We all know at least a little bit about our government’s hyper-overreaction to “the red menace” back in the 1950s. Men and women throughout politics, the media and Hollywood lost their jobs if anyone thought they were a Communist or Communist-sympathizer. A lesser known story, however, is how the U.S. government also tried to get rid of homosexuals. Lesbians and gay men were thought to be “sex perverts” and could lose their jobs serving the U.S. government if anyone found out. A new documentary called “The Lavender Menace,” which is currently in production, introduces us to the men and women who lost their jobs during this time and shows how a few of them, including an adorable old man named Frank Kameny, fought back. Keep reading »