The queer internet let out a collective eye roll this week after alleged photos of former antigay GOP Congressman Aaron Schock partying with a group of shirtless men at Coachella surfaced online.
Then Queerty obtained a photo allegedly showing Schock in a full lip lock with another dude, his hand searching for something down the front of the guy’s pantalones.
Then we obtained a video of it.
Given that, when he wasn’t misappropriating campaign funds, Schock spent the bulk of his short political career actively fighting against LGBTQ causes, the whole thing has people justifiably annoyed, offended, and confused.
It’s also left many wondering: Who are these dudes hanging out with him? And why?!
Which leads us to the topic of white gays. It’s something we’ve covered many times before.
Urban Dictionary defines a “White Gay” as:
The “Gay best friend” typically portrayed on sitcoms screaming “OH MY GOD GURL YAAAS”. An unbearable cis queen, everything they do or say has to be over-dramatic. A White Gay, like a White Feminist, is not exclusively White or Homosexual, the only definitive traits are the endless spouting of Tumblr or urban slang and “controversial” propaganda/topics in hopes of getting attention. Most likely a twink, with no conscience of privilege or minority struggles (most likely sexist although they try to act like black women).
Just to be clear, there’s a difference between being a “white gay” and being white and gay. Plenty of gay men who happen to be white don’t fit the description of a “white gay” and that’s great. Hats off to them.
OK, hats back on.
Since the pictures of Schock emerged, many have been calling out the other white gays in the photos for being, well, exactly that. White gays.
While there’s always the possibility these dudes don’t know who Schock is, chances are they do and they’re willing to overlook his homophobic past, which he has yet to acknowledge or apologize for, because he’s got a cute face and a six pack, not to mention his Miss Vanjie impersonation is hilarious.
Now, we’re not interested in identifying or doxing these men. (Honestly, it would be near impossible given that they all look exactly the same.) We are, however, interested in the dialogue that’s been happening around the situation. Many are using it as yet another example of how toxic masculinity and white supremacy still prevail in the gay community.
Of course, the question now is: Where do we go from here?
Here’s what folks are saying…
Aaron Schock is proof that hot white gays only care about their own vapid, bigoted kind.
— red narth blue narth (@1Narth2Narth) April 19, 2019
Aaron Schock is something else. But the dissent from those who defend him are a reminder that white gay men often operate as white men first, entitled second, gay third and members of the LGBTQ “community” about seventeenth.
— Phillip Henry (@MajorPhilebrity) April 17, 2019
Video of antigay former Rep. Aaron Schock, feeling up a hot shirtless man at Coachella. He voted against every law protecting LGBT people, but he gets away with it ’cause he’s cute with abs & hot white gays don’t care if they get to nail you. https://t.co/zFJUzLnNdl
— Jim David (@ComicJimDavid) April 18, 2019
I’m so glad everyone is calling out Aaron Schock, but have you tried confronting your *local* toxic white gay? equally important tbh.
— Colin Sullivan (@csulliva09) April 17, 2019
gay culture is white supremacy, example #293 https://t.co/WUvzz5pAAR
— E. Alex Jung (@e_alexjung) April 17, 2019
He just wants another white masc guys. No anti-Discrimination and makes him easier to say “no fat, no fem, no Asians”
— y (@mrqoz) April 19, 2019
I wonder if they’d have let #AaronSchock in their photo (and subsequently posted it online) if he wasn’t white, had a perfectly symmetrical face and had abs? ??
I think not.
Vapid “no fats, no fems, no rice, no spice” insta gays can officially get in the ? pic.twitter.com/UOEtCqkBET
— jacob streisand-brolin (@jakeeyy__) April 18, 2019
White Gays™? of Twitter really went extra terrible today. White people cannot experience racism, and Aaron Schock is a disgusting republican.
— Kevin Atkinson (@IKEAtkinson) April 17, 2019
Of course Aaron Schock was at Coachella with his hand down a guy’s pants while making out.
I’ve appreciated people saying the group of gays he was with need to hold him accountable for his vehimently anti-LGBTQ votes in Congress. But, repeat after me: WHITE GAYS ARE WHITE FIRST
— José Alonso Muñoz (@munozjose) April 17, 2019
“There is nothing impossible to him who attends Coachella with white masc4masc bros”
— coleyconsortium (@coleyconsortium) April 19, 2019
The fact that West Hollywood is safer for Aaron Schock than it was for Gemmel Moore just really reinforces how invested white gays are in white supremacy. Aaron Schock shouldn’t feel comfortable showing his face in WeHo. Gemmel should have felt free here, instead he was murdered.
— Twerk-Bajir (@JoePGould) April 18, 2019
Aaron Schock is the perfect example of whats wrong within the gay community. This man votes against lgbt protections/marriage equality but still gets dick because people in our community will HAPPILY ignore dangerous rhetoric coming out of any white gay with abs. #AaronSchock
— Johnny (@iPhauk) April 18, 2019
One thing I really don’t get about the gays who betray their values to make out with Aaron Schock: he literally could not look any more indistinguishable if he tried. Spend even five minutes in any gay bar in America and you’ll meet at least ten white gays who look just like him!
— Chris Stedman (@ChrisDStedman) April 17, 2019
In my opinion you are one of those white materialistic gay man that isn’t worth the ink on your birth certificate. You are a thief and self hating gay. #GoAway
— SaltyDogATX (@atx_dog) April 18, 2019
Fuck Aaron Schock and his history of voting against gay rights (and never apologizing for it) and fuck you white gays who are fucking him pic.twitter.com/BNYb1YKPO0
— The Gay Burn Book (@SouthernHomo) April 16, 2019