I knew this was coming. For the past couple of years, I’ve been warning that this would happen.
See, I don’t have cable TV, and before yesterday, I had not even heard of the show “Duck Dynasty”.
Because of the following article, now I have:
The suspension of Phil Robertson from A&E’s Duck Dynasty nasty is outrageous in a nation that values freedom, according to social critic and openly gay, dissident feminist Camille Paglia.
“I speak with authority here, because I was openly gay before the ‘Stonewall rebellion,’ when it cost you something to be so. And I personally feel as a libertarian that people have the right to free thought and free speech,” Paglia, a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, said on Laura Ingraham’s radio showThursday.
“In a democratic country, people have the right to be homophobic as well as they have the right to support homosexuality — as I one hundred percent do. If people are basing their views against gays on the Bible, again they have a right of religious freedom there,” she added.
Robertson has been suspended from Duck Dynasty due to comments he made to GQ that have been deemed “anti-gay.” According to Paglia, the culture has become too politically correct.
“To express yourself in a magazine in an interview — this is the level of punitive PC, utterly fascist, utterly Stalinist, OK, that my liberal colleagues in the Democratic Party and on college campuses have supported and promoted over the last several decades,” Paglia said. “This is the whole legacy of free speech 1960’s that have been lost by my own party.”
Paglia went on to point out that while she is an atheist she respects religion and has been frustrated by the intolerance of gay activists.
Frankly, I don’t know how anyone can disagree with this and call themselves “tolerant” or “diverse”. I haven’t known how they could do so for a long time.
As so often happens, I took a great deal of criticism for saying so, and as so often happens, said criticism was followed by an avalanche of evidence proving me spot on.
Such is life. Mine at least.
It’s often been said that there are no innocent people, and the longer I’m alive, the more I realize it’s true. Oppression is not an ethical conundrum, it’s a crime of opportunity. We all love stories of picked-on underdogs coming into their own, but more often than not, the reality is that they are one and the same. That one is the victim and the other the victimizer is solely the result of power, not moral failure.
Given sufficient numbers, all groups of humans act in the same manner. History is replete with examples of powerless people rising up and casting off the shackles of their oppressors, only to turn around and clamp those same shackles on others. It’s the very story of the United States itself.
I tried my best to warn folks when the hypocrisy began ratcheting up in recent years … I begged and I pleaded … but unless political groups such as GLAAD could find it within themselves to heed the warnings, it was only a matter of time before the conclusion was reached by others.
Alas, this is now starting to happen.
That a reality show would be the catalyst for any kind of social awareness doesn’t say much for us as a citizenry, but at this point, not even that is surprising.
The question is, now that the ire of the masses has been raised, will the LGBT community finally start practicing the tolerance and diversity they’ve been preaching for years?
I’m afraid the question is rhetorical, for we all know the answer.
Not that it matters.
Oppressed groups come and oppressed groups go. They rise to power, fade from power, become fashionable, and become scapegoats. Along the way, they are given many names, chosen by those with the most political power. Witches, communists, homosexuals, negroes, racists, immigrants, homophobes, christians, atheists, conservatives, terrorists, druggies, liberals, this, that, and the other.
No matter what they’re called during any given snapshot in time, one thing remains the same.
We’ll always hunt them. We’ll declare war on them and we’ll kill them, and if we can’t do that, we’ll do everything in our power to make their lives miserable.
Despite oft-stated goals to the contrary, this will never end. It cannot end. Like blinking our eyelids and drawing our breaths, it is not something which we can control. It’s in our DNA. After survival and procreation, hunting witches, by whatever name, is probably the strongest instinct the human animal has.
Right before denial.
Enjoy the hunt.