On Keith Olbermann: Hey, It’s Nice That a Straight Guy Kinda Gets It, But Geez, He’s Still Not a Messiah
In which The Gay Recluse feels vaguely nauseous.
So OMG did everyone hear that Keith Olbermann had a “special comment” last night (or was it two nights ago, whenevs) about Prop 8 and gay marriage? Chances are, if you spent five seconds on the internet today, you did!
We were told not only to watch it thousands of times, but to send it along to all of our closest friends and relatives! If KO can get it, so can they!
And in truth, it’s not a bad clip. Even though KO makes a wtf point at the beginning when he notes that his family and personal life are not tainted by the presence of any gays, he does make an earnest and at times moving if melodramatic and overwrought appeal to the idea that love between two people of any gender is something that should be allowed to burn, or at least not be actively extinguished.
So our reservations here really have nothing to do with KO, even though we can’t help but ask why he couldn’t have made the point last week if he felt so strongly about it. But hey, better late than never — and trust us, this is going to be a national issue, so there will be plenty of opportunity for him to reiterate — and obv the world would be a better place if even five percent of the political shouting heads on teevee expressed themselves as eloquently as KO, and shared his socially liberal mindset. Maybe a few of them even have some gayz in their families!? Can’t wait to find out.
What struck us as kind of sad, however, was the fervor with which the appeal was made by some of our gay friends in their pleas to watch and forward this around. There was an aura of redemption, as if to say: “You see, this aggressively straight network teevee man with a deep, sexy voice understands, so now we are truly worthy. Finally — validation!”
This is a completely understandable impulse, given the extreme and oppressive levels of hatred we have all grown up with and still live under 24/7. Even if we’ve been “accepted” by our families and friends, it cannot be disputed that we are by and large considered disgusting freaks by what at most times feels like 100 percent of the population, as watching a few hours of network teevee (and the associated advertising) quickly proves. This is still a country — no, a civilization — where a gay kiss on the cheek is beyond the pale of most shows and advertising.
On some level, we too wish to be loved and accepted. We want our loves (and our fucking) to be appreciated or at least understood, we want acknowledgment that our forms of these passions are no worse than anyone else’s.
This is why KO’s message reverberated so strongly, we think. But if KO changed one person’s mind on this issue, we would like to hear from you, e.g., “I hated the gays and voted for Prop 8, but after hearing KO, I wish I could vote against it now.”)
The love and acceptance we crave is beyond the ability of KO or anyone else to grant, and so we try not to attach too much importance or expectation to what he or anyone else says. This is why KO’s gesture is kind but ultimately irrelevant and superficial.
We’re not talking about a political truth but a philosophical one, rooted in the notion that life is the heaviest of burdens, and our only task is to live it.
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