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Sunday, 25 September 2011

On the gay porn "revelations" of dictators and terrorists

I've been thinking, and particular tweets and posts I've seen have prompted me further, about the “gay porn” revelations we've had both when Osama was shot and now when Gaddafi has been sent running into the wilderness.

In both cases, some reports said that they found vast porn collections including (DUM DUM DUM GAY PORN!). And among certain circles there is a chortling and a laughing and lots of “I knew it” and “it wouldn't surprise me” and similar sentiments that give me grey hairs

And I side-eye the whole thing and wonder in some cases whether or not it's a plant (Actually, in the case of Gaddafi I find myself in agreement with Queerty on it being a plant - not because they did an exhaustive search of porn to try and find the title that didn't seem to exist - but because I boggle at the idea of someone with just ONE porn DVD :P). But plant I side, I ask what the point is? Of all the things you could say about Osama Bin Laden and Gaddafi's regime exactly how is this porn even slightly worthy of mention?

Well, I can think of three reasons:

1)You want to show what a hypocrite they are, perhaps to prevent martyrdom? Well, here's the thing I don't think anyone who thinks either of them are great wonderful people is actually going to believe you (I think they were both polluters of the air they breathed, and I don't believe you). The circumstances don't lead to belief (and are easy to fake), the followers aren't inclined to believe you anyway. Besides which, none of this reporting has been linked to the homophobic beliefs of either – nor have those opinions been referenced when breaking this oh-so-shocking news

2)Similar to 1 – but rather than proving hypocrisy you just want to tell their followers that they're bad men because you know/believe their followers are raging homophobes. This not only has the problem of not being believable but has the added bonus of furthering, encouraging and using homophobia. Rather than combating opinions that being gay is wrong, you're using them instead, encouraging them and trying to tap homophobia to attack people you don't like

3)The people “revealing” this and dancing with glee are rabid homophobes and are resorting to the age old, childish and common tactic of calling their enemies “gay” at the first opportunity/manufactured opportunity. Much like how being called “gay” is considered an extreme insult and one of the worst things you can call a straight person, you're using this insult to express your contempt for the enemy.

Yeah, I'm not happy with any of these reasons. I don't see any as effective, but I do see them as extremely damaging to us.

Let us not forget that we have been dehumanised and attacked repeatedly by homophobes seeking to blame us for various evils in the world – everything from Sodom and Gamorrah to Scott Lively's (though I give him too much credit to limit the claim to just him) repellently offensive claim that the Nazis were gay and homosexuality caused the holocaust through to the Catholic church blaming us for the child abuse scandal – and the general blame we always get as sex predators and paedophiles that is repeated and depicted over and over again. The pope has said that we're a threat on par with global warming and habitat destruction, most governments around the world still blame us for AIDS to such a degree that our blood is treated as poisonous – a level of blame that has reached such ridiculous proportions that rising HIV rates among straight women are STILL being blamed on gay men.

And while we all laugh at the ridiculous claims for the various haters that we're responsible for earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, tsunamis, random bird deaths and the declining honey bee population – it's yet more lines to the pattern of continually blaming us. Let any bad thing in the world happen, anything at all, and there's a good chance that GBLT people will be blamed for it. And no matter how comic that is sometimes, it's still dangerous and its still worrying and it's still dehumanising.

And I have great difficulty in divorcing the sudden and convenient gleeful attempts to label some of the most hated and reviled dictators and terrorists as GBLT from this culture of blame.