Gay panic is sweeping the land! This might be news, except that it’s the usual cast of hillbillies, teabaggers, right-wing Christians, and right-wing Christian hillbilly teabaggers (look for the latter category on the 2020 U.S. Census form) who’re getting their panties in a wad. Again.
It’s not insulting enough to the Teabagger Party that so-called “Obamacare” became the law of the land. They also had to watch as gay, Jewish, left-handed Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank helped shepherd that bill through the House, hence their desperate shouts of “Faggot!” at him last weekend. The fearless Frank needs no one to speak for him, but I’ll do it anyway: “Dear Palin Drones — The feds are going to force you to buy health insurance and you can’t do a damn thing about it. Sincerely, The Loudmouth Faggot Congressman Who Helped Make It Happen.”
Also, small-town throngs are storming the gates because a cute lesbian couple and a cute gay couple want to attend their high school proms in, respectively, Mississippi and Georgia. Vengeful Mississippi officials cancelled the whole event and a federal judge is deciding an ACLU challenge. Brave Georgia officials decided to let the gay couple attend. My prediction? Corrupted teens will use the Georgia prom as an excuse to get drunk, high, and even have sex. Then the sun will rise again over Macon County.
Closer to home, Tarleton State University in Stephenville is booking security for this Saturday’s student theater performance of Terrence McNally’s “Corpus Christi,” a sweet-natured 1998 satire that’s provoking fierce protest from locals who consider Branson, MO the theater capital of the world. Kudos to student director John Jordan Otte and the Tarleton brass for proceeding with McNally’s play about a gay Jesus-like character and his followers. Otte is a gay Christian moved to select the script because, in part, it posits the revolutionary concept that Jesus loved gay people, too. (On the whole, “Corpus Christi” is a pretty lame play, but it gains relevance every few years when a new group of “community standards” malcontents who’ve never read it decides to protest. Thanks for the free advertising, Stephenville Morals Brigade!).