Not that there’s anything wrong with that!
The Divine Ms. Z continues to prove the old adage about well-behaved women seldom making history as she once again finds herself at the center of a frenzied little tempest of outrage, hurt feelings and political correctness run amok, this time because of a comment at her Canada Day post.
Zerb’s post mentioned the censorious tendencies of the zionist lobby. In the ensuing comment thread it came up that Bernie Farber of the Canadian Jewish Congress had marched in the Pride parade with a pro-zionist GLBT group. (Yay for diversity-embracing Bernie!) However, he only signed on for it after failed attempts to get the parade to give an anti-zionist (not anti-semitic) GLBT group the boot.
Commenting snarkily on the possibility that Farber might have had his own agenda, Antonia said: “I didn’t know he was gay. Not that there’s anything wrong with that”… and set off a shitstorm. Farber fired off an official complaint to the Star for having been “misrepresented” as gay (carefully adding words to the effect of “not that there’s anything wrong with that”)… even though at the parade he wore a T-shirt that said as much: “Nobody knows I’m Gay”. So come on — someone had to say it.
It all culminated Saturday as the once-proud Star caved and issued a pearl-clutching apology for Antonia’s “Gay Blog post”. Only an idiot (and in my opinion, a homophobe) would interpret her comment as an insult — either that or Farber didn’t like some of the other things Zerb had to say, and saw the comment as an opportunity to stop her from saying them. Pick one, there’s no “neither of the above” option.
That’s called “censorship”, so maybe Zerb should be thanking Farber for making her point.
You can advise the Star of how wrong they got this by emailing Kathy English at publiced @ thestar.ca.
UPDATE: What CC said.
UPDATE II: And what stageleft said.
UPDATE III: Alison’s Epic Fail Roundup. (Or, “What they said”.)
UPDATE IV: JAB’s take.