© 2007 J. Matt Barber
word-watchdogs and their allies in the mainstream media have hurt
feelings … again. As per
usual, liberals are frothing at the mouth in a fit of very selective,
self-righteous indignation over provocative comments made by Ann
Coulter and are hunting the conservative firebrand with pitchforks,
torches and rope in hand.
While addressing an audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last Friday, Coulter joked in her trademark fashion that, “I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate, John Edwards, but it turns out you have to go into rehab if you use the word ‘faggot,’ so I – so kind of an impasse, can’t really talk about Edwards.”
And the proverbial fan was thusly and most directly hit.
Admittedly, Coulter employed unusually abrasive and bombastic language – even for her – to make a point; but ironically, the reaction she’s getting from the left (and from some on the right) would seem to quite precisely demonstrate the apparent thrust of her prickly comments. Perhaps that was part of her intention.
Never mind that those in the “gay community” throw the word “faggot” around as a term of endearment for one another as frequently as Hillary Clinton changes her accent and in much the same manner as black “gangsta-rappers” break out the “N-word.” And never mind that the left constantly redefines that which is or is not a “permissible” moniker for those engaged in the homosexual lifestyle (one day “queer” is bad, and the next day “queer” is good. In fact, the latest from the PC police is that it’s now “hateful” to call a homosexual a “homosexual” – go-figure. They prefer that innocuous, cutsie and happy-go-fluffy little term “gay” if you please.)
It’s the left defining the terms, mind you. And it’s the left that further identifies who has permission to use those terms. Therefore, it’s only reasonable for them to apply that famous “progressive” double standard to Coulter. After all, she is a “hateful” conservative.
don’t misunderstand; Coulter’s comments lacked civility to be sure and were entirely
compare her use of the word “faggot” to use of the “N-word.”
it would seem that African-Americans, who have truly experienced grave
and systematic injustice over the years while struggling to obtain
certain civil rights to which they were denied, might rightfully be
offended by such a spurious comparison.
African-Americans are a little more than annoyed by the fact that the
militant homosexual lobby has so artfully hijacked the rhetoric of
genuine civil rights. That
rhetoric has been cynically misapplied to the homosexual agenda, which
includes mandated moral relativism, social androgyny and not just full
acceptance, but celebration of a pleasure-based, sexually deviant
the black community’s struggle for civil
rights to homosexual activists’ struggle for special
rights is a disingenuous parallel.
By comparison, homosexuality is rooted in disordered, unhealthy
and changeable behaviors that have – prior to the onset of social
post-modernism – been considered both immoral and repulsive.
Being black is rooted in, well, being black.
than equating the word “faggot” to the “N-word,” perhaps a
more accurate correlation lies between the word “faggot” and other
behaviorally derived derogatory terms such as “slut” or
referencing an adulterer as a “slut” or a “whore” for that
person’s lifestyle choices, one voices disagreement with certain
behaviors (infidelity or promiscuity) historically frowned upon by
in either case, use of such disparaging words is coarse, unnecessary
and counterproductive. One
can express legitimate disagreement with lifestyle choices, which run
counter to traditional norms and mores of society, without reverting
to the use of such nasty language.
As for Coulter’s specific comments, she apparently intended a dual connotation. She seemed to either suggest that Edwards is in fact a homosexual (not likely) or that he is somewhat effeminate and/or “wimpy” in terms of his positions on public policy issues – that he politically embodies certain stereotypes associated with homosexuality (probably more likely).
Coulter was making a clear reference to the recent uproar which
ultimately resulted in Grey’s
Anatomy star Isaiah
But to hear the left talk about it, you’d
think Coulter had gone so far as to pine for the assassination of the
Vice President of United States or something (and, of course, that’s
exactly what liberal activist Bill Maher actually did on the same day
Coulter made her unfortunate comments.
And it should come as little surprise that we’ve heard only
the deafening and ever-so-telling clamor of silence from the left on
that one. Gotta love that
while making her inflammatory comments, perhaps Coulter – in her own
less than glorious way – intended not only to question John
Edwards’ political machismo but to suggest that America’s
self-appointed thought police stop trying to force those who dare to
violate their politically correct word-code into Orwellian,
re-education “rehab” camps. When Coulter spoke last Friday,
everyone heard the word “faggot.” But if you take her words
– abrasive as they were – in their full context, she was
apparently just telling the left to back off and “bag it.”
Matt Barber is one of the “like-minded men” with Concerned Women for America and serves as CWA’s Policy Director for Cultural Issues.