Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Overreaction Of the Week: Bearded Drag Queen is "End of Europe"; Michael Sam in Interracial Relationship! Gasp!

The other day, while writing in this here blog thing the happiness I felt about Michael Sam being picked up by the St. Louis Rams, and Conchita Wurst, the bearded drag queen from Austria who won the Eurovision international singing contest, I knew there'd be a backlash.
Some Russians think Conchita Wurst is
"the end of Europe." Really?  

I also knew some of the backlash would be over the top. The winner of the Wayyyyyy Over The Top Award goes to Vladimir Zhirinovsky. 

Yeah, I hadn't heard of him until today, either, but he's one of those wackadoodle Russian politicians who spend their time being super homophobic.

What our Vladimir said was laugh out loud classic. Here's his reaction to Wurst and her singing victory:

"There's no limit to our outrage. It's the end of Europe. It has turned wild. They don't have men and women any more. They have 'it.' Fifty years ago the Soviet army occupied Austria. We made a mistake in freeing Austria. We should have stayed."

Well, then. Where do we begin.

Let's start with "It's the end of Europe." Really? No offense to Conchita Wurst, but I don't think she has much control over the fate of Europe. Don't get me wrong. I listened to her sing. She's good. Very talented. And winning Eurovision is a big deal. Especially for her.

But honestly, Eurovision is a singing contest, not a battle for Europe.

Vladimir: Here's a paper bag. Breathe into it. Stop hyperventilating.

I also honestly don't know if a 50 year Soviet occupation of Austria would have prevented the existence of Conchita Wurst.

However, I'd certainly would rather watch Conchita Wurst and her beard and listen to her sing day in and day out than hear about the zillions of fatal human rights abuses the Soviets would have continued to inflict on its occupied states to this day.
Is this football player flaunting his sexual
orientation in an interracial way?  

A lot of people are also quite upset with Michael Sam, the black, gay athlete who was seen worldwide on TV kissing his white boyfriend after learning he'd been selected to play for the St. Louis Rams 

Never mind that a kiss like that is something would expect out of a committed couple in a situation like that.

I get it that people are a little queasy with PDA, especially when they haven't seen a gay couple involved. Also, some people are totally upset because not only is this a gay couple, but, GASP! an interracial one as well.

Two strikes against them!

Get over it, people

I love the Tweet Joe Jervis of the JoeMyGod blog has been circulating. It shows a black NFL player kissing a white woman, presumably his girlfriend or wife.

Jervis, tongue firmly in cheek, notes how that black football player is flaunting his sexual orientation in an interracial kiss.

My favorite Tweets about the Michael Sam situation come from some guys who wondered how they are going to explain Michael Sam to their kids, because, weirdly, Michael Sam has two first names.

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