The National Review Gay Bashes
I got linked to The Corner. Mark Steyn seems surprised that I found his joke homophobic. Consider the tone of his joke. Steyn found amusement in the torture use of deafing music.
I have had a distressingly large number of reader e-mails on the lines of the following:
So they're against "the Use of Music as Torture?" Really? You mean they've decided to oppose "American Idol?"
Look, that’s not funny!
Okay, if you replace “American Idol” with “The Celine Dion Christmas Album”…
No, it’s still not funny.
Then Steyn tells this horrible joke.
Anyway, Andrew Sullivan walks up to this ethnomusicologist and says, “Do you know Bush is using sleep deprivation at Gitmo?” And the ethnomusicologist says, “No, but if you hum a few bars I’ll play it on my bone flute.”
I think Steyn is self-aware enough to know how mentioning "bone flute" and Andrew Sullivan's name in the same bad joke would be viewed. Ditto John Podhoretz for taking a shot at Sullivan's preference for men with hairy backs. It's no secret in the blogosphere that Sullivan is gay. The question is why go there?
This whole flame war started because Sullivan expressed disgust over the United States use of torture. Steyn and Podhoretz couldn't debate Sulklivan on an intellectual level. They mocked him instead. It's so much easier.
If The National Review really doesn't want to be viewed as gay bashing then why did they print the bile of John Derbyshire. Rob Dreher blamed the priest molestations on the gay community. Dreher's "lavender mafia" comment should not be taken as serious journalism. Jonah Goldberg took a page out of the same playbook and blamed the gays for Mark Foley's morally bankrupt behavior.
The funny thing is that you would think the left — particularly the gay left — would be a bit more interested in not having 16 and 17 year old teenagers classified as young children for legal/sexual/political purposes. If that were the case, then a whole lot of dirty old men would need to be prosecuted for felonies when they pick up street hustlers.
Dear National Review,
Thank you for the link. Please, don't take unkindly to me pointing out your publication gay bashes. I'm just pointing out the obvious.