Much like the overuse of the “n” word is apparently appropriate in some circles, so too is poking fun at gays. Chris Rock, the loudmouth, obnoxious, unfunny, eat-an-apple-through-a-picket-fence-huge-teeth, b-grade talent, racist, recently insinuated that only queers would watch the Oscars. (”What straight black man sits there and watches the Oscars? Show me one.”)
I’m not making a judgment call on his comment, because frankly I don’t care enough about the overhyped, slap-yourself-on-the-back, boost-your-self-esteem, make-more-money-for-Hollywood, beauty pageant called the Academy Awards. But I am curious about the reaction being given to Rock’s comments.
Academy Awards producer Gil Cates said “These were humorous digs…“
Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation issued a statement in defense of Rock. GLAAD executive director Joan Garry said. “It’s shtick …”
Interesting that they’d just consider it “schtick” when someone like Chris Rock, a Hollywood liberal, makes the jokes. The same group had this to say about Jef and Jer, a couple of white guys on the radio in San Diego:
GLAAD got reports from several LGBT community members that the DJs from the Jeff & Jer Show were playing several games that some members of the San Diego LGBT community found offensive. One game involved questions where one of the DJs would ask: “Is this a gay nickname or a fishing lure?” The answers were nicknames such as: a “red hole ripper” and “I’ll butt out.” Another game involved asking male callers to talk about their “gay trait,” i.e., an “effeminate” mannerism they had.
We contacted the show’s producers and told them that they were offending San Diego’s LGBT community with these comments.
I’m not surprised.