Respect between sex, specie and environment*
Written by:  Alex Sandell

I hate prejudice of any kind, and that includes the generally accepted prejudice against homosexuals.  It would be hard for me to walk through the halls of a mall pointing out all the "niggers" and "gooks" without someone getting a little offended, but I betcha that, 99% of the time, I could point out a "faggot" with no vocal objections from onlookers or friends.

Why is this?  Well, I think homosexuals are really humanity's last acceptable hatred receptacle.  Blacks can now sit in the front of the bus, but an openly gay man can't even sit in the back of certain churches, without getting booted.  Chinese people are now allowed to teach American History in high schools across the country, but a gay woman, who didn't reveal her "secret identity" when hired, can be fired from a school when her fully-clothed picture appears in a lesbian-oriented magazine.  A white woman in the army has no reason to keep it a secret that she is in a "mixed" relationship with a black man, but a gay individual is told that he will be dishonorably discharged if he so much as hints that he might be a homo.  

And then we got freaks like Eminem (who actually writes some pretty good raps, if you like that sorta thing), adding fuel to the fire with lyrics such as, "My words are like a dagger with a jagged edge - That'll stab you in the head whether you're a fag or les - Or the homosex, hermaph or a trans-a-ves Pants or dress - Hate fags? The answer's yes."  Now, Mr. Mathers (or Eminem, or Slim Shady, or whatever you wanna call him) claims he's not homophobic, and all this stuff is a joke.  I tend to side with him on this issue, although, when you think of some of the fans he has (naive little 14 year olds with a chip on their shoulder, and a need to prove their "manliness"), you wonder when a joke crosses a line, and just stops being funny. 

White rapper Eminem hoping
the middle finger and a sneer will
conceal his closet homosexuality.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) wondered the same thing, and apparently decided the joke stopped being funny a long time ago.  I'm guessing right around the time they first had some gay basher call them a "fag" and punch them in the mouth.  So, the folks over at GLAAD issued a statement where they ask us to voice our disgust over Em's raps to his manager and record label.  They claim the music encourages "violence and hatred" against gays and lesbians. 

Anyway, I was going to go on to say that Em's music probably could incite violence among morons, but so could a really intense episode of the Road Runner.  I was going to say that parents and communities need to start teaching people better values, so, when a rapper like Eminem comes along, we can all just take his words as a joke, rather than let what he writes teach us how to behave.  I was going to say that I have the new Eminem CD, and that, when more uptight citizens get a chance to listen to it, there's going to be a lot more "statements" issued about its "vulgar" content.  Soon we'll have women's groups, feminist organizations, church organizations, Columbine parents, parents in general, and who knows who else telling the world that this CD will send anyone that listens to it to hell, or at least to a psychiatric institute, of some sort.  I was going to say that, with each of the statements issued from these groups and organizations, Eminem will sell another 100,000 copies.  This seems to be a pretty foolish way to get things done.  "Hey, this guy is a homophobe, let's print his lyrics for all to see, and advertise his records!"  I was going to say all that, but I'm tired of writing this update, so I guess I won't say any of it.  Instead, I'll issue a brief statement to the media which reads:  

"CAN'T WE ALL JUST LEARN TO ACCEPT THAT WHICH WE CAN'T UNDERSTAND AND LEARN TO UNDERSTAND THAT WHICH WE CANNOT ACCEPT?  This widespread hatred over people, just because of their skin color, sexual preference, body fat, or country they live in (with exception made for France.  We should just blow that place all the hell up.) really gets to me.  It makes me sick to think that I'm going to die in essentially the same world I was born in:  one where people learn to be afraid of, and hurtful toward, anything and everything that isn't exactly like them."   

*Except France.  

PS - The title to this piece is a lyric from a Propagandhi song.  They're a punk band . . . from Canada.

PPS - I had a really cool opening line to this update which read:  "Even more befuddling than the 'which came first, the chicken or the egg,' conundrum, is the 'who's more annoying, the homophobes or the gays' riddle."  I decided not to use it, because it may have been taken literally by some, and I'm not one that likes to draw controversy to myself.   

All content, with exception made for that picture of Eminem is Copyright 2000 Alex Sandell [All Rights Reserved].  Only a faggot would copy this, without my permission.  You want people thinkin' you're a faggot?  Do ya?  Huh?

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