Bob Franken

The Supreme Court: Gay Bar?

There was a time in the not so distant past when some of us thought that “sexual orientation” was a briefing on getting it on…you know, those classes in high school we loved to attend where the prune faced teacher told us about the birds and the bees, until some puckered up parents group would scorch the board of education.

But now we find it’s really about the Supreme Court and TV shows and politicians pandering to those who cling to their neanderthal cruel values. It’s about who is doing it with whom…particularly if its the birds and the birds or bees and the bees.

I really don’t understand why homosexuals are now called “gay” since the whole debate about the subject is so dreary and so unnecessary.

Here’s how absurd it’s gotten: There’s this sleazy whisper campaign by some political opponents of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan who are slinking in the shadows of the low road and spreading the rumor that she’s…well you know…a lesbian.

For starters, let me be clear. I don’t give a damn if she prefers the intimate company of other women…couldn’t care less. But her friends have been popping up all over to “defend” Kagan as hetro. They feel compelled to because it would be naïve to think that most are blase about the matter, no matter how much it really doesn’t matter.

On either side of the straight and narrow minded line there are those who go bonkers. There are the defenders of the faith who use words like “abomination” when they talk about same-sex-sex. They believe it’s a one way ticket to Hell.

As a defense mechanism, some of those on the “alternate” side cross the line with many of their public pronouncements. Witness the Newsweek critic who insists that actor Jonathan Groff, who is a self-outee (Remember when that referred to belly buttons?) shouldn’t be playing a part in the TV show “Glee”, where his love interest is a–GASP–female!!

The critic, Ramin Setoodah, who is defiantly uncloseted himself, believes Groff is “too queeny” for the role. Coulda fooled me, which, by the way, is kinda what an actor does. Who knew? More importantly who cares?

Personally, I have a “Won’t Ask, Please Don’t Tell” policy. In other words, I’d rather be oblivious about the private parts of even the most public lives. At least the irrelevant private parts.

All this attention is really the manifestation of bigotry from people who are still fighting for their same old missionary positions from the Dark Ages.

We in the media jump all over this stuff because it’s simple-minded and titillating. (And don’t get me started on that word)

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