Carol Platt Liebau: Ugly, Inexcusable and Wrong

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Ugly, Inexcusable and Wrong

Ann Coulter is a smart and attractive woman, so it's inexplicable to me why she would need to stoop to mindless anti-gay bigotry. It was ugly, it was wrong, and it was inexcusable. Surely we can disagree with lefties without resorting to the kind of abuse and vituperation that too often marks their critiques of conservatives.

It should go without saying that Coulter's attitudes are not representative of conservative (or conservative Christian) thought or behavior. Ann Coulter's thoughtless and cruel remark was wrong -- mostly because it stooped to the language of hate to make a political point, but also because it has served to perpetuate an unfair and inaccurate stereotype of conservatives.


Blogger JohnnyT. said...

I think, maybe, Could Ann Coulter possibly be "misunderstood"? To use a little Liberal Lingo. She says what's on her mind and can usually back it up with factual and/or anecdotal examples. I know she is a sensationalist, but she is what she appears to be, unafraid to express herself in all its partisynic brou ha-ha. There are different meanings for different words, even in slang, and faggot does mean a bundle of sticks, does it not? Maybe she was just trying to illustrate Edwards' pacificity (With a little 70's Lingo).
I appreciate an idealogue that comes out and let's you know emphatically which side they are on. If you can judge words with a grain of salt the humor is juxtaposed even more grandly. You see, that is where most liberal comedians fall short. There are some great ones on the Left like Stewart and Colbert. They still have a patriotic leaning others on the Left cannot express. But their humor cuts both ways. We must be able to laugh at ourselves. You said so yourself.

2:39 PM  
Blogger One Salient Oversight said...

Thank you for that Carol.

2:41 PM  
Blogger stackja1945 said...

Ann Coulter may believe any publicity is good.

5:04 PM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

I believe her point was more about the trend of being forced, like peer pressure, into rehab for using words that "expose one's inner hatred" and nonsense like that. I don't see her as one that would use such a term publicly to belittle a homosexual. I doubt she believes Edwards is a homosexual. So her point was to make a statement about the aforementioned trend as well as to possibly bait the lefties. She seems to have snagged some from the right as well. Or perhaps it's true that the gay community is deserving of special protections? I don't expect anyone needs to "distance themselves" or renounce Coulter in any way. If one believes I think Edwards is a faggot, or that I believe anyone should be called a faggot in public, or anything else that might align with the statement of another, just ask. BTW, she never actually called him a faggot, did she?

10:38 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

That little quip from Ann Coulter is nothing compared to Bill Maher openly pining for the assassination of the Vice President of the United States.

There are differences between Ann Coulter and Bill Maher, though. Bill Maher is an idiot and Ann Coulter is actually funny.

I feel no more need to apologize for the remarks of a known political "sensationalist" than I do for anything said by any foul-mouthed comedian on Cable TV on any given night. And I feel no need for anyone on the left to apologize for Bill Maher - unless it would be Maher's agent apologizing to a network executive for ever convincing said executive to put Maher in front of a camera.

Ann's remarks were actually funny, in my opinion. Would it have been more palatable if she would have said "gay" instead of "faggot"? But then, nobody gets in an uproar over "gay", so the whole "rehab" line wouldn't have worked, would it.

6:34 AM  
Blogger Larry Who said...

I like Ann Coulter; I think she's great. But at the same time, she's an on-the-edge speaker, always stirring up the pot.

I believe what happened can be explained with Proverbs 10:19 "When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable..."

People who talk a lot will make mistakes. She made a mistake. Big deal!

8:22 AM  
Blogger Not Foolya said...

Ann was not insulting gays, she was insulting John Edwards.

11:34 AM  
Blogger One Salient Oversight said...

Here is a litany of Coulter Quotes:

Regarding 9/11 widows:

"These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by grief-arazzis... These self-obsessed women seemed genuinely unaware that 9/11 was an attack on our nation and acted as if the terrorist attacks happened only to them... I’ve never seen people enjoying their husbands’ deaths so much."

Regarding Al Gore:

"...don't know if [Clinton is] gay. But Al Gore - total fag."

Regarding Canada:

"[Canadians] better hope the United States does not roll over one night and crush them. They are lucky we allow them to exist on the same continent."

Regarding the First Amendment:

"They're [Democrats] always accusing us of repressing their speech. I say let's do it. Let's repress them. Frankly, I'm not a big fan of the First Amendment."

Regarding The New York Times:

"My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times building."

Regarding controversy over the previous quote:

"Of course I regret it. I should have added 'after everyone had left the building except the editors and the reporters.'"

Regarding a question by a College student:

"You don't want the Republicans in power, does that mean you want a dictatorship, gay boy?"

Regarding New York and Terrorism:

"If Chicago had been hit, I assure you New Yorkers would not have cared. What was stunning when New York was hit was how the rest of America rushed to New York's defense. New Yorkers would have been like, 'It's tough for them; now let's go back to our Calvin Klein fashion shows.'"

Regarding Islamic Nations:

"We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity."

Regarding controversy over the previous quote:

"Ozzy Osbourne has his bats, and I have that darn "convert them to Christianity" quote. Some may not like what I said, but I'm still waiting to hear a better suggestion."

5:48 PM  
Blogger paul a'barge said...

Coulter doesn't speak for you? No big whup. She never claimed to.

You don't speak for me, a Conservative. No big whup either. Just don't go off all freshly-laundered claiming otherwise.

Go read what gays have to say about Conservatives. Oh and by the way, they do indeed mean you, and unlike Ann Coulter, they're not making jokes.

3:30 PM  

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