It's Still OK to Pick on GaysWith all of the conservative talk radio I listen to, I sometimes get a bit fed up by people that call in to say that the only type of people that it's still ok to make fun of, discriminate against, etc. are straight white men. Their claim is that everyone else is a protected minority, and they're left out in the cold to lose jobs and be the butt of jokes.
I personally think the idea is preposterous. I'm not going to claim that I've been discriminated against because of my sexuality, and I'll fully admit that when it's all said and done, my coming out process has been pretty easy, relatively speaking. At the same time, I can't keep from mentioning that I probably hear an anti-gay joke several times a week. You see, even in popular culture, it's still ok to pick on and make fun of gays. I'm honestly not going to lose any sleep over it, but the fact is that it still happens, whether the conservative callers over at talk radio admit it or not.
For just a little proof, check out this Brokeback Mountain parody put together by my local AM radio station, 740 KTRH. I heard it on Michael Berry's show (he used to be on the Houston City Council, but was not reelected recently). The parody uses Terrell Owens' crying after the Cowboys' playoff loss as the butt of the joke. Speaking to the media, Owens started crying when he asked the media not to blame Tony Romo, the teams quarterback.
I'll admit it was a pretty odd scene--apparently odd enough for the parody to call Owens gay.
Since Owens was crying, they decided to pick on him for being weak or unmanly. It's pretty rare to see a football player (the epitome of masculine) cry. But, they took the joke a step further and basically inferred that Owens was gay. Gays are unmanly and weak you see, and only gay guys cry because they're not real men.
It's not that big of a deal. I didn't even really get upset when I heard the clip, but in case anyone was wondering (or was looking for a laugh)--gay jokes are still fair game.