On Wednesday, I posted a response to an incredibly douchey post by Matt Walsh concerning Caitlyn Jenner. Unfortunately, Walsh isn’t the only person making shitty comments about Jenner and, by extension, trans people everywhere. Now, some folks might think I shouldn’t share the words of these assholes because it gives them the attention they so desperately crave. While I respect their point of view, I just can’t do that. As I said Wednesday, I firmly believe that hatred and bigotry need to be laid bare if we hope to do anything about it. And, nothing does that better than putting their bullshit on display. That said, here are a few of the worst offenders.
Let’s start with that paragon of grace and Christian love, Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association. On a radio broadcast earlier this week, Fischer said, “If you want one snapshot of just how corrupt, how morally corrupt, how morally bent, how morally twisted, how morally confused, how morally bankrupt we have become, all you’ve got to do is take a look at the cover of Vanity Fair magazine.” He also refused to call Jenner “Caitlyn”, saying “…he’s a male in every single cell of his body, so he’s always going to be a he in the terminology that I’m going to use. I’m never going to refer to him as a she because that would be a lie.” Of course, like Walsh, Fischer is only being an asshole out of love, praying that God would “clear up Bruce Jenner’s sexual confusion” and “expose the lies of Satan and break their power over his mind” before declaring that he is taking this stance because he doesn’t want Jenner to kill himself. Hmm, I would’ve thought the best way to ensure someone doesn’t kill themselves is to accept them and treat them like a human being. Guess I was wrong.
Next up comes icon of conservative values Rush Limbaugh, who said Tuesday, “We should not be celebrating this, we should not be lionizing this, we should not be encouraging this”. Oh Rush, if there’s anything we should not be celebrating, we should not be lionizing, we should not be encouraging, it’s most likely your spewing such hateful bullshit over the airwaves. But, there is a bright spot in this because he also said “These people (the transgender community) have a very serious problem, and they need treatment. They need help, not encouragement.” That’s fucking hilarious coming from a drug-addicted attention whore with a well-deserved reputation for playing fast and loose with the facts.
Finally, there’s conservative radio host and professional conspiracy theorist, Alex Jones. In case you didn’t already know, Jones is total fucking nut job. Of course, for those of you in the know, that’s not news. After all, we are talking about a guy who claims the Oklahoma City bombing and 9/11 were both inside jobs, that “Devil worshiping pedophiles” are working to establish the New World Order and screamed at Piers Morgan. Okay, so maybe that last one isn’t that crazy (because who hasn’t wanted to scream at Piers Morgan at least once?) so try this on for size: even Glenn Beck thinks Jones is batshit crazy. So, yeah, I’d say we’ve established Jones’ psychotic bona fides.
So, what did the nation’s #1 conspiracy theorist say that’s so out there? Jones started off by building on an earlier theory that the government is tainting kid’s juice boxes with “estrogen mimickers” to reduce the birth rate(?) saying “The agenda behind all of this is to confuse society and break everything down and make the natural systems — the set default systems basically anathema.” But, wait, there’s more: he also said trans people are mentally ill and compared them to what Salon called “the almost nonexistent subculture of a subculture of a subculture that engages in self-mutilation”, i.e. people who want to chop off limbs, pour molten lead down their backs (for scarification purposes) and even go so far as to get shot with a .357 Magnum pistol “up under the chest, but missing the heart to blow a huge shrapnel hole in the back” because, get this, “those are real sexy supposedly.” Okay, I know a few people who are trans and, to the best of my knowledge, none of them want me to stick a .357 up under their rib cage and blow out a chunk of their back. I’m not totally sure, but I think Jones might have made that last bit up.
What none of these assholes seem to understand is that it’s not just Jenner they’re assaulting with their disgusting drivel; there are a lot of people out there who are struggling with their gender/sexuality and shit like this isn’t helping. As a writer, I am a huge proponent of the free expression of ideas. But, I’m beginning to feel that, if this kind of crap is the best you can come up with, maybe you need a big, steaming cup of “Shut The Fuck Up”.