Friday, September 16, 2016

I Didn't Say It ...

Chris Pine, on last summer's "Gay Sulu" controversy: 

“Amen, man. It’s about f—ing time. The fact that there’s still a conversation about it means that there’s still room to go in terms of it being normalized….My only rebuttal to George Takei — no matter what kind of creative differences he had about Sulu being gay, and I can understand his creative differences — is the fact that our job is to make people feel less alone. If there’s one kid in Middle America who feels any amount of self-loathing because he feels different, or is being bullied because he feels different or looks different or sounds different, if our film can give him solace and make him or her feel less alone, then abso-effin-lutely we should do it all the time, every day of the week.”

Hot. Smart. Compassionate. LGBT ally. Hot.
I know, I know, I said ‘hot’ twice … sue me. He’s hot.
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks quarterback, on Colin Kaepernick 'sit-in' and how he won't join: 

"First of all, there’s no perfect answer. I understand and respect the cause because there’s so much going on in America right now — so much hurt, so much pain. And ultimately I understand what he’s doing. For me, I love the flag. I love the National Anthem because it’s an emotional time for me because I’m so grateful I get to play on the football field. And every time I get to put my hand on my heart, it’s truly an honor — you know, the military, for me I think about my family members who have served, and friends — I train down in San Diego all the time, so I’m around the Navy and I see those guys around. And all they do for our country and the people in Afghanistan and all these people fighting. 9/11, for example, coming up — that’s going to be our first game and I think about all the pain from that. So that’s why I stand and put my hand on my heart."

And Kaepernick has his reasons for kneeling. It’s called Free Speech and what’s good for Colin is good for Russell.
Steve King, Republican congressman, and asshat, from Iowa, saying Colin Kaepernick might be a terrorist because he kneels during the anthem:

“I understand that he has an Islamic girlfriend that is his fiancée and that this has changed him, has taken on some different political views along the way, this is activism that is sympathetic to ISIS. For me, if I’m the coach, I would say, ‘You’re done. Until you take a knee and beg forgiveness from the American people, you’re not going to set foot out on this field again.’”

See what he does there? While denying Kaepernick’s right to Free Speech, King uses his Free Speech to suggest that Kaepernick is an ISIS sympathizer and maybe his Islamic girlfriend is a terrorist.
Kaepernick is protesting something; King is using Hate Speech.
Matt Bevin, Kentucky Republican governor, speaking at the closing session of the Values Voter Summit Hatefest:

“Somebody asked me yesterday … ‘Do you think it’s possible, if Hillary Clinton were to win the election, do you think it’s possible that we’ll be able to survive? That we would ever be able to recover as a nation?’ And while there are people who have stood on this stage and said we would not, I would beg to differ. But I will tell you this: I do think it would be possible, but at what price? At what price? The roots of the tree of liberty are watered by what? The blood, of who? The tyrants to be sure, but who else? The patriots. Whose blood will be shed? It may be that of those in this room. It might be that of our children and grandchildren. I have nine children. It breaks my heart to think that it might be their blood that is needed to redeem something, to reclaim something, that we through our apathy and our indifference have given away.”

This is the GOP, so reduced to fearmongering and hate that this wingnut suggests bloodshed, a Civil War, perhaps, are the only recourse to a Clinton presidency.
That kinda sounds like treason to me … plus, he looks like the new Crazy Eyes to me.
Tim Kaine, Democratic VP nominee, on GOP VP nominee Mike Pence saying Putin is a stronger leader than Obama:

“What about invading other countries is leadership? What about running your economy into the ground is leadership? What about persecuting LGBT Russians is leadership? What about setting up journalists and imprisoning them and even killing them is leadership? There is a difference between dictatorship and leadership. And If you didn’t understand that you wouldn’t get out of a fifth grade civics exam if you don’t understand the difference between dictatorship and leadership [and] it also demonstrates just an irrational hostility toward President Obama that I just don’t get.”

Trouble is, all those things that Putin has done, are things Mike Pence would do if given half the chance.
Nyle DiMarco, Dancing with the Stars and America’s Next Top Model winner, on what it means to be deaf and gender fluid, and on The [t]Rump:

“My passion, personally, is being my true self while inspiring young people who are struggling with their identities to love themselves for who they are. And myself, as a sexually fluid deaf man, I know that embracing all our identities is the way to thrive and to overcome the limitations and prejudices that surround us. There is no doubt in my mind that human diversity is what colors our world. For all LGBTQ Americans, we know from experience that labels can’t hold us back. We can change the world one person at a time simply by being our true selves. ... Seriously, I don’t find not being able to hear an obstacle or a boundary. For me and for many of us, it is an advantage and it’s a part of my identity in fact. It’s a huge part of who I am. And in this very turbulent political year, trust me, don’t you want to sometimes just turn the volume off completely when Donald Trump starts to rant? I have a tremendous advantage there as well. I don’t hear a thing.”

I’m like Nyle, in that I don’t hear [t]Rump either because I mute the television whenever he appears.
It saves my sanity.


the dogs' mother said...

Our mute button is getting worn out. :-)

Sadie J said...

If I remember correctly, what Bevin is saying about Hillary is the same that was said 8 years ago about Obama. And the world hasn't collapsed yet. (And yes, it's perfectly okay to say "hot" twice when speaking about Mr. Pine!)

Otaku said...

The first time my eyes landed upon Chris Pine, my hot o'meter exploded. Then unlike many pretty people Hollywood pushes, the fella had acting ability! But now to know that under all that hotness and acting ability lies a giant heart and kind soul.

anne marie in philly said...

rethuglicans need duct tape over their stoopid pieholes!

and I am grateful I never watch tv; I don't have to listen to the lying liars that lie!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I like what Chris Pine said about the Gay Sulu reveal. Right on!

Anonymous said...

If I am going to boldly go anywhere, I want to do it with Chris Pine.

Dave R said...

Chris Pine - thumbs way up!
Nyle DiMarco - thumbs way up!
Matt Bevin - prepare yourself, the fear mongering is only going to get worse as they find themselves getting backed farther and farther into the corner.

Helen Lashbrook said...

* Chris Pine - not seen him before, BUT he is in a film about Wonder Woman tbr next year, starring with one of my husband's watches (apparently an integral part of the film)

* Unlike Matt Bevin most of the world wonders if the earth will survive a Trump presidency!