Once upon a time there was this ubergay character on the most popular reality TV show of all time named Bill Hobertson. This guy was the quintessential gay man. Such a gay man he was almost a caricature of the Gay Man. On every single episode, Bill and his post-nuclear family were unapologetic about their worldview. Bill’s children had two fathers and they were devout atheists. In fact, at the end of each show Bill led his family in a chant to the Flying Spaghetti Monster that they believe that you are born gay and that there is no God except for the one made of pasta, just to drive home their disdain and disrespect for any god at all. When they were not filming their wildly popular show Bill spoke at GLAAD events around the country and made appearances on floats in Gay Pride parades nationwide.
Then one day, Bill agrees to an interview with Gentleman’s Quarterly. When asked, he reveals that he believes that Christians are moronic and further, that he thinks having sex with a woman is revolting, and from his perspective cannot understand why any guy would ever be into something other than gay sex. But Bill is a lover of freedom and qualifies his belief statement with the fact that he respects that everyone has the right to make their own decisions and it is not for him to judge them. None of these revelations would have surprised anyone. Unless you live under a rock in an Amish community, it is crystal clear from his show, and all of its licensed merchandise and marketing, that Bill walks his talk.
Too much honesty from Bill causes the network to immediately suspend him from the show (though his family is likely still under contract and the next season is already taped so they are sure to benefit from the publicity frenzy that their knee jerk response has created.) They say that Bill simply cannot hold those opinions and continue on their network. Apparently the network didn’t realize when Bill said he was G A Y he meant it.
OK America. For those of you who still have any intellectual honesty, answer me this. What would you call what is happening to Bill just now?
- None of the Above
If you are that American, the one willing to see the truth regardless of what sacred cow we are currently grilling up, you would call it what it is. Intolerance. You would say that Bill is entitled to his opinion, and as a matter of fact that Bill’s right to express that opinion is called Freedom of Speech. Darn it.
You would call all of the people hating on Bill… bigots.
What is happening to Bill is not the “live and let live” mentality that we Americans pride ourselves on. If that were the case when we heard Bill’s remarks we would have changed the channel, passed on adding the GQ to our vast library, or possibly said “Boy howdy, Bill is very wrong and I’m going to sit on down with some delicious ice cream treats and write a blog post about why I disagree with him.” But what Bill is experiencing, in the holy name of tolerance, is “think and speak the way we want you to think and speak otherwise we will seek to bring public and financial harm to you and if you don’t bow to us we will attempt to silence you.” The media would be outraged on Bill’s behalf. They would have called those who were calling for him to recant “bullies.”
Phil Robertson is not gay. He’s a Christian. Which apparently voids all the rules because it is clear that in this new era of “equal rights” some people are far more equal than others.