Friday, April 26, 2019

I Didn't Say It ...

Charlize Theron, announcing that her oldest child, Jackson, assigned male at birth, is transgender.

“Yes, I thought she was a boy, too, until she looked at me when she was three years old and said, ‘I am not a boy!' So there you go! I have two beautiful daughters who, just like any parent, I want to protect and I want to see thrive. They were born who they are and exactly where in the world both of them get to find themselves as they grow up, and who they want to be, is not for me to decide. My job as a parent is to celebrate them and to love them and to make sure that they have everything they need in order to be what they want to be. And I will do everything in my power for my kids to have that right and to be protected within that.”

That’s parenting.
Pete Buttigieg, presidential hopeful, on Michael Elizabeth Pence response to the South Bend mayor’s criticism of the vice president’s use of religion to attack LGBTQ people:

“The Vice President is entitled to his religious beliefs. My problem is when those religious beliefs are used as an excuse to harm other people. That was a huge issue for us in Indiana when he advanced a discriminatory bill in 2015 under the guise of religious freedom, that said it was lawful to discriminate, provided you invoked religion as your excuse. I just believe that’s wrong. This isn’t about him as a human being. This is about policies that hurt people, policies that hurt children. To this day, he has not brought himself to say that it shouldn’t be legal to discriminate against people in this country because they’re LGBT. In most parts of this country you can still be fired, denied housing, denied service because of who you are. He seems to be okay with that. I would love to see him evolve on that issue. … My quarrel with the vice president is over that.”

And yet Michael Elizabeth and Mother keep spinning it as an attack on their faith.
Richard Grenell, the gay conservative U.S. Ambassador to Germany, comparing Pete Buttigieg to Jussie Smollett, and saying Mayor Pete’s statements about Mike Pence’s anti-gay actions as governor are false:

“Mayor Pete has been pushing this hate hoax, along the lines of Jussie Smollett, for a very long time now, several weeks. And I find it really ironic that Mayor Pete stayed silent about the so-called hate hoax on him and others during 2015, 2016, 2017 when Mike Pence was governor. There was total silence. It’s ironic that right about now when he’s starting his fundraising apparatus to run for president that he comes up with this idea and this attack One of the things that really bothers me about this attack is that Mike Pence is a friend of mine. Mike and Karen are great people, they’re godly people, they’re followers of Christ. They don’t have hate in their heart for anyone. They know my partner. They have accepted us. Now you ask me do we agree philosophically on every single issue? No ... I don’t agree with my partner on everything. The gay community used to be the community pushing tolerance and diversity. We were the ones that were saying everyone should be able to love and accept each other. Now suddenly there’s a whole community of people demanding that we all think alike. I think it’s outrageous. When Mayor Pete came out the vice president complimented him and said he holds him in high regard. The vice president or then governor has said nothing but positive things about Mayor Pete. I think this is a total hate hoax and I think it’s outrageous.”

The last thing we need is some gay man trying to spin Michael Elizabeth and Mother Pence as “great people” when everyone, everyone, knows that Pence has done damage, or tried to damage, the LGBTQ community, often using his  ALLEGED  faith as a reason.
Running for Congress in 2000, Pence was in favor of sending money allocated to care for people with HIV/AIDS to organizations that provide conversion therapy; Pence ran a think-tank that published virulently anti-gay articles; Pence refused to protect LGBT Hoosiers from discrimination; Pence legalized anti-LGBT discrimination in Indiana; Pence supported a ban on gay marriage, and condemned the ‘mainstreaming of homosexuality in the military’ after DADT was repealed.
So, Dick Grennell, I call you that because you are a dick, the Pence’s are not good people; they use their faith as a weapon and for you as a gay man to stand idly by and do and say nothing is disgusting,
Fuck off.
Pete Buttigieg, presidential hopeful, on CNNs Town Hall this week, responding to Grenell:

“I’m not a master fisherman, but I know bait when I see it and I’m not going to take it.”

Bam! Don’t suffer the fools, Pete!
John Oliver, on _____ and the Mueller Report:

F**ked. He said I’m f**ked. And while we obviously don’t know whether _____ will face any repercussions from this report, I’d just like to live a little longer in the moment of him saying, ‘This is the end of my presidency. I’m f**ked.’ I’d like to take some artistic license to fully paint that scene for you. _____, upon learning Robert Mueller was appointed, slumping back in his chair. Meanwhile, Ivanka is playing fetch with Don Jr., Eric’s tongue is stuck to a somehow frozen flagpole. Reince Priebus is walking around with his head inside a honeypot. Jared is standing motionless directly in front of a blank wall. Steve Bannon is stress-eating a bowl of used syringes. And Stephen Miller is gleefully pulling the legs off a spider. While _____ says those beautiful words as tears run down his cheeks, ‘this is the end of my presidency. I’m f**ked.’ And right at that very moment, a pigeon flies into the room and sh*ts in his mouth. It is a masterpiece.”

It’s like Oliver was there!
Rex Tillerson, former secretary of state, saying he frequently had to push back on requests from_____ because they violated the law:

“So often, the president would say here’s what I want to do and here’s how I want to do it and I would have to say to him: ‘Mr President, I understand what you want to do but you can’t do it that way. It violates the law,’ I’d say here’s what we can do. We can go back to Congress and get this law changed. And if that’s what you want to do, there’s nothing wrong with that. I told him I’m ready to go up there and fight the fight, if that’s what you want to do.”

Tillerson was removed from his position in March and replaced by Mike Pompeo who recently said God wants _____ to be president.
Will Rossi and Rob Masia gay couple photographed at Coachella last week with disgraced former Congressman Aaron Schock, distancing themselves from him:

“[We] wanted to take a photo with our friends at Coachella, to celebrate our last day there. Being polite, we allowed Aaron—who was basically a stranger to us and someone we just met—to include himself in our photo. We would not have allowed Aaron to join the photo, nor would we have associated with him if we had more knowledge of his beliefs and past actions. For our own political ignorance, we are deeply sorry. We hope Aaron does decide to come out publicly and live the gay life he so freely enjoyed at Coachella, the kind of life so many out and proud LGBTQ individuals have fought for and have made possible for younger gays like [us] to live today. And we hope if or when Aaron does decide to come out and own his actions, he apologizes and makes amends with the LGBTQ community, because he certainly owes us one.”

Hmmm, I’m kinda suspicious, because surely someone, anyone, within earshot of this couple would have said something about Aaron’s self-loathing actions against the LGBTQ community.
I think it’s all very, Oops we got caught with the homophobic closeted hot guy, let’s cover our tracks.
I’m a cynic like that.


Jennifer said...

I love Charlize Theron for standing with her child and being vocal about her support for her! And I love John Oliver, his show is a huge part of the reason I keep HBO. As for the Pences...they can both FOAD, as Anne Marie would say!

the dogs' mother said...

(Charlize Theron)and (John Oliver)!
And go Mayor Pete!

anne marie in philly said...

@jennifer - HELL YEAH! the pences ain't worth jack shit and are piss poor human beings!

I just dropped a personal letter to mayor pete into today's mail.

Helen Lashbrook said...

I personally think that anyone who calls his wife Mother (unless they are from Yorkshire) is extremely ODD! Add that into the virulent homophobic mix and your have one white haired mess (along with teeny tiny Mother).

Sixpence Notthewiser said...

Charlize rocks. Gender nonconformist kids with a smart parent can really flourish.
Grendel and Schock are the worst kind of gays: rethugs without a clue. May they never get laid again.
Pete is getting attacked. That means he’s doing it right. Have heard of any other ‘new’ Dem? That’s right.
John Oliver consistently offers the best political commentary on record.
I despise Michael Pence with the force of three thousand suns.


Deedles said...

I wanna see some furbaby pix! Depression is a hideous thing :)

Dave R said...

I agree with you about Rossi and Masi... of course, maybe they live under a rock.

Tillerson was given the job because the Idiot Jerk thought he'd say yes to everything.

Richard Grenell even looks line a Nazi wannabe.

Charlize is one smart cookie. There's a good possibility Jackson will emotionally change genders several more time before finally making a decision.

Moving with Mitchell said...

I admire Charlize Theron and am so happy for her daughters!

Kirk said...

Charlize Theron--you are just wonderful.