Saturday, November 05, 2016

On This Date In ISBL History: Some Men Are Afraid Of A Little ♥ On

As I am in Oregon helping my Dad recuperate from knee surgery, I thought I’d do something I’ll call “On This Date In ISBL History” and repost some things from back when the blog was new, and newish … this was originally published November 5, 2015:

Change is good.

A change in the weather, a change in scenery; a change of underwear. A change in diet, a change of sheets; a change of mood.

Change is good, and we should all be changing or else Effie Melody White has taught us nothing.

But this week Twitter made a change and a lot of people, mostly men, mostly straight men, mostly straight men unsure of their own masculinity, went nuts.

See, back in the old days, roughly ten days ago if you “Liked” someone’s Tweet there was a cute little ★ symbol you clicked to voice, er, Tweet, your approval. But then Twitter decided that a ♥ better symbolized “Like” than a star and so they changed.

And tiny men with giant egos, and more than a tinge of homophobia, went crazy and refused to put a ♥ on it.


It’s been just a year now and you can still offer a ♥ on your favorite Tweets and, as far as I can tell, no one has “turned” gay because of it.


the dogs' mother said...

I'd forgotten that the star was the symbol before the
heart. Facebook has like, love and a bunch of others.
Not a real Facebook fan but use it to keep up with the

Mitchell is Moving said...

Huck and Shelton felt like faggots, Chandler felt flamboyant, FGEnglisht felt gay because they hearted someones Tweet? They should be so lucky. Assholes!

But I've been told lately by straight acquaintances that homophobia is no longer a problem. You can imagine what I've told THEM!

Anonymous said...


Professor Chaos said...

Oh, no! What if someone might think I'm gay? Whatever will I do? Pathetic!