Thursday, February 6, 2014

Russia Anti-Gay Law; Gabourey Sidibe's in Deep Shit

Russia Anti-Gay Law

This article talks about how Russia is going to apply its anti-gay propaganda law, something I've been wondering about since I heard the law went into effect. Like most laws in any country, it sounds as if this propaganda law will be interpreted to suit the needs (and wishes) of the Russian Government.

For example:

The International Olympic Committee has reminded athletes that "no kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites." Athletes will be free to express their opinions at news conferences, however, according to IOC President Thomas Bach.

Sochi organizers initially took issue with Bach, but then backed off.

President Vladimir Putin has assured gays that they will be welcome in Sochi but only if they "leave the kids alone." Dmitry Kozak, the deputy prime minister overseeing the games, repeated that message Thursday.

As it stands, I find it hard to have any respect for the Olympic committee or any gay athletes associated with the Sochi games. But I'm reserving my opinions until after the games. Maybe something good will happen, as so many US athletes have claimed...as a result of them going to Russia and showing Russia who they are. It could also turn out that after the Sochi games the gay hate in Russia will not only continue as is, but get even worse. The US athletes will return to their privileged lives and pretend they were never there. And right now I'm taking names for the future so no one forgets about this travesty of human rights, and how human rights were put on the back burner to make way for a commercial event like the Olympics in the year 2014.

You can read more here.

Gabourey Sidibe's in Deep Shit

Again.

Before I get into what happened with Gabourey Sidibe, I'd like to remind readers that I've posted on this topic before...whether or not the word "tranny" should be used. I don't use it. I do support those who don't think it should be used. But I also understand...I "get"...that some people within gay culture not only use the word "tranny" all the time, but it's not by any means offensive to them. And this includes some transgender people. (But not all.)

But the difference here is that Gabourey Sidibe is not transgender and not gay (as far as I know) and she use the word "tranny" MANY times during the Arsenio Hall show as if it meant nothing to her, and she's ruffled more than a few proverbial feathers as a result.

Gabourey Sidibe: There was a bar that we would frequent and every time we'd go, when we were leaving every single time there was always like a gang of cops arresting trannies.
Audience: [Laughter]
Sidibe: Specifically trannies.
Arsenio Hall: Yeah…
Sidibe: And I don't know what goes on with trannies but that tranny on tranny crime needs to stop!
Arsenio Hall and audience: [Laughter]
Sidibe [chuckling]: It is tearing our nation apart!

She clearly didn't mean harm, not with intent or literal harm. However, as a public figure should she have known better? Should she have realized that in using the word "tranny" she's defeating the purpose of her entire conversation? Or is it just becoming too PC and we expect too much from public figures these days? I don't know. All I know is that I tread with care at all times.

Frankly, I just think she didn't know any better and now she does. I also think she could use a few acting lessons so she learns how to stop dropping those sentences in every part she plays. Seriously. She made it this far. Take a course. Improve yourself while you're zipping around in that private jet. One of the things that comes with this kind of celebrity is responsibility. And it's her job to figure out what to say or not to say in public so she doesn't offend people. I know that's not always possible. But this one was pretty simple if you have a basic clue.

I also don't like the fact that transgender people are put into the spotlight like this, on TV, as if they are part of a sideshow for the amusement of celebrities. And since Ryan Murphy has taken every liberty there is with social injustice on American Horror: Coven, you'd think his cast would have a basic idea when it comes to representing what he's been sneaking into his storylines all season.

We're only allowed just so many free passes in life before the truth is revealed.

You can read more here.




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