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02/11/2011

Video: Possible cater waiter potentially 'caught' at highly gay-publicized #CPAC11

by Jeremy Hooper

I have problems with this:

(a) Nobody is really denying that there are more than a few gays at CPAC this year. Out gays, even. They're the most noted part. We may not get the political rationale, but the physical presence is pretty darn undeniable.

(b) At any conference, there are any number of people who have nothing to do with the associated cause. Hotel employees, outside vendors, other guests, etc.

(c) "Outing" someone for using this app when you know nothing about the particulars of his life or politics or reasons or whatever? Really?

And (d) The closing quip that seemingly mocks monogamous gays. And not simply the idea that a monogamously-IDed gay would be on Grindr, which is valid, but seemingly the very notion of monogamous gay existence? Really Dan? I mean, we've had our discussions about monogamy in the past. And I've always respected the idea of people having different relationship definitions (and certainly respect Dan personally and professionally). But those of us who are in monogamous marriages are now getting mocked or at least slighted by one of our most prominent voices and faces? Seriously? This is gonna make it better?


Look, I get it: Let's knock hypocrisy. Let's find new and creative ways to make a point. And the GOP is more than worthy of our scrutiny, repudiation, and even scorn for the decades of anti-LGBT shit they've heaped on the bodies, both politic and human.

But the fact is that if the opposition made this exact video with nothing changed but the casting, we'd be going apeshit right about now. So while I'm not suggesting this should activate simian defecation on our side, I do think any reactions that extend beyond "ha, yea -- go get 'em!" are more than justifiable.

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