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Shoving it down our throats

24 March 2011

Victoria Jackson, the former SNL star, is at it again. She was the crazy woman who wrote the song “There’s a Communist Living in the White House” last year, making all sorts of stupid, defamatory statements that would have been considered “un-American” under the last administration, but that’s for a different time.

The day after the big gay kiss on “Glee” last week, she posted a blog entry with her reaction to the kiss:

This new al-Qaida magazine for women has beauty tips and suicide-bomber tips! Gimme a break! That is as ridiculous as two men kissing on the mouth! And I don’t care what is politically correct. Everyone knows that two men on a wedding cake is a comedy skit, not an ‘alternate lifestyle’! There I said it! Ridiculous! Did you see ‘Glee’ this week? Sickening! And, besides shoving the gay thing down our throats, they made a mockery of Christians – again! I wonder what their agenda is? Hey, producers of “Glee” – what’s your agenda? One-way tolerance?

Then, Jackson appears on HLN to defend her statements, which she does in the most blundering way possible:

Now, there is a lot wrong with what Jackson says. And her claims that she is not homophobic are as ridiculous as that stupid bow on her head.

But the most incredible thing about what she is saying, and what many of the Religious Right say, is that this kiss–and ones like it–are “shoving homosexuality down our thoats” and in the process, “making a mockery of Christianity.” And I don’t altogether understand how those are intrinsically related. How does someone else living their life equate to “shoving it down [your] throat”, when none of them question your right to live your life? It’s not like they are trying to make you gay. They are simply exercising their equal right to engage in relationship.

And how is this making a mockery of Christianity? First of all, Christians are not of one mind on homosexuality. Debates within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Church of the United States of America, the United Methodist Church, and so on, prove that there are plenty of Christians on either side of the debate.

So, why is Jackson so incredibly offended by this? It’s because of conservative evangelical jingoism. Conservative evangelicalism is (in most cases) concerned about reshaping America in its own image. Other examples of this include the efforts against the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1980s, against Roe v. Wade, for the Defense of Marriage Act and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, etc.

Why is a gay kiss on “Glee” such a problem for Jackson? Because it represents a group who is not falling in line; not necessarily actively fighting against, but simply refusing to be pushed aside. A gay kiss on “Glee” threatens a desired status quo where everyone looks like, acts like, thinks like, and (God forbid) talks like her. What is being “shoved down [their] throats” is the fact that they can’t dictate everything according to their desired norms. And this is what makes a mockery out of them, that the project of the Moral Majority and Christian Coalition is failing.

As far as this “one-way tolerance” goes, it seems to me that that’s exactly what she wants: tolerance of her own opinion and the dismissal of all others. Conservative evangelicals, one of the largest and most vocal subgroups, who are represented by countless legislators, are demanding to be given their say, too? It seems to me like theirs is the only voice being heard.

So, I’m sorry, but if gay people living their lives without hindrance in the public sphere is “shoving it down [your] throats”, open wide.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Gwen permalink
    24 March 2011 09:42

    I don’t think I like this woman… I watched her rant on TV. My family watches, Glee we were in no way offended by the kiss. I don’t feel as if the gay lifestyle is being shoved down our throats.

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