Message To Gay Conservatives: Ann Coulter is no Judy Garland
I failed to criticize Ann Coulter last month when news surfaced that she had accepted an invitation to headline GOProud’s HomoCon 2010, the first annual gathering of so-called homosexual conservatives that took place at Pay-pal co-founder Peter Thiel’s estate in September. (I use the term “so-called” because it’s quite obvious that being homosexual is not exactly a “conservative” value, so take that as you will.)
GOProud is a Washington-based advocacy group for gay conservatives and their allies. Ann Coulter is a ultra-right wing, anti-gay marriage, conservative pundit who is best known for spewing racy humor-laced filth and despising anyone who isn’t rich, white, and most importantly, male. Inside that liberal-hating shell is a conniving genius of a woman who gives the word Republican brand new meaning.
What most people don’t realize is that Ann Coulter is paid; quite handsomely, to espouse viewpoints and opinions that are often harsh and extremely popular or unpopular depending on the crowd. When 90% of your income is derived from speaking engagements, you can typically say whatever and still be assured that someone is not only listening, but they’ll pay to hear you say it.
So why did GOProud ask Coulter to headline their first annual event? Their Chairman, Christopher R. Barr, explained, “the organizations focus is strictly on federal issues.” He further explained that they don’t take a position on state policy issues like same sex marriage by distancing his group from the Log Cabin Republicans who he believes pushes an agenda similar to the gay liberal left, which focuses primarily on social-political issues. GOProud claims to invest in a greater set of values that impact gay conservatives.
“I can promise you, Homocon 2010 will be a hell of a lot more fun than chaining yourself to the White House fence,” concluded Barron.
That still doesn’t explain why they choose Coulter to perform. Perhaps it’s because she is the conservative right’s stand up comic. Her humor is so acerbic that she can be difficult to stomach even when she’s being serious. She holds a law degree and is a best selling author seven times over. She makes Sarah Palin look like a Rhodes Scholar by comparison. We all know there is easy money to be reaped from fear mongering, just ask Sarah Palin. But among the hate mongering crowd, only few can make it all the way to the top and remain there as long as Ann Coulter. She will say almost anything for shock value.
The gay left has done their best to take all the fun out of politics, with their endless list of boycotts and protests. Homocon is going to be our annual effort to counter the ‘no fun police’ on the left… I can’t think of any conservative more fun to headline our inaugural party then the self-professed ‘right-wing Judy Garland’– Ann Coulter.
– Chairman Christopher R. Barro
Some highlights of Coulter’s speech that evening:
“Marriage is not a civil right. You’re not black.”
It was part of a larger argument on which she later elaborated on by telling the crowd that the 14th Amendment only applies to African-Americans and that it does not apply to women, LGBT people or other minorities.
“Blacks must be looking at the gays saying, Why can’t we be oppressed like that.”
Ann Coulter can make jokes saying Muslims would execute gays so they must be conservatives, and the gay elite can laugh heartily while claiming it’s all in good fun, when really it is a sad, but true state of affairs. They laugh because most of their straight conservative counterparts would much rather they be wealthy second class citizens than outright executed, and they know it. The trade off is objective.
This new gay “conservative” agenda appears to be a marketing attempt by the GOP to project gay leftists and progressives as intolerant, radical, vindictive meanie-pies who don’t really have gay people’s best interests at heart. They claim to be more tolerant of gays than the left is tolerant of conservatives. They’re playing a game of political psychological warfare, and right now they are winning.
The irony here is that gay liberals spend countless amounts of time and energy promoting the very idea of personal freedom, social and religious tolerance, and individualism. Why would gay conservatives make it seem as though anyone not conforming to their agenda must be intolerant and un-American?
They (conservatives) tolerate our existance, but refuse to lift a finger to help repeal unconstitutional laws directly linked to discrimination on the basis of sexuality and gender. My own sentiment is that if you are gay, you’re likely denied full equality on a number of measures (military, religion and marriage just to name a few) and you can still be legally discriminated against in the workplace in quite a few states, but as long as you’re tolerated you shouldn’t demand more. The push to the left exists because if society doesn’t support our deepest personal relationships then all of the freedom and money in the world won’t change the fact that we are not truly free, and the left recognizes this glaring hypocrisy. The left can’t afford to act like nothing is wrong.
Enter Ann Coulter; the Right’s lack of a conscience. And because she’s a woman with a large conservative following, she can get away with voicing racial and cultural prejudices masked as fears without being shut down. Oh, and because she’s funny. And so intelligent that she’s stupid or maybe she just doesn’t realize how extremely difficult it is for her fans to separate her message from the comedy routine it is, and those on the left wonder if it’s even fair to separate her message from hate speak altogether.
She is fun, really fun, to write about, that is. She gets under the skin of liberals by the mere mention of her name, and that’s why conservatives love Coulter. In the words of “Madea” from the Cleveland Brown Show, “She’s outrageous!”
Barron defended her, explaining, “Homocon 2010 was a complete and total success. GOProud set out to throw a great party, not hold a policy event, and that’s exactly what we did.”
Forget about the fact that Ann Coulter did nothing but discuss policy and draw some laughs. Overall, the underlying cause of anyone agreeing with her can be born of two things; religious extremism and/or pure misguided emotion. Political decisions aren’t being based on fact and reason, and hell, for logic to come into play you’ve got to have a pretty well rounded individual at the helm. That is almost asking too much.
Whatever the cause, it appears that most Americans make political decisions based on emotion and anecdote rather than reason and fact. Left, right or center, this indicates a profound misunderstanding of the world and a profound lack of political intelligence. Rejecting liberals hardly makes one a conservative and anyone who pretends to take her seriously (besides the media looking for ratings or gay conservative groups looking to make a name for themselves) is emotionally or morally damaged to the point where they do not desire integrity or class in their mission.
Anybody at HomoCon want their dignity money back?
Even mainstream conservatives believe that homosexuality is a sickness sin, one in which the only cure is hell. While attitudes are steadily changing, there is no way the current political environment will allow gay conservatives to fully integrate themselves into the ultra right wing crowd.
Evidence of this is the fact that Ann Coulter was immediately dropped as keynote speaker by a (current) employer, World Net Daily (WND), who said, “Ultimately, as a matter of principle, it would not make sense for us to have Ann speak to a conference about ‘taking America back’ when she clearly does not recognize that the ideals to be espoused there simply do not include the radical and very ‘unconservative’ agenda represented by GOProud,” WND editor and CEO Joseph Farah said. “The drift of the conservative movement to a brand of materialistic libertarianism is one of the main reasons we planned this conference from the beginning.”
They kept it real. Funny how conservative tolerance for other conservatives only really goes so far, and even then it’s on a one way street. Of all people, Ann Coulter, who is neither friend nor stranger to gays gets barred from speaking at an event for being too “gay-friendly.”
Now that’s funny.