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Bigot of the Week Award: September 21, Rupert Everett

21 Sep

Bigot of the Week

This week’s BWA was a particularly sad one for me to write.  I am consistently sad when I learn of self-loathing gays who internalize oppression.  Rupert Everett, star of An Ideal Husband, The Importance of Being Earnest, Shrek II, and many other films, proved to be an amazing disappointment and demonstrated both his self-loathing and his privilege.

In an interview with The Telegraph Everett stated, “I can’t think of anything worse than being brought up by two gay dads.”  Really? You can’t think of anything worse? Wow, what a privileged life you live.  I hear Mitt Romney is looking for self-loathing gays such as yourself for endorsements.

Another statement of Everett’s revealed his ignorance of his own power, influence, and privilege: “I’m not speaking on behalf of the gay community. In fact, I don’t feel like I’m part of any ‘community.” If only it were that simple, Mr. Everett.

I’m embarrassed for you that I have to explain this, but you see you are a major celebrity and regardless of your intent, people will be guided by what you say.  Your influence is disproportionate by design of your celebrity. You have not only proven to be most ungenerous to your LGBT brothers and sisters, but you have proven that your own internalized oppression has rendered you a homophobic bigot.  You are also clearly not a man of science, which has demonstrated that children from same-sex parents are actually more well adjusted than children from opposite sex parents.  You must have the same science background as the bigot Mark Regnerus. You are now 53 years old.  Might I suggest a good therapist for you?

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Celebrating Women’s History Month: March 15

15 Mar

Honoring Jennifer Saunders

Today I would like to honor and pay tribute to Jennifer Saunders. Here in the U.S. Saunders is probably best known as the maniacally depraved Edwina Monsoon from Absolutely Fabulous, but for me, she is much more than just a brilliant comic. Watching Ab Fab, I felt safe as a gay man; that it was immaterial.  Saunders sends a clear message that homophobia is just plain ignorant and will not be suffered. I love the scene where she tells Saffy: “All my friends are gay! All my friends are gay!.”  Eddy’s foil, her daughter Saffy, is the militant feminist that helps make the entire satire of hedonism work.

When I first saw Shrek II, it wasn’t until I heard the Fairy Godmother order curly fries for her son Prince Charming, that I realized it was our Jennifer Saunders. Yet, another opportunity for Saunders to promote social justice, fight homophobia, and promote a strong feminist message all under a wonderfully amusing comedy.

Saunders also created Jam and Jerusalem, or here in the states Clatterford. In Clatterford, we see a group of women trying their very best to pull together and contribute to society, despite their differences and idiosyncrasies, a la Rosie/Margaret, played by the most magnificent Dawn French (Vicar of Dibley). I think I love this show because the issue of social justice is at its core–people are dedicated to the greater good for the greater cause.

Finally, I have to praise Saunders’ triumph in creating Vivienne Vyle. Vyle is a scathing indictment of Western Culture, reality TV, and the much canonized St. Oprah. Vyle is a no holds barred examination of the ugliest most corrupt parts of humanity. While quite dark, there is something compelling about this show. I almost suspect it is Saunders pervasive personal optimism that emanates through,despite the social commentary. If you have not see this show, I strongly encourage you to rent it on Netflix, or however you rent videos.

I applaud Jennifer Saunders for her courage, wit, and strong stand for social justice through her creative media.

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