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THE SHOT — Meghan McCain’s new book Dirty Sexy Money, wherein John McCain’s daughter is snapped by NOH8 creator Adam Bouska.
It’s called dirty sexy politics – pay attention when you write stories!
I’m glad in her choice for the photographer. Not sure it will make any impack with her dad though. Bigots have always hired the people they hated to work for them.
@Cam: Actually, Meghan McCain and her mom are both republican supporters of gay marriage. They both did NoH8 shots and, they both looked amazing.
My comment wasn’t directed at Meghan but at her father. I was saying that to him it doesn’t matter that she hired a gay man to do the photoshoot. Bigots like him are used to having people from the groups they look down on working for them.
As for Meghan and her mother, I’m very aware that they have spoken out in support of gay rights in the last few years.
Dear Meghan, you silly B,
It deeply concerns me to hear about your quest to “reinvent” a group of bigots. So, I feel I should demonstrate the history and future of a few bigots.
A) The Nazis were proundly rooted in their bigotry—>the neo-Nazis are rather bigoted today.
B) The KKK formed among a group of proud bigots—>the Klan is bigoted as hell today.
B) The Fundamentalist christian repubs are bigoted—>(gasp!)….
You mean, she chose a GAY photographer!?
I had no idea we gays were creative, who knew!
And she posed for a celebrity cliche’ photo campaign!?
That generates “awareness” about gays? Damn…here I’ve been tirelessly donating money, time and sweat for the cause and nobody even knew I existed!? Good thing Meghan slapped some tape over her mouth for me!
And her mother to? WOW! Good thing, since her mother is SO influential with the republican senators!
That must be why she never said anything or stood up against her father’s rhetoric during the 2008 election-she was just busy helping us in ways that will benefit us in the long term, like a snazzy photo!
Screw Harvey Milk, this girls such a FABULOUS icoooooon!! ****
@jjaylad: At one point in time, it was the republicans who fought a war to end slavery against the democrats, who fought to uphold it. Even more recently the Republicans went from fiscally conservative to a group of folks who spent massive amounts during the Bush era. Megan only stands for the economics of her party and she wants it to get out of the social issues that they have sunk into. Besides, it’s no secret that change happens most effectively when it comes from within. Assuming and living based on the impossibility of change is pretty much the same as preventing it from happening.
@Ryan: Dude, chill out. Nobody is claiming she’s an icon. But she IS a young, heterosexual republican who’s FOR gay rights…and those are few and far between. Asinine yelling isn’t doing any good.
“Megan only stands for the economics of her party”
isn’t it f’ed up that she supports a party that proudly caters to bigots, brilliant economists or not??? i think the point was about fundamentalists, not the republican party itself. the two are firmly married these days. i just heard an ad in which a repub said, “we can even count on my opponent [to not support] on gay marriage.” we=fundamentalists
isn’t it f’ed up that she supports a party that proudly caters to bigots, brilliant economists or not??? i think the point was about fundamentalists, not the republican party itself. the two are firmly married these days. i just heard an ad in which a repub said, “we can’t even count on my opponent [to not support] on gay marriage.” we=fundamentalists
isn’t it f’ed up that she supports a party that proudly caters to bigots, brilliant economists or not??? i think the point was about fundamentalists, not the republican party itself. the two are firmly married these days. i just heard an ad in which a repub said, “we can’t even count on my opponent [to not support] on gay adoption.” we=fundamentalists
@ Jon Kung
In a bygone era, the Republican party supported civil rights and fought for the rights of people of color. It shouldn’t be forgotten, but let’s be honest; that era has long since passed.
From Barry Goldwater’s 1964 campaign to today’s Tea Party, the GOP has catered both implicitly and explicitly to the racism that exists in this country. After all, Ronald Reagan chose to give a speech on “states’ rights” (read: allow us to trample on people of color without messy federal interference) only miles from Philadelphia, Mississippi, where civil rights workers were murdered in the 60s. A massive fuck you to those who fought and died for civil rights only days after his nomination that foreshadowed the next 30 years of Republican policies.
And regarding “Megan only stands for the economics of her party and she wants it to get out of the social issues that they have sunk into”: to divorce Republican economic philosophy from a broad swath of social issues is naive at best, and knowingly disingenuous at worst.
The GOP’s constant howling to slash budgets (but only when convenient…and when they’re not in power…and when they want to look like deficit hawks) usually targets the programs and departments of our federal government that provide services and support for those in our society who need it most. How many times have GOP candidates and officials called to eliminate the Department of Education? Or Energy? Or Labor? Or Commerce? This “starve the beast” mentality only seems to target the parts of our government that work best and have brought people out of poverty through education, safer workplaces, etc. Since those parts of the government don’t cater to bourgeois, predominantly white people, they’re easy targets for conservative talking points about bloated government. Any suggestion of cutting, say, defense spending, which dwarfs many other parts of the budget, is heresy in right of center economic thought.
So, yes, thank you Meghan McCain for speaking up about a few social issues (after your father ran and lost for president, of course, not when you really had a platform to push GOP social policies out of the Victorian era), but I’m afraid new window dressings don’t make up for a house built on shoddy economics and racist, classist policies that seek to further disenfranchise the working and middle class and particularly people of color. Once again, too little and too late.
Ditto @jjaylad. the fact that her party is full of bigots, who vote like bigots now and will vote like bigots for a long time, isn’t trumped by her cute little website or book. She simply shouldn’t support a party of bigots, if she doesn’t believe in inequitable civil rights. it’s interesting that u guys turn to slavery to defend the repubs. Slavery was bad: it denied people of their rights.
“Conservative economics” are simply not enough to trump the soul on equality. By supporting repubs on this basis, she’s simply (without voting) making the repubs seem sophisticated and thoughful(they aren’t), in spite of disgustingly hateful social initiatives that so clearly define their bottom line on the individual value and rights of gays.
@The Berg: I don’t agree that the mentality can never be subject to change. More and more I’m getting to know young conservatives, even religious ones, who believe in our right to marry. It’s really just a matter of time for us, we all know that. Change happens in waves by generation and these latest ones, while bleak in some aspects, at least seem to shed a light on the marriage situation.
As far as economic conservatism being a vehicle for racism, I’ll have to disagree with you on that as well. While that might be the intent of some of these backers, it is certainly not the basis for the theory itself. You can take a look at Hong Kong, one of the richest cities in the world in terms of culture and capital. They have a free market economy that would get a fiscal conservative all hot and bothered. Of course, I would go on to say that culturally speaking, such economic freedom would probably not work in America, but that doesn’t mean they can’t dream. There’s evidence fiscal conservatism is a method that works and we can look at toronto to see how fiscal activism works. Or we can look out my window over the city of Detroit to see how fiscal activism fails miserably. Meghan’s point is that these are the issues that we should be debating over. And while she didn’t speak out when her father was running for president, I would say that it was not her place to. She calls herself a republican and she says that one of her beliefs is that gays should have the right married. Actually, if anything, it’s more of a non-issue to her.
I find it sad to see that there’s so much bitterness in our community. I understand, we’ve been hurt. We’re getting a raw deal in this country. But it’s a rather sad day when we loudly proclaim how jaded we’ve become by attacking anyone who doesn’t support our cause exactly the way we want to be supported. Perhaps it’s time to reexamine ourselves and explore the extent of our damage, I feel like it could be a symptom for something more detrimental and any Fundamentalist; only because it’s so analogous to their behavior.
Did she pick the photographer because he’s gay? I hope not… the qualifications should be based on if they are good in their profession. This is not news… and it’s time for gay sites to choose stories that merit their space.I happen to be an openly gay photographer, but qualifications are far more important, just as when voting for a candidate… or cheering for athlete, or picking a hairdresser. This is the 21st Century, it’s time to think with your head… the one on your shoulders!
@jerry pritikin: Did she pick the photographer because he’s gay?
In a roundabout yeah, I suppose you can say that. She picked him because she’s friends with him. She’s friends with him after she did the NOH8 shoot. He does the NOH8 shoots because he’s gay.
In a roundabout yeah, I suppose you can say that. She picked him because she’s friends with him. She became friends with him after she did the NOH8 shoot. He does the NOH8 shoots because he’s gay.
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