Charles Knipp on his Character Shirley Q. Liquor:
"I don’t think that black people should be exempt from parody. We should act like nothing is funny about any of them? That’s a form of racism in itself."
Over the weekend, the Lexington Herald-Leader, Charles Knipp a.k.a. Shirley Q. Liquor, the white gay man who performs in blackface and mimics stereotypes of Blacks, published a lengthy story on Knipp, his act, and the controversy.
Click here to read the story.
Tony Dungy Stands His Ground
Tony Dungy made his stance on same sex marriage clear at an award banquet given by the Indiana Family Institute (IFI) where he was saluted. Prior to the event Gay rights groups attempted to pressure Dungy.
Dungy received the "Friend of the Family award from ISI, and organization that is associated with Focus on the Family.
The IFI has been prominent in supporting a marriage amendment in their state that legally defines marriage as being a union between a man and a woman. Dungy voiced his agreement with the organizations position a group of about 700 on March 20.
"We’re not anti-anything else," explained Dungy, according to USA Today. "We’re not trying to downgrade anyone else. But we’re trying to promote the family – family values the Lord’s way."
The Super Bowl winning coach made clear that his opinion should not be though of as gay bashing, but he said should be looked at from his foundation on faith.
If you didn’t have a reason to pick up the latest edition of the Advocate, you do now.
Fellow blogger Rod 2.0 is a featured writer in the April 10th edition of the nation’s gay newsmagazine with an article entitled, “Behind the gay-friendly faces —No, they’re not for same-sex marriage, but Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama—the 2008 Democratic presidential front-runners—are good for gays in general, right? Or are they? An insider’s view. “
Here’s an excerpt…
The opening battle in the war between 2008 Democratic presidential front-runners Hillary Rodham Clinton, the junior senator from New York, and Barack Obama, the junior senator from Illinois, was surely fought the last week in February, after David Geffen—the out billionaire, entertainment mogul, and onetime friend of Bill—told New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd that Republicans thought Clinton was the “easiest to beat” and that she and her husband “lie with such ease it’s troubling.” The scorching interview was published February 21, the day after Geffen hosted a star-filled fund-raiser for Obama in Los Angeles, as he had in years past for Bill Clinton.
But now the tables had turned, and Geffen’s statements triggered a rapid response from Team Hillary, which decried the “politics of personal destruction” (remember that old chestnut?) and demanded that Obama distance himself from the comments and return the $1.3 million he had raised the night before. The Illinois senator fired back that he was not involved and played up the Clintons’ past relationship with Geffen (whom, it was speculated in press reports, had soured on the former first couple because Bill refused his request to pardon imprisoned activist Leonard Peltier). The dispute was the talk of Washington, Hollywood, and New York for days, and although both candidates quickly returned to playing nice, the episode was a perfect example of how heated the 2008 presidential campaign—expected to be the costliest in history and possibly the most contentious—had become.
That Clinton and Obama, both surging dramatically ahead of the six other declared Democratic candidates, were essentially fighting over a gay man uncannily foreshadowed the role that LGBT people will play in their candidacies—and the general election two Novembers from now. Although the two senators, not to mention the Republican slate of contenders, will be squaring off on many issues, foremost among them Iraq, gay people and their issues could be as meaningful as any other factor when electoral margins of victory are sometimes measured in the thousands of votes or less. After all, who could forget how expertly the Republicans exploited homophobia in 2004 to narrowly defeat John Kerry?
“The Democrats have seen the importance of LGBT issues,” says Ramon Gardenhire, a political consultant and the former deputy director for LGBT outreach at the Democratic National Committee. “There are too many important issues on the table to take anything for granted.”
Make sure to check it out!