So should we declare a "Disown Ann Coulter Day"?
The Coultergeist has struck again with a tweet most people are dismissing as a joke in poor taste. The directive by Coulter, however, may be taken seriously by some of her addle-brained but adoring fans.
The ego-laden Coulter has, in the past, shown contempt for liberals by stating how "stupid" they are. If, however, we were to look at the origins of her close-minded culture, there would be nary a brain cell to be had.* And some of Coulter's readers take whatever she says as "gospel." Recognizing any use of metaphor, sarcasm or nuance is not their strong point. In other words, some of them are as dumb as the bricks Ann Coulter lays in creating a wall between them and reality.
From The New Civil Rights Movement:
"There are 2.9 million children in America living with no parents -- and 1.6 million American children are homeless. 2.9 million is almost 1 percent of the entire U.S. population -- and that figure is eight years old. Half a million U.S. children live with foster parents.
Those half a million foster kids? Only half will graduate high school, only 2% will earn a Bachelor's degree. The day they turn 18, 30% will have no health insurance and will be on public assistance.
LGBTQ kids and teens are four times as likely to be homeless and up to eight times more likely to attempt suicide as their heterosexual peers."
The use of humor as a weapon is one which is both constructive and deadly: "Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand," said Mark Twain, and the laugh-laden skits of Saturday Night Live have proven that parody puts people into perspective ("I can see Russia from my house!"). The proper use of humor, however, is always proffered to the reasonably intelligent. Put to the unreasonable, it can be taken as "truth" and acted upon with knee-jerk precision.
During our country's "Age of AIDS" people were kicked out of their homes while they were sick and dying because of ignorance: uncommonly ignorant people acted on the word of their pastors and politicians as "gospel" instead of seeing them for the righteously arrogant proselytizers they really were. The likes of Jerry Falwell and Jesse Helms saw to it that PWAs were presumed to have a "gay plague" and thus should be cast out. The practice of disowning still exists because of the ease of hatred, the difficulty of love and acceptance. The practice of proselytizing harm to LGBT youth is still with those pastors who tell their congregations to "crack those wrists" of children perceived to be gay.
Forgive The Rant
This rant on Coulter's "joke" may be just a rant, but it's one which has a lot of company: the blogosphere is reacting with unabashed candor:
- Why doesn't Ann Coulter come out ? I'm pretty sure she used to be a guy.....
- Just remember folks, life could be worse. You could be Ann Coulter. Or one of her parents.
- If I were her son, that would be the best gift she could give me.
- Its parents must be so proud. Does it even have parents?
Of course, Coultergiest will make light of it all by citing her affiliation with a gay Republican group. And after all, being a mascot of GOProud has its privileges. But she may have to defend her joke if any youth are ejected from their homes on Tuesday.
* Yahoo News: There's no gentle way to put it: People who give in to racism and prejudice may simply be dumb, according to a new study that is bound to stir public controversy.
The research finds that children with low intelligence are more likely to hold prejudiced attitudes as adults. These findings point to a vicious cycle, according to lead researcher Gordon Hodson, a psychologist at Brock University in Ontario. Low-intelligence adults tend to gravitate toward socially conservative ideologies, the study found. Those ideologies, in turn, stress hierarchy and resistance to change, attitudes that can contribute to prejudice.