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02/05/2009

Wherein Ms. Mullarkey's words paint an even worse picture than before

by Jeremy Hooper

Picture 14-66On Tuesday we told you about Maureen Mullarkey, a New York artist who, despite her past work covering gay pride parades, the Daily News uncovered as being a Prop 8 supporter. Well now speaking to the Journal News, Ms. Mullarkey is defending her donation/offending those who see an incongruence between profiting off of gay imagery and using those profits to ban marriage equality:

Mullarkey said she supported the measure, which passed in November overturning an earlier court ruling legalizing gay marriage in California, because she believes "marriage is the union of husband and wife - a premise so simple, so fundamental that nature and civilization itself both testify to the truth of it."
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Mullarkey likened the attacks to Nazi "brownshirt tactics."

"Artists are not in the habit of imposing ideological conformity on one another or demanding it from others," she said. "Moreover, regard for individual gay persons does not require assent to a politicized assault on bedrock social reality and the common good."

Chappaqua artist of gay themes defends Prop 8 support [Journal News]
(H/t: Queerty)

"Politicized assault on bedrock social reality and the common good"?! Wow, here we thought we, supposedly equal tax-paying citizens of America, were simply claiming our deserved part of the pie via the civil marriage system that our government has put in place. And we thought through solemnizing our vows, we were just seeking to acknowledge OUR social reality. Because, ya know -- we thought that whole "liberty and justice for all" was more of a nonfiction, less a fable.

But hey, what do we know -- we're just too complicated to ever wrap our minds around "
a premise so simple, so fundamental that nature and civilization itself both testify to the truth of it."

What a load of malarkey.

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Your thoughts

Mullarkey, like her art, makes me want to vomit uncontrollably. Preferably all over her until she drowns.

Posted by: a | Feb 5, 2009 12:14:23 PM

I love it when folks caught in lying behavior try to play the victim. LGBTs are asking a legitimate question. She should explain the paradox of benefitting from us while helping to deny our relationships a degree of validity.

Posted by: a. mcewen | Feb 5, 2009 12:28:51 PM

She's simply a crap artist and has been for sometime. Easily forgotten much like the trash she produces.

Posted by: John Ozed | Feb 5, 2009 1:08:04 PM

Actually, what really got my dander up was her line about how liking a gay _person_ doesn't mean she has to like gay _people._

It goes back to the old stereotype about Northerners and Southerners and blacks:
Southerners hate the race, but like the individuals ("Sally and Bill down the street are great, but damn those n* are lazy!"), while Northerners like the race but hate the individuals ("Sally and Bill are jerks, but here's my donation to the NAACP").

Same deal w/ gays and some people: they can't wrap their heads around the fact that being anti-gay means you don't believe your "friend" is as good and deserving a human being as you are. And that's what this woman has said.

Posted by: tjc | Feb 5, 2009 2:51:12 PM

The only reason she got any business at all is because we thought she was an ally. Let's see how quickly her tune changes when she has no customers.

Posted by: RainbowPhoenix | Feb 5, 2009 2:52:44 PM

o.e Ok, that's it.
I think I speak for all young artists in officially disowning her from the art community.
'Cuz seriously, you don't see crap like this happening with artists under the age of 20. >.< Heck, it's come to be common knowledge amongst my GSA that artists are normally more on the side of equality then other groups (considering we're all in either art or music)
Just... Jeez. WTArf mate. W. T. Arf.

Posted by: Clicky the Fox | Feb 5, 2009 4:43:46 PM

"Brownshirt tactics". Yes, because people on the internet getting cross is exactly the same as what minority groups suffered under the Nazis.

This is why people go "GODWINS!" when the Nazis are mentioned. It's for stuff like this. People like Ms. Mullarkey are cheapening the horrors of the Nazi regime.

Posted by: Celia | Feb 5, 2009 8:39:00 PM

Celia: I've noticed a major upswing in Nazi comparisons. Not just from anti-gays -- but from conservatives in general, in reference, of course, to the Democrats and Obama. It absolutely blows my mind.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Feb 5, 2009 9:42:04 PM

The nazi comparisons used by the anti-gays are especially ironic when you know that we were one of the groups the nazis targeted.

Posted by: RainbowPhoenix | Feb 5, 2009 11:54:18 PM

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