[Content note: homophobia]
"It seems like, to me, a vagina -- as a man -- would be more desirable than a man's anus. That's just me. I'm just thinking: There's more there! She's got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I'm saying? But hey, sin: It's not logical, my man. It's just not logical." -Phil Robertson
I've never heard of this Robertson gasbag before zillions of raging white heterosexuals leaped to his defense earlier this week, but lord, this statement is precisely the sort of I'm just a common folksy folk guy just telling it like it is tone that I find so irritating.
I mean, even the way CNN frames it invites a false dichotomy:
"Is this man simply expressing his beliefs or spewing bigotry?"
Like, a person can't be doing both things at once? As though if one is "simply" expressing one's beliefs, those beliefs should be immune from criticism?
Nope. Nopedy nope nope nope!
Robertson is part of a show on a TV network that, since his above commentary and also-abhorrent commentary about black people, has put him on hiatus indefinitely.
According to the same CNN article, there's a petition at change.org to bring Robertson back, along with a pro-Robertson Facebook page that now has at least 200,000 likes. It's so neat how the mainstream is so very forgiving of white men and boys who fuck up. It's almost like there's a whole culture entitling them to do so.
On the.... upside? I have been a little entertained by the more than a handful Robertson Internet Defenders who are saying things like, "All he did was quote the Bible! A man can't even quote the Bible anymore?!?!"
*stops to re-read Robertson quote*
And today's post was brought to you by one of the worst PR campaign for Christianity, ever.