A few weeks back, a group of South Carolina lawmakers — obviously without an active brain cell between them — got their Tea Party panties in a snit and voted to cut funding for a reading program at South Carolina Upstate because one of the required books had a :::gasp::: gay theme.
These wingnutted, asshatted, teabagging Republicans cut $17,146 from the university’s budget — the exact cost of the required reading program which included “Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio,” a collection of stories shared on South Carolina’s first gay radio show. And one of those asshatted wingnutted teabagging Tea Party Panties in a Snit Republicans was state Senator Mike Fair [left], who said of the program:
"It's just not normal and then you glorify, or it seems to me, that the promotion at USC is a glorification of same sex orientation.”
Hmm, reading a book about the state’s first gay radio show is glorifying homosexuality? Good, maybe it’s time South Carolina realized that there are :::gasp::: gay people here.
But Mike Fair wasn’t finished with his anti-gay book burning crusade because now he says the school has taken wheat he dubs their “questionable behavior” even further when it booked the show "How to Become a Lesbian in 10 Days or Less."
“That's not an explanation of 'I was born this way.’ It's recruiting.”—Senator Mike Fair
And now Fair, and one of his fellow asshatted, wingnutted, teabagging, Tea Party Panties in a Snit Republicans, Senator Lee Bright [right], have banded together to vote against each and every incumbent USC trustee.
Trouble is, both Fair and Bright — Fair and bright? Oh Jeebus, the irony — didn’t bother to find out anything about the show before they set up their bonfires for the Book Burnin’ Marshmallow Roast.
Tammy Whaley, the assistant vice chancellor for USC Upstate communications, released this statement:
“The title of ‘How to Become a Lesbian in 10 Days or Less,’ while deliberately provocative, is satirical in nature but has not been received as such. The controversy surrounding this performance has become a distraction to the educational mission of USC Upstate and the overall purpose of the Bodies of Knowledge symposium. As a result, we have canceled this segment of the symposium.”
Oh, so it’s not about recruitin’ Lesbians? Y’don’t say? And Gail Stephenson, president of Upstate Pride, took it a step further and wondered what the team of Fair and Bright — seriously, I cannot stop laughing at that — might try to ban next:
“Diversity is diversity. And we can't just say we are going to choose this part of diversity, but we're not going to choose this part of diversity. Then what's next? Are we going to cut out women's studies? Racial integration?”
Careful, Gail, you might give Fair and Bright some new ideas.
Seriously, people, who do I hafta f**k to get a decent Senator, lawmaker, Governor, for South Carolina?