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08/27/2013

Must they inject a gay angle into everything?!

by Jeremy Hooper

Check out what Rush Limbaugh had to say about that ridiculous Miley Cyrus performance that for some reason I've been told to care about:

RUSH: Would these ruling class, erudite, elite women be as upset if Miley Cyrus had twerked with another woman instead of Robin Thicke? It would not be an issue. I'll bet you a dollar (and I have a few of those) that it would not be an issue. (interruption) You think so? Obama mighta called Miley to praise her for her heroism, had she twerked with another girl. Woman! Woman, sorry.
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RushLimbaugh.com]

Um, yeah, I'm pretty sure that everyone's objections have to do with costuming, tongue-swirling, junk-grinding, and related elements of performance (from both performers). It wasn't about gender.

But no, I refuse to even go down this road. Instead, I have to ask the more pertinent question: why must these conservative commentators force us into every conversation!? This performance had nothing—zero, nada, zilch—to do with LGBT people, LGBT rights, or our related movement. Thicke's song is all about a man dinging to a woman (or women); Cyrus' is about a party. But yet here's Rush turning this around in order to make some sort of point about "elite women" and LGBT rights and supposed hypocrisy?! Ridiculous!

The fact is, the most tasteful and understated moment of the night was the one performance that did, in fact, specifically mention LGBT rights and the fact that they are human rights:

Clothes on. A focus more on pitch than on shock. A clear and direct message.

As a performance artist himself, Rush could probably learn from the above.

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