Right-Wing Parody of Coming Out Reveals True Parody
By Candace Chellew-Hodge
As states like Delaware, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Illinois, and even Nevada march toward marriage equality, and former “ex-gay” stars like John Paulk disavow the movement and apologize for their role in it (and endure the ire of former industry friends), the religious right is pulling out all the stops to stem the tide that will leave them, once again, on the wrong side of history.
With their defeat imminent, their latest attempt to beat back the gay advance is a ham-fisted and ridiculous video produced by anti-gay group Faith2Action that mocks the very coming out process that is such a point of anguish and pain for so many gay and lesbian people. Instead of recognizing the heart-wrenching act of revealing one’s true self to those we love—and facing their possible rejection—the video depicts a man coming out as an (gasp) adulterer. Not just that, of course, but the man wants full acceptance from his wife and family:
“I have these desires, these urges, and if I don’t act on them, I’m not being true to myself,” the man says, invoking phrases often used to describe what it feels like to embrace one’s sexuality.
“If you love me, you’ll support what I do, who I am,” man continues before saying he’s an adulterer.
The cherry on top of this crap sundae is, of course, anti-gay advocate Peter LaBarbera making an appearance at the end to further compare being gay to being an alcoholic.
This is so freaking lame in so many ways: