Oh, Dom, you are even closer to the truth than you realize! Not only has O been a huge supporter of Donnie Singer Against the Gay Curse McClurkin but has had him on her show and invited him to her huge Obama fundraiser at her version of Tara. THAT, in fact, is where Obama and McClurkin first met!
While she has her own personal Pocket Gay in cute Nate Berkus [whom she stills gets off on titillating her female audience with AS IF he were still in the public closet and remotely interested in them], and luvs to hobnob with certified celebrity gays, she has repeatedly shown that she’s very ambivalent about mere mortal gays and gayness itself; from being the only one to feel the need to repeatedly deny she and gal pal Gail are lovers to single-handedly making a star out of the snake who wrote the vile book about the down low. Every time she has on a woman who had been involved with a gay man, she demands, â€œBut couldnâ€™t you TELL? Werenâ€™t there SIGNS?â€ And teared up only during the interview with a pro football player telling his story about being molested as a child when a psychologist assured him he was â€œstill a MAN!â€ Whenever the rare gay guest mentions homophobia, she invariably bleats, â€œDo gays STILL have problems??!!â€ I guess she thought she had to leave the country today to find them.
And, yes, after, of course asking Ledger and Gyllenhaal about how uncomfortable they MUST have been to have to, horror of horrors, KISS ANOTHER MAN, her bumsâ€™ rush to the cast of â€œBrokeback Mountainâ€ as it was peaking as one of the most critically acclaimed movies of the decade and being lauded as the most gay-positive mainstream film in history was as revealing as anything. Particularly win she juxtaposed it in the rest of the show with an ostensibly straight guy who makes his living doing purposely bad drag. A MAN IN WOMENâ€™S CLOTHES? Now THATâ€™S entertainment!
Before anyone responds regarding her interview with Berkus after his lover died in the tsunami, recall that the words â€œgayâ€ and â€œloverâ€ and â€œboyfriendâ€ were never mentioned which, given that Berkus had never discussed his orientation before and O had been dangling him like catnip for women for years, led to some confusion/denial about his references to his â€œpartner.â€ One person writing on Oâ€™s Website said she was so sorry to learn that Nate had lost his â€œbusiness partner.â€
Miss O may have accelerated them, but thereâ€™s no reason to believe that Obama wasnâ€™t already aspiring before their paths ever crossed to run for President some day.
They have some good things in common, and I reiterate that I would vote for Obama in the GENERAL election [though never the primary after this unnecessary mess with McClurkin]. But one of the bad things they have in common is that they really donâ€™t take gay rights and homophobia all that seriously, and, thus, they can entertain, promote, and share the stage with someone that Black lesbian minister Irene Monroe calls â€œthe poster boy for African-American â€˜ex-gayâ€™ ministries.â€