Tuesday, June 23, 2009

There won't be a gay Martin Luther King: If you want a movement you will have to own it

via The Bilerico Project, by Alex Blaze

Max Mutchnick, cocreator of Will & Grace, wrote in the Huffington Post a post entitled "Where Is My Martin Luther Queen?" He worries about media representation during Pride:

Dykes on bikes, Tarzana Trannies, Jewish Leather Daddies and Kathy Griffin's mom. Don't get me wrong. I love these people. Let's call them the 'Usual Suspects.' They fought for my rights and taught me how to dance. But they should no longer be representing "the pride." It's a different time. For god's sake, Larry Craig is a life-long homosexual. What I'm trying to say is that "unremarkable" mainstream people are gay, too. So I cringe when a local newsperson shoves a microphone in the face of some young 95-pound twink (Straight Translation: a twink is a skinny homosexual with a lot of moxie). The twink looks into the camera and screams into the reporter's microphone: "Get down here now. The drinks are big. But you know what's bigger..." He laughs in a high-pitched cackle and his "girlfriends" join in. I wish they'd read more and drink less.

I'm depressed. Why is this the voice speaking for me?

I checked to make sure it wasn't April 1st, since this is the co-creator of Will & Grace who's criticizing Pride. For half a decade that was the gay TV show, as in the only gay network TV show, and it portrayed us as frivolous, racist, classist, consumerist, boring, and annoying. Why is he getting his panties in a bunch when it's time for Pride to represent the community when he had his chance and used it poorly?

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