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03/17/2015

Gabbana thanks man who calls me, Ricky Martin, Ryan Murphy, Elton John 'disgusting,' 'repulsive tyrants'

by Jeremy Hooper

It's no secret that Robert Oscar Lopez is obsessed with me. It's something of a joke in LGBT activist circles. Even though everything I have ever written or said or know or care about him is based solely on the truly crazed things that he has said and/or done as part of his advocacy work, this person can barely write a post or an article without dropping my name into it, and then coupling said name with all kinds of personal attacks about me, my motivation, my heart, my personality, and, increasingly, my family and my parenting. It's the kind of thing that makes me glad that all of America separates me from the coast that Mr. Lopez calls home, since his level of encroachment into my personal life transcends discourse and bounds right into "EEK!"

Today Lopez is back to once again call me "disgusting" and a "repulsive tyrant" simply because I pushed back against gay designers who painted my home and my family as wrong and "synthetic." Lopez writes:

Screen Shot 2015-03-17 At 12.10.50 PmThe completely petulant and histrionic response from gay parents like Ryan Murphy to Dolce & Gabbana's comments can give average Americans a small taste of what children in such homes will have to deal with. You can't be a good parent and want to have absolute control over what your kids think and feel, in addition to what the whole world thinks and feels about you and your kids. It's a recipe for emotional abuse of whoever is under your power. Look at the punitive urge, the lust for vengeance, the despotism. That is what I see in Ricky Martin, Jeremy Hooper, Ryan Murphy, and Elton John. These are men who will terrorize human beings if they can, if they are within their striking distance. They acquired children the way they get everything they want in all aspects of their lives: through economic leverage, intimidation, and sheer arrogance. Imagine being a helpless and confused child longing for a mom, and being under the power of a dad who throws out clothing and calls for all-out destruction of anyone who hints that you have lost something by being denied a mom. Imagine not one such man lording over you, but two. This is horrible. These people are disgusting. I hope and pray that Dolce and Gabbana do not capitulate to them. These repulsive tyrants must learn at some point that they are not gods, and they cannot bring the world to their knees.
FULL: Robert Oscar Lopez's blog

Well let's at least be clear about one thing: My supposed "economic leverage" is worlds apart from Murphy's, Martin's, and John's. But I digress.

Look, I really don't care what this guy says about me. With a quote bank like his, I only want to be in his rhetorical crosshairs. If I found myself in agreement, I'd be concerned.

But here's why it matters: Steffano Gabbana literally just thanked Mr. Lopez (along with the same cadre of "children of gays" with whom Lopez pals around) for supporting him in the Italian press:

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Gabbana thanks Robert Oscar Lopez [J.M.G.]

And if we're at the point in this conversation where the gay designer is thanking the extreme-tongued activist who routinely links gay parenting to slavery and who attacks gay-headed families for simply defending themselves, then that is a new wrinkle worth exploring. It certainly gives me, someone who is not afraid of a price tag if it's attached to a well-made garment, even more reason to avoid the D & G racks the next time I'm at Barneys. And if the designers keep it up, it may even give retailers like Barneys reason to keep the racks out of their stores altogether.

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