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03/10/2014

Robert Oscar Lopez thinks this site, others are controlled by unseen puppet masters

by Jeremy Hooper

Screen Shot 2014-01-22 At 3.42.49 Pm Robert Oscar Lopez, the man who has used some of the cruelest and crudest rhetoric around in order to question the life of his late lesbian mother and the lives of LGBT people with, has found out my secret. I'm controlled by the Obama administration, some unseen power broker, a consortium of groups, or some combination thereof:

If you were reading this blog last summer, you may remember that all of a sudden, on cue, I got hit by a swarm of viciously nasty press coverage on gay-friendly outlets like ThinkProgress, Equality Matters, Good as You, TowleRoad, GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, and a bunch of other places. Call me a conspiracy theorist but it was way too coordinated and timed to be random.
FULL: Remember the nasty posts about me on ThinkProgress last summer? If so, the read this... [English Manif] (h/t: StraightGrandmother)

First off, speaking only for myself, my supposedly "nasty press coverage" came much more recently. I only wrote one post about Lopez last summer; since the new year, I've written no less than ten posts about his work. It took me a little longer to discover how jaw dropping his views really are and how willfully groups like the National Organization For Marriage are buying into them. I must have missed my ruling force's summer 2013 press release.

But beyond that, it's pretty funny that Mr. Lopez thinks it takes some sort of top-down demand to make people like me respond to his words. The fact of the matter is that we discovered him quite organically. He started writing more pointed stuff, the organized movement on his side started putting him in front of live mics and cameras and on amicus briefs, so we started paying attention to what he was saying. It doesn't take some sort of movement-wide conference call to make that happen. When someone steps up and starts comparing same-sex parents to slaveowners and that same someone becomes one of the key faces of the movement fighting against us, those of us who see a need (/duty) to fight back against our opposition movement. It happens at around the same time because our political world is a relatively small slice, and we all pay attention to (and are largely friendly with) each other. But it's not some hidden scheming coordinated from the corridors of power. Frankly, in the LGBT movement, that sort of opposition research and pushback is almost always led by the netroots and the grassroots, not the other way around.

If Mr. Lopez wants to theorize about why his sh*tty rhetoric receives pointed criticism than he need not look outward and upward—he needs to look inward. It's on him.

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