Monday, March 29, 2010

Another gays-at-a-prom controversy

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Derrick Martin, gay student who wants to bring his boyfriend to the prom, speaking with Amber Duskin, organizer of the anti-gay protest
He looks so gay. And the back of her head looks so bitchy </snark>

Although, this one comes with an amusing twist. Unlike the previous case, where a school board simply canceled their prom altogether when a lesbian student tried to attend with her girlfriend, the school administration in this story were perfectly fine with letting a gay boy bring his boyfriend to the event. It’s the other students and townsfolk who weren’t, and best of all, they made damn sure to let everyone know just what type of mindless bigots they are:

COCHRAN — A small group of Bleckley County High School students staged a rally at the courthouse Thursday evening to protest their high school allowing a gay student to take his boyfriend to the prom.

Bleckley school system officials last week granted senior Derrick Martin permission to take another boy to prom. The decision marked the first decision in the county’s history about a same-sex couple attending the prom there.

This is hilarious in both how stupid this is, and in how these little twerps are really just shooting themselves in the foot. They may be a bunch of intolerant twits, but the vast majority of the population who will be watching this most likely won’t be. What they’re doing, here, is simultaneously calling attention to the gay students who just want to have a fun evening at the prom, and sinking themselves by exposing their natures as petty anti-gay bigots. This can’t work in any way other than against them.

Funnier still, get a load of how they try and rationalize their little show if intolerance:

“We knew Derrick was gay,” said Keith Bowman Jr., a high school senior who showed up at the rally. “They don’t want (Cochran) to be known as a pro gay town.”

Most of the dozen attending the rally said they weren’t bothered by Martin being gay or being allowed to attend prom with his partner. But they said the school system’s decision has brought too much attention to their small town.

“People who don’t know the area will think it reflects on everybody,” said John Smith, a grandfather who owns an air-conditioning business in Cochran.

Right, what better way to fight against “unwanted attention” to your town than to launch a public protest against said unwanted attention?

Really, you just gotta love crank (il)logic.

(via Dispatches From the Culture Wars)