From a (gay) reader:
The thing you have to understand is the complete and utter narcissistic
victimology that is 90% of gay culture today. As a gay man myself, it
frequently disgusts me that our subculture’s empowerment has come at the
expense of taste, morals, and common courtesy. Since we were treated
badly in the past, the feeling goes, we have the right to act any way we
see fit. In a spectacular display of over-compensation, we have
rejected the social standards that said we were filthy deviants, and now
we perceive ourselves as faultless saints. If it’s gay, no matter how
decadent, it’s okay.
Gerry Studds and Jim McGreevy were given free passes because they were
’victims’ of the old standards (which no longer exist, but that has no
bearing on our fault process–like those in favor of reparations for
slavery, you are going to have to pay for calling us ‘faggots’ for the
rest of eternity). However, Foley’s crimes are too much to bear,
because he belongs to Republican Party, which is Our Enemy.
I get this “us or them” treatment all the time when I declare that I
don’t decide where to cast my vote solely based on whose party platform
trumpets gay rights, or the fact that even though I think we should be
married, I think that it shouldn’t be imposed by the courts, etc. Most
of the responses from gay people are going to be heavily influence by
this type of reactionary blather; even I feel it, as I bristle at things
that JPod, you or Derb say that seems to be slights to gay people. It’s
an emotional reaction, not a rational one.
Even so, fear not. You guys at the Corner do have your gay fans,
believe it or not. This one would just like this spectacular display of
grossness to go away. While the misbehavior of Foley and the slothful
attitude of Congressional leaders is repulsive, the double standards of
gay and liberal punditry is just as stomach-churning.