aTypical Joe: a gay New Yorker living in the rural South
Monday, August 27, 2007
IDAHomophobia rerun: homo homphobes
The quote I like: “In tests conducted by Prof. Henry E Adams of the University of Georgia, homophobic men who said they were exclusively heterosexual were shown gay sex videos. Four out of five became sexually aroused by the homoerotic imagery, as recorded by a penile circumference measuring device - a plethysmograph. Prof. Adams says his research shows that most homophobes “demonstrate significant sexual arousal to homosexual erotic stimuli”, suggesting that homophobia is a form of “latent homosexuality where persons are either unaware of or deny their homosexual urges.”
There’s more here. We were both sorry to learn that Professor Adams passed away in 2000. Too bad too. I’m not finding any more recent research, though there’s no reason to believe things have gotten anything but worse.
Larry Craig: sad, but true
Idaho’s Larry Craig on the issues:
* Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
* Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
* Voted NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
* Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
* Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
Craig has a 0% rating in HRC’s 2006 Congressional Scorecard
Favorite Quotes. Roll Call:
A spokesman for Craig described the incident as a ”he said/he said misunderstanding,” and said the office would release a fuller statement later Monday afternoon.
After he was arrested, Craig, who is married, was taken to the Airport Police Operations Center to be interviewed about the lewd conduct incident, according to the police report. At one point during the interview, Craig handed the plainclothes sergeant who arrested him a business card that identified him as a U.S. Senator and said, “What do you think about that?” the report states.
Romney scrubbed YouTube of Larry Craig video. Craig served as a co-senate liaison for the Romney campaign. A 1982 preemptive denial:
The Idaho Values Alliance--"Making Idaho the Friendliest Place in the World to Raise a Family"--is going to have a hard time swallowing the latest news about its beloved Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID), who pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct for lewd conduct in an airport restroom.
Here’s one page of the group’s site, a news update where it praises Craig for his “pro-life” vote on stem cell research, followed by a “Bonus Byte” on the perils of homosexuality and airport restrooms
I wonder if the GOP’s burgeoning “bathroom problem” isn’t reflective of something larger than just a bunch of conservative dudes who couldn’t come out of the closet. There’s something palpably sad to me about what happened to Allen and Craig too, something oddly touching about their misplaced faith in the fading world of secret, anonymous gay sex. That world--once found in bathrooms, parks, piers and adult bookstores; the furtive refuges of adventuresome queers, married men, the curious--has been swept away by so many police raids, privatization schemes, quality of life campaigns and internet dating services. But mostly, it’s fallen away as gays have become increasingly integrated into the mainstream, and also, paradoxically, more marked than ever. “You’re either gay or you’re not” seems to be the equation.
Until someone like Craig, Allen, Mark Foley, Ted Haggard or Jim McGreevey shows up to ripple momentarily the waters of public discourse on sex. These guys have problems, no doubt. But we might also pause to wonder if there’s some cultural knot that gay liberation--despite its original and best intentions--has left in place. At the very least the link between public power and domestic heterosexuality--with all the fetishistic displays of family life that entails--has yet to be completely severed. Just ask Rudy Guiliani, or Hillary Clinton! Moreover, that knot, perhaps best described as sexual propriety, is what fuels the moral campaigns against homosexuality that have become one of the Republican Party’s identifying causes--loyally supported by the likes of Craig, Haggard, Foley, et. al. It’s also what leads Bob Allen to the stunning and revealing calculation that it would be better to be seen in the public eye as an avowed racist than as someone who likes to have sex with men sometimes.
Bye Bye Al-BERT-ie
My headline is an Atrios homage. Couldn’t resist.
I’ll be sure to keep me day job.
Honorable mention, Wedding Gift.
Google’s Vint Cerf: let viewers decide what ads to look at
Vint Cerf, Internet legend and Vice President & Chief Internet Evangelist at Google, is warning about security vulnerabilities and the loss of information that is only written in bits.
Within that worry is this optimistic advertising vision:
The internet allows all sorts of ancillary information to be downloaded with video - from subtitles to adverts - meaning that in the future, users could click on a bottle of wine they like the look of and find out where to buy it nearby.
“Google has discovered letting consumers decide what advertising to look at has been a very important part of our business model,” Mr Cerf said.
South Park: Matt & Trey get sweet new ad deal
I hope they come up with something good:
Because of the slow entry into the digital realm of Viacom, Comedy Central’s parent, and an almost crippling deal point in Mr. Stone’s and Mr. Parker’s contract, the lewd, rude, crudely animated and mordantly funny series - one that began with a viral video before the term even existed - has barely had a presence as an avalanche of user-generated entertainment hit the Web. Meanwhile, sites like YouTube met the demand for free “South Park” clips without paying for the privilege.
Now, however, Mr. Stone and Mr. Parker and their bosses at Comedy Central, a unit of Viacom’s MTV Networks, are attempting to leapfrog to the vanguard of Hollywood’s transition into Web. In a joint venture that involves millions in up-front cash and a 50-50 split of ad revenues, the network and the two creative partners have agreed to create a hub to spread “South Park"-related material across the Net, mobile platforms, and video games.
The deal, signed Friday, begins with a three-year extension of the show and its creators’ contracts through a 15th season, in the year 2011, and gives Mr. Stone and Mr. Parker sizable raises, both in their salaries and in their guaranteed advances against back-end profits from DVDs, merchandising, syndication and international sales.
It also creates an entity called SouthParkStudios.com, to be housed in the show’s animation studio in Culver City, Calif., that is intended to be an incubator not only for new applications for characters the likes of Cartman, Kyle, Stan and Kenny, but for new comedy concepts that could one day mature into TV series of their own.
But the real headline is that they get a 50-50 share of the digital ad revenue:
[E]ven Mr. Parker and Mr. Stone would most likely not have been able to negotiate their new joint venture had they not years ago inserted into their contract what has proved to be a killer deal point. Comedy Central’s boilerplate reserved to the network any income generated by the show through other network divisions. But the pair’s lawyer, Kevin Morris, insisted that any “South Park” revenue not derived specifically from broadcast on the cable channel would go into the pot for calculating the men’s share of back-end profits.
This was meaningless at first, but it has taken on huge significance of late, Mr. Morris said. As Viacom struggled to change into a digitally nimble media company - making a failed bid for MySpace in 2005, suing Google and YouTube this year, and striking a retaliatory deal with Joost - the exploitation of “South Park” was subject to this nettlesome requirement. It was thus no coincidence that “South Park” was not part of the Joost deal.
Both the show’s creators and the network, therefore, stood to gain if it became easier to sell the show digitally. The brainstorming that led to Friday’s deal began a year ago in Mr. Morris’s office when Mr. Herzog proposed creating a digital animation studio led by Mr. Stone and Mr. Parker along the lines of a similar one at Nickelodeon.
Last year when it was reported that Tom Cruise got Comedy Central to cancel the Scientology episode by saying that he’d refuse to promote Mission Impossible 3, I wanted South Park to kiss-off Viacom:
My advice to Matt and Trey? Announce they’re leaving Comedy Central unless they get, say, the same kind of total control that huge Hollywood directors and stars like Cruise get over the content and distribution of their movies.
Good for them!
AT&T censors Pearl Jam Bush lyrics
AT&T Plays Gatekeeper. Censors Pearl Jam. SavetheInternet.com:
Over the [August 5] weekend AT&T gave us a glimpse of their plans for the Web when they censored a Pearl Jam performance that didn’t meet their standard of ‘Internet freedom.’
During the live Lollapalooza Webcast of a concert by the Seattle-based super-group, the telco giant muted lead singer Eddie Vedder just as he launched into a lyric against President George Bush. The lines - ‘George Bush, leave this world alone’ and ‘George Bush find yourself another home’ were somehow lost in the mix.
‘What happened to us this weekend was a wake up call, and it’s about something much bigger than the censorship of a rock band,’ Pearl Jam stated in a release following the incident.
Indeed. AT&T routinely rails against Net Neutrality as a “solution without a problem.” They say Net Neutrality regulations aren’t necessary because they wouldn’t dare interfere with online content. At the same time they tout plans to become gatekeepers to the Web with public relations bromides about ”shaping” Web traffic to better serve the needs of an evolving Internet.
Such spin needs to be held up to the light of experience. AT&T’s history of breaking trust with their customers includes handing over private phone records to the government, promising to deliver services to underserved communities and then skipping town, pledging never to interfere with the free flow of information online while hatching plans with the likes of Cisco, Viacom, RIAA and MPA to build and deploy technology that will spy on user traffic.
AT&T says the missing lyrics audio was a mistake.
SEE ALSO: I’m wondering, would they have censored Nugent?
Georgia Beats Japan to take little league title
Middle Georgia’s in the news today because the Warner Robins team beat Japan to become the Little League World Series champions over the weekend. This is the second year in a row the champs are from Georgia (Columbus won last year) and the third year from the U.S. (Hawaii won two years ago).
King Kaufman didn’t watch. He says it’s just no fun anymore:
This is the first time I can remember not watching a single pitch of the annual tournament… [A]fter growing increasingly uncomfortable with the LLWS over the years, at long last I can’t stand it. There’s such a lack of fun emanating from these little mini-professional ballplayers, the whole thing’s just depressing. I’m with Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel: They should pay those kids. They’re seriously, stoically, providing a service.
The LLWS has become massively commercialized, with everybody raking in dough except the kids. It’s like a miniature version of college sports, without the quality of play or the lip service to education.
Of course, paying the kids, even through some kind of trust-fund arrangement, is never going to happen, not least because the NCAA would fight it with every cannon in the arsenal. Giving a stipend to kids on account of how much revenue they bring in? Way too slippery a slope for the barons of college sport.
Cal Ripken Jr. runs a competing youth baseball organization. In an Ask Cal column in Sunday’s Baltimore Sun, a reader asked Ripken about ties in tournament games, which have to happen sometimes to keep to the schedule.
“Participation in tournaments should be as much about the baseball experience as winning and losing,” Ripken wrote. “Sometimes in life there are no winners or losers in a situation despite the hard work that goes into a project. It is the responsibility of coaches to emphasize this and make sure that lessons are learned—even in the event of a tie.
“Instead of focusing on the scoreboard, let’s concentrate on stepping up to a new level of competition, competing against new teams that aren’t in our league, playing on new fields and seeing where we stand among other teams in our age group.”
Right, Cal. Lessons. Focusing on the positives. Next you’ll be talking about kids having fun. The sponsors and TV networks will go for that, sure.
As long as they get a winner.