Call For Nominations: Hero and Bigot of the Year.

23 Nov

Hero and Bigot of 2011

As we grow near to the end of the calendar year, TSM is getting ready to post the Hero of the Year Award and the Bigot of the Year Award.  As usual, we are calling for nominations.

Our Hero is a person that has fought for civil rights and social justice and has demonstrated a great amount of courage over the course of this past year, such as Elizabeth Warren who earned last year’s Hero of the Year Award. The person nominated for this honor should be someone who stands in solidarity with marginalized communities and stands up for the rights of the LGBT community, for women, and for people of color.

Our Bigot is the person who has consistently demonstrated behavior that works against civil rights and social justice. This person actively practices homophobia, misogyny, and classism.  John Boehner certainly earned this dishonorable award last year as he abused his power in the house and led the team of obstructionists.

Sadly, we have had a year chock full of bigots–an embarrassment of riches, so to speak.

TSM readers, chime in and let us know if you are willing to be thanked publicly for your nomination.

Warm regards and I stand in solidarity with marginalized populations,


17 Responses to “Call For Nominations: Hero and Bigot of the Year.”

  1. webwordwarrior November 23, 2012 at 9:08 am #

    Hooray! Award time!
    My nominees for Hero of the Year are Chris Kluwe (is he really a football player?) and Secretary of State Clinton.
    My nominees for Bigot of the Year are the Catholic Church (wasting money on marriage inequality while defending pedophiles and fighting contraception!) and the Rapetastic candidates (Mourdock, Akin, and company).
    It will be hard to wait a whole month to find out who the winners are!

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt November 23, 2012 at 9:21 am #

      You hold great gravitas on this blog, thus your nominations carry enormous weight. Chris Kluwe seems like he will at least make the top five, as will our Hillary Clinton. I am as giddy as a school kid, eagerly awaiting the nominations.

  2. Didion November 23, 2012 at 9:24 am #


    I want to nominate Mitt Romney. Not because he said any particularly offensive things — certainly not more offensive than things said by other members of his party. But because for six months of the year he alone represented an entire political party, and he did nothing to moderate the tide of offensiveness from that quarter.

    GOP politicians talking about “legitimate” rape and God’s will that rape victims getting pregnant? Romney did nothing to stop it.

    Planned Parenthood? Romney pledged to close it.

    Did Romney support the Lilly Ledbetter fair pay act? No. Did he support the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell? No. Did he pledge to support DOMA? Yes.

    Did he do anything to stop the crazy birtherism — from people like Donald Trump — the way EVEN JOHN MCCAIN had in 2008? No.

    And all this from someone who benefited enormously from the Obama campaign refusing to make Romney’s Mormonism an issue. Romney is a coward and a moral reprobate of the worst kind — he is the new face of the banality of evil. I nominate Romney for Bigot of the Year.

    [Stepping off soapbox now.]

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt November 23, 2012 at 10:43 am #

      Yes, Romney has to be in the top three for Bigot of the Year. Great nomination with great specifics to support your nomination!

  3. Diane November 23, 2012 at 9:48 am #

    Well, as you said, there are an abundance of riches. Dunno if they have to be in the US so I decided to compromise:

    Hero of the Year: Malala Youssoufzai, the little girl who was shot for wanting girls to be educated. She’s currently living in England for her own personal safety while she recovers.

    Bigot of the Year: so….hard….to……decide……I want to nominate the entire Republican party, but will settle for the star of Scott Brown’s political ads, George Patriarca (fitting name for a misogynist) who called Obama a “faggot,” Elizabeth Warren a “douchebag,” consistently uses the phrase “N******r” on his Facebook, called First Lady Michelle Obama “the first Wookie,” Obama campaign spokesperson Stephanie Cutter “a lying KHUNT,” MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell a “Khunt,” and DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz a “sleazeball,” and “a stupid khunt.”

    Tells you something about Scott Brown that he would use such a person, doesn’t it?

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt November 23, 2012 at 10:46 am #

      I am so glad I’m recording all of these nominations. Love Malala Youssoufzai for Hero of the Year. Oy! What awfulness lurks within the GOP and specifically Scott Brown. You have given TSM a plethora of folk to choose from for the awards.

  4. Central Oregon Coast NOW November 23, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    For me personally, the Bigot of the Year (though there are many who would qualify) was Rush Limbaugh. He inspired me to stop resting on my feminist laurels, come out of retirement, and become politically active again (I had been prohibited by my profession from being politically active until this year, but if it weren’t for Rush, and now that I think about it a lot of other bigots, I’d would probably be passively enjoying retirement). As for the Hero of the Year, I need to give that some more thought, but I think it may be the American Voter, especially those who stood in line for hours to exercise their right to vote despite strong efforts by some Republicans to keep them from voting.

    This is my personal opinion, not necessarily that of Central Oregon Coast NOW.
    Nancy Campbell Mead

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt November 23, 2012 at 10:50 am #

      Great comment and I so appreciate your candor around how Rush helped to pull you back to your activist roots!!! For that, we are all grateful.

  5. jennburleton November 23, 2012 at 10:30 am #

    Michael… thank you so much for doing this and for being the AMAZING person you are. I’m so honored to call you my friend and to have the opportunity to be yours!

    I have a couple of nominations, both ‘famous’ and ‘non-famous’. (Do they have to be from the USA?)

    The Transgender Child: For requiring the world to acknowledge their inner truth and for teaching us all to examine the gender binary prison we’ve created for ourselves.

    Wayne Maines: Father of young trans girl, fighting the Christian Right in the courts for his daughter’s right to both exist and use the restroom.

    Joe Biden: He may have “gotten ahead of his ski’s” on marriage equality, but he spoke from his heart, which then inspired the President to back his VP publicly and, as a result, the Democratic Party had to support marriage equality in their Party Platform. Heroic and Historic.

    Malala Yousafzai: What could be more courageous than a child of 15, living in a culture that is both extremely violent and extremely oppressive of women and girls to speak out publicly in defiance of that oppression? She was shot by Taliban cowards, survived and is inspiring the world.

    Bill Clinton: His Democratic Convention speech may have won the re-election of President Obama… which may have (in the short term at least) saved this nation from slipping into becoming a far-right, Christian theocracy.

    Rachel Maddow: She brings it, EVERY NIGHT and makes intelligence sexy. She also talks about racial, sexual and gender minority issues more than anyone else on the air.

    Jon Stewart: Same as above, only FUNNY. Best political commentary on any network and is reaffirming that, in humor, the truth always rises to the top.

    Chris Kluwe (I second that…)

    Anonymous “47% Video” Person: For capturing Mitt Romney being himself and, quite possibly, changing the outcome of the election.

    The California Legislature: For recognizing that “Reparative Therapy” is child abuse and making it illegal impose such treatment on LGBTQ folk (especially kids) in the state of California.

    I could go on… but let’s get to “Bigot of The Year”

    Rush Limbaugh: (From calling Sandra Fluke a “slut” to his overtly racist comments daily on radio, this guy is Joseph Goebbels for the 21st century.

    FOX News: They are sowing the seeds of hate, revolution, intolerance and racism to more people, more frequently than any media outlet in the history of the world. They are a menace to progress, unity and peace.

    The Republican Party: (For being so happily in bed with the Christian Far Right & the Tea Party)

    Family Research Council: For instigating and influencing so many “good Christians” to oppress people even remotely like me, or women in general, or…. anyone that isn’t them.

    The Illinois Family Institute: For bullying the Aurora (IL) East School District 131 into rescinding its policy that supported the right of transgender students to use the restroom corresponding to the gender identity and to be called by the name and pronoun they preferred.

    OneNewsNow: The right-wing, evangelical fundamentalist “news outlet” that aggregates news items from around the world and then ‘re-frames’ them in a way most likely to inflame and motivate its racist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic minions to rise up and lash out at imaginary demons and morally corrupt evildoers.

    Sorry if I went on too long. Thanks for the opportunity! 🙂

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt November 23, 2012 at 10:55 am #


      Your exceeding kindness, compassion, and heart are so helpful and a fundamental part of social justice for the world. I love that you nominated The Transgender Child: For requiring the world to acknowledge their inner truth and for teaching us all to examine the gender binary prison we’ve created for ourselves and Wayne Maines. Your list of nominations for Hero of the Year reminds us all that there are wonderful folk out in the world doing amazing work and having courageous conversations for social justice.

      Your list for Bigot of the Year is consistent with what I and others are naming as people who are actively working against humanity. You never go on too long! Thank you for the nominations. All my love, Michael.

  6. Jay November 24, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    I’m pleased to see multiple nominations for Malala Yousafzai. Part of being a hero is the assumption of physical risk, which to me suggests that extra weight should be given to nominees from, say, Pakistan, or Uganda.

    Yes, people like the President and First Lady and Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart and Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton all are worthy of consideration for Hero of the Year. However, they’re all millionaires, they’re all in positions of significant power and/or influence, and several of them have Secret Service protection, which obviously reduces the literal physical risk they face. Which is more heroic–giving a terrific speech to an adoring crowd (think Bill Clinton at the Democratic convention), or risking life and limb while toiling in obscurity?

    As to villainy, I’d suggest a group award for haplessness in bigotry. Karl Rove and the SuperPacs and the billionaires (Adelson, Koch brothers) who attempted to buy the election got very little bang for their many bucks. Republicans hair-splitting over rape was hugely offensive, so much so that it harmed the overall Republican brand-name. The far-right media echo chamber–Rush, Fox News, Trump, Coulter–was loud and shrill, and largely ignored by those who don’t reside within that echo chamber.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt November 24, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

      You continue to impress and amaze me. I love how you have underscored the idea of privilege in your comment here–how risk taking looks very different for those that live privileged lives, as opposed to those that may lose their life if they take any risk at all. You do a marvelous job of not negating or diminishing the heroic stands those with privilege have contributed while at the same time highlighting the amazing heroic stands those without privilege have taken.

      I also love your nomination of those bigots that have worked collectively to undermine the civil rights of so many! Well done, my friend!

  7. prideinmadness November 25, 2012 at 5:50 am #

    For Bigot of the Year I would have to say Akin is pretty high up there for me. He seemed to have started the public trend of trashing rape and abortion. Romney could get in there also of course! Ted Nugent also. Anne Coulter has also made me hate life a bit more than usual.

    Hero of the Year, there are a lot of people but seeing what other commentors have said I’d agree with Malala Yousafzai,

    Also just an honorable (if I can call it that) mention to Chris Christie because I am still blown away at how he acknowledged Obama’s leadership in helping NJ when Sandy hit. You don’t see bipartisan work like that anymore. It took something for him to acknowledge that in a time where it’s black or white, good or evil, republican or democrat.

  8. Voice of the Trailer November 25, 2012 at 10:16 am #

    Bigot(s) of the Year? Donald Trump, Sheldon Adelson, Steve Wynn, the Koch Brothers and their assorted super-pacs for their absolute transparent racism. From the absurd lies of “birtherism” to attempts to disenfranchise voters from the roles (again) to their last ditch attempt political ads, “The Republican party, the party of Lincoln, we freed YOU PEOPLE, now vote for us, N*****S!” They really think we poor white folk and people of color are stupid. They wasted money trying to buy an election and that makes me happy. Of course, it doesn’t equal the cumulative salaries or buying power of the small town I was born in, but it put a dent in their change purses. Don’t look to these bitches to go quietly, being sore losers they now threaten to secede. Shit, when Bush stole the election I just moped around for months threatening to move to Canada.

    Hero of the year? The American Voter. Like an 80’s movie in which nerds triumph over the uber-jock, people of color, queers, the stoner kids from the alley, the injured jocks who can no longer play, and the ugly girls stopped eating alone and took over their own table in the cafeteria and then they voted.

    Progressivism came out the big winner this election, openly queer people were elected, rape apologists defeated, wounded warriors with the sense of the futility of war elected, Liz Warren the biggest consumer advocate poor folks have–elected, landmark equality laws for gay marriage approved. WE MADE MAJOR STRIDES.

    It felt like I got everything I wanted for Christmas early as the husband and I terrorist fist jabbed to every announcement on NPR’s special election coverage. I didn’t even care that Michele Bachmann was re-elected (every school needs its mean girl). As 2012 rolls on, husband and I salt the rims of our margarita glasses with Republican tears. Thank you for playing! Come again!

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt November 25, 2012 at 11:34 am #

      Voice of the Trailer,
      I hardly know where to start to thank you! Your observations and nominations are spot on, with an acute awareness to issues around power, privilege, race, and marginalization. Yes, the GOP and the incestuous relationships with Trump, the Koch Brothers, and the rest certainly merit the dishonorable Bigot of the Year Award.

      I do want to call special attention to what you accurately observed a victory where “nerds triumph over the uber-jock, people of color, queers, the stoner kids from the alley, the injured jocks who can no longer play, and the ugly girls stopped eating alone and took over their own table in the cafeteria and then they voted.” I could not have stated it any better!

      With love and affection,


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