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April 21, 2011

Unbelievable-Slash-Inevitable: Wonkette Plays the Homophobe Card

In a tweet, Wonkette announces that their former advertiser, Papa John's, is not only "shitty," but "homophobic." Clarification/Correction: The tweet was by "Wonkette" and not necessarily Ken Layne, as I first assumed. Maybe it's him, maybe it's some other shrieking ninny. I don't know who does their tweeting.

Homophobic = not giving gays a pass on every nasty thing they say or do. That is the only possible definition of the word he can be using to get to this conclusion.

The site was just as gay when Papa John's was advertising on it before. The only difference is that they posted that nasty Trig post.

So the only conclusion that can be drawn is that the gentleman scholars at Wonkette believe that only homophobes could ever hold gays responsible for their actions. Truly enlightened people give them a pass on everything.

Because they're gay.

By the way, I don't know who's gay or not over there. I don't read the site (except for its regularly-scheduled Traffic Drive Outrages like this). But apparently the whole site is gay, because Ken Layne thinks the gay card can be played in favor of anything written there.

Patterico (at the link) also notes that Ken Layne apparently can't count how many children he has -- in an email to one person, he claims two plus another on the way; in another email, he claims four.

In more fallout:

Gutfeld uses a comic approach.

Tommy Christopher (who reveals, purely for context, that he is a father of two special needs children) attempts to cadge some repentance out of the unrepentant Ken Layne.

I deduct a point from Christopher for buying into the whole justification that "Palin uses Trig as a prop." In what sense? That a mother is seen in public with her child?

I do not think the left would give that justification creedance if jokes about a prominent liberal politicians' kids (I won't say who, as that would sound like a threat, and I actually don't mean to be threatening; I wouldn't do it; we wouldn't do it) suddenly became the fodder for nasty partisan "jokes."

But in fact we have seen plenty of some other politicians' kids. To some extent, every politician uses kids as "props" in the sense that they all know that kids = warm feeling. On the other hand, showing your kids is just normal. It's your life, after all, and you're selling not just your policies but the sum total of your life experiences.

I wouldn't attack Barack Obama for granting Access Hollywood exclusive interviews with his daughters. I most assuredly would not attack his daughters, who I assume just do what daddy says.

But the left feels differently. Because they never ask the shoe-on-the-other-foot question. They don't think that applies to them -- they are very comfortable, and very accustomed, to double-standards that work perpetually in their favor and vindictively against their opponents.

The noble tradition of classic liberalism descended into cynical leftism right around the same time they stopped asking the shoe-on-the-other-foot question, which is, at its heart, about trying to create fair and equal standards for all.

When they became the New (Disgusting) Left, they stopped with all that idealistic hokum and just focused on At Any Cost.

Related Nonsense: Tina Fey's pretty sure that the ill-will she generated from her Sarah Palin impression is all due to sexism.

“No one ever said it was ‘mean’ when Chevy Chase played Gerald Ford falling down all the time. No one ever accused Dana Carvey or Darrell Hammond or Dan Aykroyd of ‘going too far’ in their political impressions. You see what I’m getting at here,” Ms. Fey writes.

Robert J. Thompson, the founding director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University, is skeptical of Ms. Fey’s insinuation that the flak she’s taken is a “gender issue.”

“I’m not aware of Amy Poehler, for example, getting much grief about her impersonation of Hillary Clinton,” he says.

And let me note that no mere head writer on SNL has every been relentlessly boosted before by a media determined to make her a star, based on her gender.

And don't tell me there weren't hysterical head writers before -- Jim Downey, there's a great head writer. But he never got constantly hyped into his own TV show.

Tina Fey somehow doesn't notice sexism when maybe it's working in her favor.

And no, I'm not claiming she's not funny. I'd never claim that. She is funny. She deserves success.

But a lot of people deserve success, but never get their shot. Tina Fey not only got her shot but she got like five of them. Based mostly on the novelty of a woman making it in the tough and very male world of comedy writing.

Thanks to RD for that.

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