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September 07, 2003

Where's the Outrage?

By Byron LaMasters

I've been impressed with several of the opinion columns in the Daily Texan already this semester, and here's another. Rafael Mittlefehldt asks why is the right-wing not outraged over the kiss between Madonna and Britney Spears? Personally, I thought that it was pretty hot, but it's interesting that the right has been relatively quiet on it.

If there's one part of pop-culture that makes me think the world is going to hell, it's the recent exponential growth of reality shows. However, there are dozens of things about pop-culture that make me think the world is going to hell. This week, it was the MTV Video Music Awards ceremony.

Shows like this make me glad my little 13-inch isn't cable-ready. If you've read a newspaper, used the Internet or watched TV in the last week, you have seen the picture of Madonna French-kissing Britney Spears. If not, you were probably looking for it. Pervert.

I realized the other day why all the news about the kiss annoyed me so much. It's because the only media outlets reporting on it with any sort of enthusiasm are, say, MTV News or Teen People. These guys are in the entertainment business, and their brand of glossy fabu-reporting reflects that. That's fine, because that's what they're paid to do, but I realized I was only disappointed because I was looking for real political debate. Yet all the stories out there about the event have been about the actual kiss, not any reaction.

This silence is rather significant. There is no lamentation from the pope. There's no call to arms from Billy Graham. The president has not hinted that perhaps the Video Music Awards ought to be codified in some way. There aren't any stories about the reaction, because there isn't any reaction.

This might not seem so out of the ordinary, since it was just a stupid show that no one takes seriously anyway. Then again, there's almost always a very public reaction to publicized homosexual behavior. This time, an entire sector of the religious community known for stepping in at times like these has decided to leave the entertainment industry alone. Eerily enough, no one's made a sound. Why?

Well, I took a sociology class a couple years ago, so I know why. It's because the homoeroticism in question involved women rather than men.

A friend of mine pointed out that if it had been two guys kissing at the awards ceremony, people would've gone nuts. Religious leaders everywhere would have called thousands of press conferences to officially denounce MTV. Bill O'Reilly would be booked through next April. Millions of old people across America would have written letters to the editor.

The reason for this blatantly conditional response is simple: Lesbians are just a lot cooler than gay men - in the eyes of conservative America. Notice how a vast majority of religious and conservative political leaders are male. There's little need to explain this in any great detail. Regardless of their views on homosexuality, a photo of attractive women kissing probably affects them more than they're willing to admit. Lesbian eroticism is still highly popular among homophobes.

Besides, they do have a lot more biblical support than most people might believe. Think the Bible condemns all homosexuality? You'd be wrong. It only condemns male homosexuality. Look at Leviticus 18:22: "You shall not lie with a man as with a woman. That is an abomination." The passage is clearly speaking only to one gender. Similarly, the story of Sodom in Genesis, Chapter 19, only describes the attempted gang-rape of men by men. And yeah, there might be something in Romans 1:26 that mentions passive lesbianism, but two out of three is pretty good. The first two books are older anyway.

Clearly, homosexuality isn't really in question at all. Reverse sexism is the real issue. Men everywhere - gay or straight - should be unwilling to stand for this, and demand equal treatment from the subtly oppressive opposite sex.

We'll all be watching the awards ceremony closely next year. Only when Jack Black and Snoop Dogg make their own headlines can we be assured a victory.

Posted by Byron LaMasters at September 7, 2003 07:39 PM | TrackBack


Incidentally, St. Paul would tell you that the Lord's "problem" with Sodom was the gang-rape (e.g. the fact that it was a really rude way to treat their guests), with the homosexuality part being merely incidental. That's what I get, at least, from Heb 13...

"1.Let brotherly love continue. 2. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. 3. Remember that them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body." (KJV)

Posted by: Jim D at September 8, 2003 06:04 PM

Funny ain't it? Sex sells... even to the most tightest of puckered A-holes... LMAO. :)

Posted by: Erin at September 8, 2003 10:31 PM


Here is the outrage from a conservative news article!

Plus, why is there so much partiality when it comes to same gender kissing? I mean if folks are going to be outraged when two men are kissing, then they should feel the same way when they see lesbian-kissing.

Also, that's not first time that MTV have showed same sex(as in gender) kissing on their award shows because Jennifer Lopez's man, Ben Affleck French-kissed his movie director, Kevin Smith at the 1999 MTV Movie Awards. That was funny and I have nothing against my buddy, Ben. I think that kissing stunt was funny, ok, and cool because it didn't bother me at all. Just like when Tom Selleck & Kevin Kline had French-kissed in "In & Out" which was a funny movie. Hey, I wouldn't mind playing their parts in a movie, either. Look, I'm man enough to say it since I have dreams of becoming an actor and winning an Oscar so I can careless what folks(especially other guys) feel about me!

Personally, I have nothing against same gender kissing because that's a gray area. But, I'm not for same gender sex which I believe that's unatural. That's the interpretation that I believe in from the Bible on this manner because God didn't make men to have sex with men or women to have sex with women due to their SEXUAL BODY PARTS. Yes, St. Paul did let us know that both lesbian sex & gay male sex are wrong in Roman 1:26-27. Let's not forget that God doesn't show partiality, OKAY(Roman 2:11) ! Just because the Old Testament mostly focused on condenming male homosexual sex acts as an example to show all homosexual acts(genital acts) are sinful, doesn't mean that lesbian sex is ok! I believe that if a person's sexual orientation is bi, gay, or lesbian, then they should be celebate & practice chasity because sexual activity was made only for married hetersexual couples, not outside of marriage! So kissing is totally different than having sex with the same sex or fornication. I wish folks would stop combining these 2 acts. Yes, folks are able to do both acts at the same time, but kissing can be used a CELEBATE way just like what Britney, Madonna, & Christina did at the VMA's.

HELLO, they weren't having lesbian sex on the stage! Yes, I think the kiss was VERY HOT and I have to admit that I didn't like it at first because I'm used to seeing both Britney & Christina are str8 women with class. I mean that I wouldn't think they would do something like that especally Britney. Well Christina, that's another story since we saw her video, "Dirrty", last year! LMAO! After hearing the media making a big deal of it especially by showing it more than one time, I started to like it and I'm starting to understand why many of us men like to see that.

Posted by: Fabian at November 11, 2003 05:22 AM

Why do gays expect to be married in our churches, when the church is against the gays. When the gays.. i like burnt oranges. they taste good
have fun

Posted by: Bob the Builder at November 26, 2003 10:45 AM

Why do gays expect to be married in our churches, when the church is against the gays. When the gays.. i like burnt oranges. they taste good
have fun

Posted by: Bob the Builder at November 26, 2003 10:46 AM

Why do gays expect to be married in our churches, when the church is against the gays. When the gays.. i like burnt oranges. they taste good
have fun

Posted by: Bob the Builder at November 26, 2003 10:46 AM

Here is more outrage!


Posted by: Fabian at January 18, 2004 07:31 AM
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