As I mentioned recently, I am traveling and thus don’t really have the time to dedicate to particularly thoughtful posts. (“Why start now?” some of you might ask.) However, sometimes something pops onto the radar screen that is so patently idiotic that it doesn’t require a lot of effort to comment about it.
Via Andrew Sullivan, I learned that a couple of days ago some moron thought he was making a point by throwing glitter on Mitt Romney. The point, as I understand it, is “something something gay rights.” Because apparently nothing says “treat me like a decent and respectable human being” quite like throwing glitter on someone who ostensibly opposes that agenda. (Yes, America. There is a gay agenda, and that’s what it is.)
First of all, let’s just get the Romney-specific part of this out of the way. I’m sure that Romney has said all manner of anti-equality things lately in pursuit of the GOP nomination. I’m not especially aware of any of them, but let’s assume that such statements are a sine qua non for viable Republican presidential candidates these days. Fine. And let us further stipulate that Romney is a human windsock who is already treated with such suspicion by the conservative constituency that he will certainly not touch anything pro-equality with a ten-foot pole should he win the nomination and the presidency. Fine again. I certainly wouldn’t vote for the man. But the same wind-sockery that has won him such suspicion also makes me question whether he really hates gays. I’m willing to bet that he doesn’t, and anything anti-gay he says is mere rhetoric. Rick Santorum? He hates gays. Romney is just full of shit, like he is on [insert issue here].
But even if Mitt Romney were so homophobic he made Fred Phelps look like Bette Midler, what the holy hell does throwing glitter on someone accomplish? Who on earth is either impressed or swayed? I will put cash in your hand, gentle reader, if you can procure one single human being whose mind was changed in a pro-gay direction by this or any similar stunt. Because to me it seems juvenile and stupid in the extreme, and I’m on the glitter-flinging imbecile’s side! Not to mention how irksome it is that whoever came up with this craptacular idea in the first place thought that “gay = glitter” was a great meme to reinforce in the first place, as though my life with the Better Half trying to get our son to eat a balanced lunch is somehow one big rave.
Cut. This. Shit. Out. It’s bad enough that Lady Gaga keeps making videos and thinking they make some kind of point. We don’t need this. If the ideas that support the gay rights movement (like, you know, that our basic humanity entitles us to the same dignity and legal protections as everyone else) cannot win on their merits, then puerile stunts like this will hardly make a difference. I’m embarrassed on behalf of every serious-minded person who has put in genuine effort on behalf of people like me and families like mine. Whoever did this should be embarrassed too, though somehow I suspect he thought he did something brave and meaningful. It was neither.