Category Archives: Popped Culture

Tim Tebow Targeted By Vast Left Wing Conspiracy

BizzyBlog (cross-posted to NewsBusters) is blogging about attempts by feminazi brown shirts sorry, women’s groups to prevent a Focus on the Family ad that will feature Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow and his mother from airing during the Super Bowl. The controversy? The ad will apparently focus on the decision that Pam Tebow made in 1987 not to abort her fifth child against the recommendation of doctors in the Philippines after she became ill while there on a mission trip. Obviously pro-choice feminists view this ad as a threat. It might make women contemplating abortion think twice when they think about Tim Tebow, who went on to win the 2007 Heisman Trophy. He couldn’t have done that if he had never been born, and maybe women contemplating abortion will wonder what future their own children will miss out on.

This is, of course, an unacceptable message for pro-choice feminists. God forbid women make a thoughtful and well-informed decision about abortion. Better to scare the hell out of them and urge them ever forward toward the nearest Planned Parenthood clinic.

BizzyBlog notes that while the Associated Press described Focus on the Family as “conservative,” it made use of no such ideological descriptor for the so-called “women’s groups.” But — surprise! — they’re all part of the liberal/progressive/socialist machine. Take Jehmu Greene, for example, the president of the Women’s Media Center. She’s quoted by the AP: “An ad that uses sports to divide rather than to unite has no place in the biggest national sports event of the year — an event designed to bring Americans together.”

When I read the AP article, I thought to myself: Jehmu Greene? Jehmu Greene. Oh, Jehmu Greene? That Jehmu Greene? It was sort of like a mental Christmas in January, when my brain happily connected the dots that brings these women’s groups together with the Democrat establishment and supposedly non-partisan youth get out the vote organizations and reveals a giant left wing conspiracy. Turns out this particular left wing conspiracy has some rather radical views about our children and how they should view their sexuality. And the fact that these radicals are stupid enough to target one of the most popular college football quarterbacks in America and his mother? Well, that’s just a bonus!

Much more about Jehmu Greene, her radical ties, her connection to the Democrat establishment, and — another bonus — a reminder about the Connecticut Senate Republican primary all beneath the fold…

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Lyrics of the Year

Cult of Personality (1988)
Living Colour

And during the few moments that we have left
We want to talk right down to earth in a language that everybody here can easily understand
(Malcolm X)

Look in my eyes, what do you see?
The cult of personality
I know your anger, I know your dreams
I’ve been everything you want to be
I’m the cult of personality
Like Mussolini and Kennedy
I’m the cult of personality
The cult of personality
The cult of personality

Neon lights, Nobel Prize
When a mirror speaks, the reflection lies
You won’t have to follow me
Only you can set me free

I sell the things you need to be
I’m the smiling face on your TV
I’m the cult of personality
I exploit you; still you love me
I tell you one and one makes three
I’m the cult of personality
Like Joseph Stalin and Gandhi
I’m the cult of personality
The cult of personality
The cult of personality

Neon lights, Nobel Prize
When a leader speaks, that leader dies
You won’t have to follow me
Only you can set you free

You gave me fortune, you gave me fame
You gave me power in your God’s name
I’m every person you need to be
I’m – the – cult – of – per-son-al-ity

I am the cult of (8x)
personality

Ask not what your country can do for you… (John F. Kennedy)
The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself. (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

The Adam Lambert Effect

When I was in high school, I was confused about my sexuality — and that’s an understatement. I knew that I was attracted to girls, but I also knew that I was attracted to other guys. Since then I’ve reached the conclusion that I’m bisexual, which is to say that I’m attracted to people of both sexes and I’m open to eventually falling in love with someone of either sex. Because I was uncertain at the time, I chose to keep my confusion largely to myself. In the parlance of gay culture, I was in the closet.

That didn’t stop my peers at my Catholic high school from picking up on my sexual ambiguity. Maybe it was because I was quieter than most of the other guys. Maybe it was because I was as awkward around the quarterback of the football team as I was around the head cheerleader. Maybe it was because I didn’t play any sports and I was more likely to be a girl’s best friend than her boyfriend.

Whatever tipped them off, the kids I went to school with thought I was gay, and they — especially the other guys — let me know it. They bullied and humiliated me. They made fun of me behind my back and right in front of me, using the colorful pejoratives that most are familiar with. For most of my freshman year I hid in the second floor boys’ restroom instead of going to the cafeteria for lunch. When I thought about signing up for the wrestling team during my sophomore year, one of the wrestlers caught wind of it and advised one of my friends that I wasn’t cut out to wrestle and implied that I was only thinking about joining the team to check out the other guys in the locker room and maybe cop a feel on the mat. I never signed up for the wrestling team.

This isn’t meant to be some personal sob story. Things eventually improved for me in high school, as things in high school often do. By my junior year the upperclassmen who had bullied me had graduated and the neanderthals in my own class had moved on to bullying underclassmen. At the end of my junior year some strange reversal occurred and I was elected student council vice president for the following year. As a senior, in addition to serving on student council, I was the editor of the school newspaper.

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Levi, Track, and What Makes an Icon

B. Daniel Blatt (GayPatriot) ponders Joy Behar’s assertion that Levi Johnston has become a gay icon, writing:

If he were such an icon, it would provide additional evidence of the politicization of gay culture, where a man is celebrated merely because he has spoken out against an approved villain of the gay establishment. And the primary qualification for being such a villain is being a conservative politician with a popular following.

I’m sure that’s part of it, but I don’t think that’s the whole deal. I think there are at least two other reasons why Johnston has become a “gay icon” (if in fact he can be elevated to such a status, personally I think he’s a flash in the pan).

1) Johnston has become associated with a more celebrated gay icon, Kathy Griffin. Griffin has made Johnston sort of a pet project, no doubt because of her own hatred for Sarah Palin. Johnston is icon by association, celebrated by gay culture because another icon of gay culture has deemed it so.

2) Johnston is somewhat physically attractive and was willing to take his clothes off in Playgirl. This is probably the biggest reason he’s become a “gay icon” — he’s a piece of meat. He is popular with gay men for the same reason Pamela Anderson and Jenna Jameson are popular with straight men.

On this latter note, I’m just not sure I see it. Sure, I guess Johnston is physically attractive enough. But when you stop to realize that his claim to fame is abandoning his son and his son’s mother, while defaming his son’s grandmother (who, by the way, is taking care of his son) — well, that just doesn’t do it for me. I’ve always found Track Palin, the oldest of the Palin children, to be more attractive…

Track Palin, left

I mean, after all, he loves his family and thinks about somebody other than himself…

Palin family. Track (top left), Willow (bottom left), Sarah (top center), Piper (bottom center), Todd (top right), and Bristol (bottom right). Taken before the birth of Trig Palin and Tripp Johnston.

And unlike Levi, Track has proven to be a responsible young man rather than an irresponsible and petulant boy.

2008 Republican National Convention. From left to right: Track Palin, Bristol Palin (holding baby brother Trig), and Levi Johnston. Note Track's haircut as he prepared to deploy to Iraq.

Sure, if gay men want to turn Levi Johnston into a gay icon, I guess I can understand that. Johnston did take his clothes off for them. But they might want to consider icons who have something going on not only under their clothes but beneath the flesh that it covers. Levi Johnston might have the body of a man and he might even have shown it off in Playgirl. But he’s not a man, and he won’t be until he takes responsibility for his son and his son’s mother, and until he stops talking trash about his son’s grandmother and current caregiver.

Of the two young men in the Palin orbit, it is Track Palin who has proven his true manhood through his brave actions rather than taking off his clothes for the highest bidder. Maybe he, rather than Levi Johnston, should be the icon for gay men and men in general for that matter.