GLAAD's Outrageously Selective Outrage
Recent comments made on CNN drew a quick response
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Would you like an example of double standards and selective outrage? Me, too. Here’s one case of it in action.
Last Friday, former actor-turn-author and evangelical Christian Kirk Cameron appeared on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight." When the topic turned to homosexuality and gay marriage Cameron expressed his views, stating “I think that it’s detrimental and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization." He also explained his stance on gay marriage: “Marriage is almost as old as dirt, and it was defined in the garden between Adam and Eve. One man, one woman for life till death do you part. So I would never attempt to try to redefine marriage. And I don’t think anyone else should either,” Cameron said. “So do I support the idea of gay marriage? No, I don’t.”
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Within 24 hours, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation issued a statement denouncing Cameron.
“In this interview, Kirk Cameron sounds even more dated than his 1980s TV character,” Herndon Graddick, senior director of programs at GLAAD, wrote “Cameron is out of step with a growing majority of Americans, particularly people of faith who believe that their gay and lesbian brothers and sisters should be loved and accepted based on their character and not condemned because of their sexual orientation....“With an increasing number of states recognizing marriage equality, Americans are seeing that marriage is about committed couples who want to make a lifelong promise to take care of and be responsible for each other and that gay and lesbian couples need equal security and legal protections. That’s not ‘redefining’ anything.”
Meanwhile, Piers Morgan was interviewed by TMZ Saturday night and called Cameron "brave" and felt he “was honest to what he believed."
Now, let's go back.
During the Super Bowl, CNN staffer Roland Martin tweeted remarks GLAAD considered homophobic and could possibly incitement gay bashing. They unleashed their wrath on him leading to CNN suspending him indefinitely, despite Mr. Martin’s apology and meeting with GLAAD.
Piers Morgan gives Kirk Cameron a forum to call homosexuality “unnatural,” “detrimental” and “ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.”
Why is Morgan given a pass for telling TMZ Cameron’s remarks were “brave” and “honest” so be it "antiquated"? Does the qualifier that they were “antiquated” give Morgan a pass when Martin’s apology was not accepted?
Seems like GLAAD has their own evolving standards when it comes to Martin’s silly Tweets and Morgan’s tacit approval of Cameron’s clear and present homophobia.
What’s the lesson to be learned here?
It’s a bad thing when a Black CNN contributor implies homophobia but it’s okay when a White CNN host applauds it?
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How can GLAAD plausibly criticize a nobody like Cameron while giving Morgan a pass? I could care less what a nobody like Cameron says. This is a guy who attacked Steven Hawking and John Lennon for not believing in heaven. To go after the former teen idol of Growing Pains while saying nothing about Piers Morgan, the enabler and defender of Cameron’s bigotry makes no sense. Or maybe it does if GLAAD figures they’ve bagged their quota of CNN personalities by getting Martin off the air.
GLAAD apparently considers the sin lies in making remarks they consider offensive. But if you give the homophobe a forum and defend his right to be homophobic, it’s no harm, no foul?
Or maybe the simplest answer is it’s true that hypocrisy is the greatest luxury and GLAAD is more willing to take on homophobic remarks when they’re coming from self-described Christians like Martin and Cameron and tolerate them when Morgan sticks up for bigotry. This is the trouble with groups who make it their life's work to seek out offenses against their group; they are frequently inconsistent and selective about who or what offends them. A small slight by Martin becomes a massive insult while Morgan's tacit endorsement of Cameron's bigotry gets the back of the hand treatment from GLAAD.
These are the benefits of a being an owner of the White privilege card. Don’t leave home without it.