Thursday, December 09, 2004

Digging A Hole

Once again, the Guardian does the job US news sources should be, but aren't doing:

What should we do with US classics like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof or The Color Purple? "Dig a hole," Gerald Allen recommends, "and dump them in it." Don't laugh. Gerald Allen's book-burying opinions are not a joke.

Earlier this week, Allen got a call from Washington. He will be meeting with President Bush on Monday. I asked him if this was his first invitation to the White House. "Oh no," he laughs. "It's my fifth meeting with Mr Bush.

Bush is interested in Allen's opinions because Allen is an elected Republican representative in the Alabama state legislature. He is Bush's base. Last week, Bush's base introduced a bill that would ban the use of state funds to purchase any books or other materials that "promote homosexuality". Allen does not want taxpayers' money to support "positive depictions of homosexuality as an alternative lifestyle". That's why Tennessee Williams and Alice Walker have got to go.
It's well worth reading the Guardian article, just for the take down of this half wit's inane similes, tortured logic and complete lack of scruples or self awareness. He comes off as a political opportunist of the first order, the sort of knee jerk, goose stepping pig fucker who could blithely defend censorship, while claiming he's actually fighting it, and never ever see the irony, or the tragedy of his actions. Of course, that would require a sensitivity to literary themes and ideas that he and most Republicans never bothered to cultivate, because as we all know, irony and tragedy are totally for fags.

I wrote previously about Representative Gerald "I'm Not a Nazi, Really" Allen's adventures in bamboozelment here.

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