AfterEllen.com Huddle: Untruths about the gays

 
 

People say the darnedest things! Especially really uneducated people. I had to LOL when I read this quote from actor Jeremy Jackson this week. When asked if he drinks bottled water, he responded: “That plastic bleaches and causes cancer. And, uh, bisexuality it’s been linked to directly.”

This just in: Hobie knows why you’re bisexual, and it’s because of bottled water. So what does it mean that he drinks it on occasion? He just can’t decide what he wants!

In honor of his ridiculous statement this week, we had to know: What’s the dumbest thing you’ve ever heard said about gay people?

Courtney Gillette: Once upon a time a friend and I left the now defunct lesbian hangout Cattyshack to run across the street for cigarettes. We bumped into a tipsy straight couple who wanted to know which bar we were coming from, and if it was fun. We thumbed at the shack and told them what was what.

“Wait,” the guy said. “You don’t look like lesbians.” We stared, nonplussed. He then wanted to know what we did. I told him that I was a teacher, and my friend was in charge of one of the UN’s journal publications (true and true). Now the guy looked really surprised.

“Whoa,” he said. “I never realized that lesbians have, like, jobs.” Right. We just sit around all day talking about vay-jay-jays and starring in pornos. Ugh.

Bridget McManus: Sadly there are so many ignorant and ridiculous statements that have been made about the LGBT community, it was difficult to chose just one. My top honor goes to Usher for his offensive explanation of lesbianism during his 2008 interview with VIBE magazine. He said:

It can never be bad to have a foundation as a man — a black man
— in a time when women are dying for men. Women have started to become
lovers of each other as a result of not having enough men.

Trish Bendix: Elisabeth Hasselbeck has always been full of gems, but this one was just really deserving of an eye roll. When discussing women leaving men for other women, The View host surmised that it wasn’t because they were attracted to women at all. Instead, it was more aligned with what Usher had to say above: “I’ll tell you what’s happening,” she said. “It’s that older men are going for younger women, leaving the women with no one.”

With no one! No one = other girls! Luckily we had Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar to give her the smackdown, as they reminded Elisabeth that lesbians actually, you know, have feelings and sexual relations with other women. But, yeah, I’m really depressed that all my male counterparts are dating 17-year-olds. It drove me into the arms of the first person I could find, and it happened to be a woman, time and time again.

Dara Nai: In 2005, Fox News visionary Bill O’Reilly warned the world that “crazy gay marriage insanity” would lead to people wanting to marry goats. Well it’s six years later and guess what?

The Linster: This one’s a classic.

“The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.” – Pat Robertson

He said this in the ’90s, I think, and the response was typically lesbian: We printed bumper stickers for our VW Beetles that said, “Sorry I missed church; I was too busy practicing witchcraft and being a lesbian.”

OK, your turn to share. What’s the dumbest thing you’ve ever heard about homosexuality?