June 8, 2013 at 1:45 am #90092
I guess this is the first time I’ve shut the show off in anger. Maybe when I calm down I’ll come back to it.
A few things.
1. When you are the wife of the most powerful politician in the country, headlining a small fundraiser, you don’t get the benefit of “she’s just a private person, leave her alone”. She wants to talk to a group of friends, she’s a private citizen. She charges for giving a speech on a signature issue of the First Lady of the United States? An entirely appropriate choice, but it moves her out of the bounds of “leave the private person alone”.
2. I’ve heard here and elsewhere “there’s a history of white women telling black women to shut up”. Very true! There’s also a history of nice straight ladies not wanting queer women to be so … visible.
3. “You should approach this differently.” Um, yeah, I guess. Barack Obama promised to sign this in 2008. In 2011, he officially broke the promise, and told us through Valerie Jarrett that he would not sign the order. We’ve protested and tried a ton of ways to change his mind on this. None of that helped. This way didn’t help. What the hell would?
4. “Barack Obama has done more than any President ever for GLBT people.” That’s a damn low bar, but true. Pause for the obligatory “Fuck you!” to President William Jefferson Clinton, Asshole Esquire. Obama has helped! It’s been slow, and I assure you the record is mixed, but he has been a bit better than most Democratic politicians. I volunteered for him as a precinct coordinator in California in 2007. I did that after watching him say that he favored civil unions. And after hearing robocalls with that clip made into a pro-Prop 8 message.
5. And I have to say, it’s hard to hear 3 straight people, 2 of whom are married, discuss this. You have every right to. It’s just hard for me to listen.
And I will say that I do appreciate the context of the way the insane asshole Republicans and clueless progressives have tramped all over the racism landscape the past 5 years. You said about a month ago, Elon, that the racism surrounding this President has fucked up your own desire to hold him accountable. It’s hard to say a word against him when there is such an array of asshole and clueless against the Obamas already. I get that.
BethanyJune 8, 2013 at 3:22 am #90096
Not for nothing, but how does heckling FLOTUS accomplish any goal?June 8, 2013 at 10:59 pm #90117
It’s raised the profile of the issue. It’s also pissed off a huge chunk of the President’s supporters. But, of course, every time anyone takes any leftward political action, a whole herd of people rise up to tell them that they are doing it wrong. Occupy Wall Street? What are they accomplishing? Why are they doing it *that* way? Those folks are so wrong! Anti-war protestors? Wrong! Look, they brought puppets! What good does that do? And over and over and over again “Well, I sympathize with their cause, but they sure seem to be going about it wrong.” This is just par for the course on that front.June 14, 2013 at 5:36 pm #90789
Bethany, although the FLOTUS has some influence, is not better to confront the person or persons that have a more tangible control of law creation?
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