Joy Reid’s not getting her participation trophy, after more homophobic* blog posts come to light:
The LGBTQ advocacy group PFLAG National has rescinded Joy Ann Reid’s allyship award in light of Mediaite‘s report on newly unearthed homophobic posts from the MSNBC pundit’s old blog.
While Reid was slated to accept PFLAG’s Straight for Equality in Media award next month at the organization’s 45th anniversary celebration, the group opted to take back the offer after dozens of blog posts from The Reid Report containing anti-gay material were uncovered by an Internet sleuth.
The story itself is bizarre. Last December, Reid apologized for some blog posts in which she made fun of gay Florida politician Charlie Crist. This apology put her back into the good graces of the lavender mafia**. She then deleted her entire blog, apparently not realizing it’s still available in the Wayback Machine. By paging through the archives, someone discovered and published more and worse offenses against her new masters. She’s now claiming that someone*** hacked the Internet Archive and added those posts to her blog. It’s a genius defense that worked out really well for Anthony Weiner, you might recall.
But what are these horrid, homophobic attitudes she allegedly harbored? Did she propose waterboarding or shocking the gay out of people? Maybe throwing them off buildings? Nope, she merely didn’t want to watch them bumping uglies:
Most straight people cringe at the sight of two men kissing… I admit that I couldn’t go see [Brokeback Mountain] either… because I didn’t want to watch the two male characters having sex.”
Wow, what a horribly normal thing to say. The first sentence, despite the protestations of gays everywhere, is perfectly true. But that the last part is considered “homophobic” just shows how powerful the epithet has become. Apparently to be a leftist in good standing one has to enjoy gay porn.
Another problematic passage is the same way:
“Some people use the [word] ‘immoral’ when they really mean ‘distasteful’ — I think a lot of heterosexuals, especially men, find the idea of homosexual sex to be … well … gross, and they lump it in with immorality,” wrote the author in a post dated to 2007. “And then there are the concerns that adult gay men tend to be attracted to very young, post-pubescent types, bringing them ‘into the lifestyle’ in a way that many people consider to be immoral.
If there’s a problem in Joy’s passage, it’s that she too accommodating, not too homophobic. Normal men do not lump gay sex in with immorality because it’s gross, we call it immorality because it is immoral, a sin and lifestyle that must be repented of. And it’s simply a fact that some adult gays love fresh young boys. Just ask Milo.
In other words, Joy’s being called out, and is denying she ever wrote, statements that are factually true and express perfectly normal attitudes.
I’m no fan of Joy Reid. I really don’t care about her trophy or even whether she keeps her job — there are advantages to her opponents (that’s us) that can accrue either way. And I rather enjoy watching various lefties locked in a virtue signal battle. Some people are role models, others get to be object lessons. She’s firmly in the latter camp.
But I am a huge fan of normalcy and of speaking the truth, especially truths that are in line with God’s word and created order. Our popular culture has become a cesspool of ugliness and untruth, a place where lies rule and in which gay sex must be watched with alacrity lest one be cast out. It is a place where people are afraid to speak the truth and deny ever having spoken it.
It’s time to cast ourselves out of the irredeemable popular culture. It’s time to stop apologizing for the truth, but to cinch up our belts and tell it louder. It’s time to turn off the TV and get to work leading stronger families, building stronger churches, and establishing enough financial resilience that we cannot be coerced into the lies for fear of losing our jobs.
Paul told the Thessalonians that the mystery of lawlessness was already at work, that people will perish because they didn’t love the truth, then warned:
For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they might believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.
— 2 Thess 2:11-12
Speak the truth, no matter how they shame you. Hold to the truth, no matter what. Because the Truth is coming quickly, and you’ll want to be on his side when He arrives.
* Homophobia (n): A political epithet that identifies as a medical diagnosis. Its main use is to shame normal people for being normal.
** As witnessed by the aforementioned award. If you are an SJW with enough oppression points, you can get away with apologizing for wrongthink, as you’re just acknowledging the Narrative’s authority over you. It’s repentance for anti-Christians, a slave returning to his bondage.
*** Russians, no doubt.
I’m not a big fan of the term “normal” as it depends on the standards of the majority (or a reasonably vocal minority). I suspect that there were a lot of abhorrent things considered “normal” in Sodom. I prefer “right” to “normal”. “Right” is based on God’s word and does not change. “Normal” can and does change.
Think of it as rhetoric rather than dialectic.
Good call. The vast majority of people, deep down, would rather be “normal” than “right”.