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December 18, 2004

Andrew Sullivan: Still Not Easy To Offend

Catch of the Day by Kausfiles, who's picked up on this whole "get up Andrew Sullivan's nose" thing and just freaking ran with it.

Sullivan whines about a woman, saying of an attractive gay man, "What a waste":

If it emerges in conversation that a man is married to a woman, would he be offended if a gay guy were to say, "What a waste"? I think he would. Or am I wrong?

As Kausfiles notes, even when he's told he's wrong, he's still determined to be pissy about it. Mustn't dare impinge on the sacred sexual personhood of a gay man, it seems, even if by way of delivering a compliment.

The kicker, though, is this statement by Excitable Andy:

In general, I'm in favor of not taking offense unless you really have to. Life's too short.

Ahem, dear. Need I remind you yet again that your capacity for non-offense is not nearly so robust as you imagine?

A week ago, I instituted the Andrew Sullivan Award, for the bloviating commentator most blinded by vanity to be utterly unaware of his actual flaws. I named the award in honor of Sullivan's continuing insistence that he is "not the easiest person to offend, God knows."

Well, it's only been one week, but it's time to name a new winner. Proud winner of the Andrew Sullivan Award this week is, yes, Andrew Sullivan.

I understand this entire post is gob-smackingly vile. I hope he's not offended.

But then, I'm told that he's in favor of not taking offense unless you really have to. Life's too short, you see.


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