The Catholic League is distributing a number of “extremely graphic” images - such as the one above - that depict attendees at last month’s Folsom Street Fair.
Apparently, the League wants to shock Catholics into calling and complaining to Miller Brewing Company – one of the sponsors of the S&M fair, held annually in San Francisco.
I can’t help but think that someone at the Catholic League is seriously getting off on posting and sharing these images. As I’ve noted in a previous post, I’ve long concluded that among those who are most hostile and demeaning of gay people are folks who are gay themselves, yet who have chosen to deny and/or repress their homosexuality. But it always surfaces, of course, in one way or another. And I think it’s just surfaced big time over at the Catholic League.
But let’s allow the League itself to explain its actions:
Graphic photographs of nearly nude homosexuals strutting the streets of San Francisco under the sponsorship banner of Miller Brewing Co. are being made available to tens of thousands of Catholics in Milwaukee, the beer company’s hometown. The Catholic League said it is sending the photographs, many of them also posted online under a parental warning about graphic content, to apply pressure to the brewery to halt its sponsorship of such events. Catholic League President Bill Donohue has said he’d like Miller to rescind its sponsorship completely. But officials say the brewer has declined, and so this distribution of photographs will allow leaders, residents, and workers in the company’s hometown see the results of the company’s sponsorship.
All of which begs the question: How exactly is the Catholic League planning on distributing its “extremely graphic images” of the Folsom Street Fair? Is it planning on e-mailing these images to “leaders, residents, and workers” throughout Milwaukee? Will they be mailed to “tens of thousands” of homes and workplaces?
What a colossal waste of time and energy!
A diverse group of people - both straight and gay - participate in the Folsom Street Fair. What they share in common is a penchant for S&M. Regardless of what you may think of this type of sexual role play, the antics depicted by the Folsom Street Fair images are actually quite tame compared to what goes on at certain bars (gay and straight) every weekend around the country – not to mention other boozed-up and more public events like Spring Break on South Padre Island.
The bottom line is that gays don’t have a monopoly on certain types of behavior that objectify oneself and others. I mean, shows like Big Brother: After Dark and Girls Gone Wild aren’t populated by gays. Yet one of the things that these forms of straight “entertainment” do have in common with events that attract gays (such as the Folsom Street Fair), is that they are sponsored by corporations.
Yet does the Catholic League target all of these corporate sponsors? Hardly. No, once again, it’s those “homosexuals” and their corporate-sponsored events that, in the blinkered view of the Catholic League, are responsible for the decline of civilization as we know it.
Yeah, well, I don’t buy it.
If the Catholic League is really concerned about the moral decline of this country then it should speak out against the illegal and immoral U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq – a debacle that has caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, the majority of them innocent Iraqi women and children.
And if the Catholic League wants to be in the business of distributing “extremely graphic images” that highlight reprehensible behavior leading to the destruction of lives and the moral bankrupting of our society, then I suggest it start with these.
Similarly, if the Catholic League wants my support, then it should also start speaking out against the well-documented corruption of the Bush Administration – its trampling on human rights and the U.S. Constitution.
Yet instead, the Catholic League opts to endlessly whine about perceived and actual slights against the Church, and protest things like a once-a-year S&M street parade in San Francisco, and this children’s movie!
Is it any wonder that the vast majority of people view the Catholic League as both embarrassing and irrelevant?
Image 1: A participant in this year’s Folsom Street Fair. My biggest concern is that his jockstrap was probably sweatshop produced!
Image 2: Meanwhile in Iraq: A woman and a child inspect a car with blood splattered on the door after two Christian Iraqi women were shot to death in central Karradah, Baghdad, Iraq, on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007. Iraqi police, and witnesses said that the men who shot them were in a convoy of four SUVs commonly used by private security companies. While there was no indication Blackwater USA was involved, the attack threatened to increase calls for limits on the security firms that mounted after the Sept. 16 shooting deaths of as many as 17 Iraqi civilians allegedly that company’s guards. (AP Photo)
See also the related Wild Reed posts:
What Is It That Ails You?
What’s a Conscientious Faggot to Do?
“Gaydar,” “Gendermaps,” and the “Fundamentally Social Purpose” of Homosexuality