Published on May 16th, 2011 | by tomkolovos7
Is Everybody Gay?
At the very least not the lecherous, and now former, head of the IMF, Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
In case you hadn’t heard, Mr. Strauss-Khan was escorted off by police from his first class Air France seat just moments before the flight was to depart New York.
And just moments before, Mr. Strauss-Khan took flight from his $3,000 a night suite at the Sofitel Hotel in Manhattan, after he allegedly raped the maid who came in to clean the room.
Mr. Strauss-Khan was, up until yesterday, also flying high as the leading Socialist party candidate for the presidency of France.
It turns out, he has a long and quite sordid history as a lecherous and cheating husband and he has been accused before of similar behavior but his victims have either refused to ultimately press charges or settled out of court. His third wife, for the moment is standing by him, as it seems that they have been conducting an open relationship. You can just imagine how he’s going to explain this to her: he thought she was a French maid?
Even the French, who are normally quite non plussed about the sex lives of their politicians, are outraged, at the very least because this has caused an international incident at a very critical juncture for the IMF and its ability to stabilize and restructure the loans of the Greek government–a matter of international urgency.
Oh, and there is the small matter of completely altering the French political landscape for the next presidential election. It’s safe to say that chanteuse and First Lady of France, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, can go ahead and order some flat heeled Dior shoes for the night of her husband’s re election.
Gosh, golly, jeepers. Remember that simple bygone era when we all believed that the lecherous, promiscuous and moral deviants were all homosexuals?
Oh, the times they are achanging.
So much so that over the weekend the president of the Phoenix Suns, Rick Welts, became the first and only high ranking official in the NBA to publicly reveal that he is gay. Mr. Welts, a 40 year veteran of the basketball world, “explained that he wants to pierce the silence that envelops the subject of homosexuality in men’s team sports. He wants to be a mentor to gay people who harbor doubts about a sports career, whether on the court or in the front office. Most of all, he wants to feel whole, authentic,” according to The New York Times article which broke the story.
Also over the weekend, CNN anchor Don Lemon went public with the open secret of his sexuality. Though not the only anchor harboring an open secret about his sexuality, he was the only African American, which Mr. Lemon explains is fraught with certain subcultural dangers:
Even beyond whatever effect his revelation might have on his television career, Mr. Lemon said he recognized this step carried special risk for him as a black man.
“It’s quite different for an African-American male,” he said. “It’s about the worst thing you can be in black culture. You’re taught you have to be a man; you have to be masculine. In the black community they think you can pray the gay away.” He said he believed the negative reaction to male homosexuality had to do with the history of discrimination that still affects many black Americans, as well as the attitudes of some black women.
“You’re afraid that black women will say the same things they do about how black men should be dating black women.” He added, “I guess this makes me a double minority now.”
At the very least, the events of this weekend will make it possible to challenge some long held assumptions about quite a few facets of masculinity.
I even hear that no less of a man than Lynn Cheney is considering the possibility of admitting to Cokie Roberts that her daughter, whose lesbianism Mrs. Cheney vehemently denied even though she was having sex with women, might quite reasonably be…a…… lesbian.
So, no, not everybody is gay.
This week, it’s just the good guys.
Tom Kolovos is Editor in Chief of aControlledSubstance.com and a really good guy. This week.