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Friday, June 3, 2011

S.F. Giants It Gets Better Video, Well, Could Be Better

Posted By on Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 5:00 PM


Each week, Easy Target alerts you of potential advances or threats to gaykind from the forces of the news media, politics, and popular culture -- the front lines of the culture wars -- in San Francisco and beyond. This week, the San Francisco Giants are forced to tell you It Gets Better. Straight athletes don't have the right to beat you in softball. Ex-gay therapist is now an ex-therapist. It's cheap to tag antigay stickers. Men's magazine freeballs with objectification. AT&T and Time Warner have more conscience than Orbitz. Miley Cyrus stands up against Rick Santorum. And God won't rain on your pride parade in Harlem.

When I got word that the S.F. Giants were going to be the first professional sports team to make an It Gets Better video, I marveled at the possibilities: Brian Wilson skipping across AT&T park tossing flower petals, slo-mo footage of Tim Lincecum whacking a bully with a baseball. But all we got was Barry Zito reading from a teleprompter. Risky.

And the Giants aren't the only local athletes urging for acceptance. When straight softball players from San Francisco were barred from participating in the Gay Softball World Series, they complained to the Supreme Court. Fortunately, the federal court slapped the ACLU out of them when they failed to bring up a "compelling state interest in allowing heterosexuals to play gay softball." Safe.

Affirming that journalism can still have an influence over more than Google hits, a reporter for The Guardian (no, not that Guardian) went undercover as a man seeking ex-gay therapy. As a result of the investigation, the British Association for Counseling and Psychotherapy found the therapist guilty of "professional malpractice" and suspended her accreditation. Safe.

But Britain is not all gaga for gays. The man responsible for littering East London with "Gay Free Zone" stickers has been fined for causing harassment, alarm, and distress. The stickers actually led to hate speech, death threats, and the cancellation of the East London Pride parade. The punishment? A £100 fine. By comparison, in the U.K. you can get fined £50 for not picking up your dog shit. Risky.

After manhandling every notable female in the world, men's magazine FHM had to expand its objectification criteria to include androgynous male models. The monthly featured Andrej Pejic in its annual list of Hottest SlutWhoreBitches (um, we mean, 100 Sexiest Women in the World) with a writeup that was more demeaning than usual. "Designers are hailing him the next big thing. We think 'thing' is quite accurate." Editors have apologized and removed the text (who's missing some balls now?), but you can still read it here. Risky.

For once, I'm glad for GLAAD. Under president Jarret Barrios, the organization has begun calling out Spanish-speaking media for their bigoted representation of the LGBT community. Now AT&T and Time Warner have pulled advertising from some trashy Spanish talk show for using antigay slurs that would be unacceptable in English-language programming. See, Orbitz, you can choose to have a conscience. Safe.

Thank Allah for Miley Cyrus being all up on Twitter again. Our harbinger of hope and equality in the eyes of the tech-savvy tween demographic called out Urban Outfitters for giving money to Rick Santorum, the senator who equated acceptance of gay relationships as a slippery slope toward accepting bestiality. Miley Cyrus, lead us to the Promised Land! Risky.

And speaking of slippery slopes, a senior pastor at Antioch Church of God in Harlem has opposed a gay pride picnic at a local park. "If children start to believe it is okay to be gay, they will think it's okay to be a pedophile or have sex with animals," he told the New York Daily News. "It's a slippery slope. God does not want to see homosexuals in our parks." To which God responded, "When was the last time it rained on a Pride parade?" Safe.

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