Is Willow Palin homophobic or just ‘an ignorant teenager’?
Several weeks back, CNN’s Mr. Anderson Cooper and GLAAD (the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) got together to condemn Vince Vaughn and Universal Pictures because there’s a line in Vince’s coming bomb, “The Dilemma,” about electric cars being “so gay.”
Mr. Wow was not offended, but Mr. Cooper was, and he put pressure on Universal Pictures to take the line out of the trailer (but not the movie itself.) Prior to this incident, and immediately after, Mr. Cooper did some excellent coverage on the bullying of gay children and teens – bullying that has sometimes led these kids to commit suicide. Good for him. He needs to say other things, but I assume he has his reasons for being so dainty.
Now, along comes 16 year-old Willow Palin, one of Sarah Palin’s children. Young Willow took to Facebook on the night her mother’s riveting reality show, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” debuted. When one young man – a teen – criticized the show, little Willow called him “jealous” of her family’s success and a “faggot.” She also determined that others who didn’t love her mom’s show were “low life losers.”
Now, I ask – where is CNN’s Silver Fox? Where is GLAAD? Is Willow really homophobic or just an ignorant teenager who has been raised on instant, thoughtless communication and has no skills to respond intelligently to an opposing viewpoint? I don’t care. But if a foolish line in a foolish comedy could get Anderson up off his ass and cause GLAAD to fuss, the hurtful words of the daughter of a potential candidate for the presidency of the United States need to be addressed.
Unless … CNN and GLAAD are simply afraid of Mrs. Palin? She does have a miraculous way of turning everything around – she is always the perennial victim. And her children – even the pregnant and unmarried ones, or the go-to-Iraq-or-jail ones, or the bitchy little Facebook ranters – are sacrosanct.
Tick-tock, Anderson and GLAAD.