Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (April 25, 2008)


If you’ve been surfing the cable news channels lately seeking out election coverage, you may have noticed out lesbian Rachel Maddow of Air America Radio on MSNBC’s Race for the White House, which airs at 6 p.m. ET weekdays.

Maddow, who possesses quite a sharp wit (and a Ph.D. from Oxford where she was a Rhodes Scholar), has become a regular on MSNBC during this extended election season, and she more than holds her own against conservative commentators such as Pat Buchanan and Joe Scarborough. In fact, just the other day Buchanan attempted to one-up Maddow by telling her to "hold the Marxist dialectic," thereby revealing that he had no idea what the hell he was talking about.

And last week, Maddow so infuriated Scarborough by being smarter than he is that he decided to leave the show early like a petulant little kid. Check out the footage here:

This election season has become so long and drawn-out that even I, an avowed political junkie, am tired of it. I think that Rachel Maddow’s ascendance as a political pundit is possibly the only positive outcome, and I’m not just saying that because of all the alliteration I got to use in one sentence.

After the dark horror of that reality TV, we need someone like Rachel Maddow to drag us back into the daylight, where people are sober and don’t expose themselves in public. Oh, wait.

(Y’all know I’m not talking about Rachel, right?)

Attention everyone who ever thought that singer-songwriter Michelle Shocked was a lesbian: According to this new interview with the Dallas Voice, Michelle was never a lesbian, and now she’s a Christian who believes that being gay is a sin, except she likes being called an "honorary lesbian." Huh?

Back in the ’90s, Shocked supposedly came out to Chicago’s OutLines magazine, and she was often identified in the press as a lesbian, but Shocked insists that she was never gay, though it’s a little unclear about whether or not she allowed folks to believe that she was gay at the time. Regardless, about 15 years ago she began to research gospel music, and eventually she became a born-again Christian. Here’s what she thinks nowadays:

There are some inconvenient truths that I’m now a born again, sanctified, saved-in-the-blood Christian. So much of what’s said and done in the name of that Christianity is appalling. According to my Bible, which I didn’t write, homosexuality is immoral. But homosexuality is no more less a sin than fornication. And I’m a fornicator with a capital F.

Well, I’m confused with a capital C. You have to read the interview to believe it, though you may not understand it any more than I do.

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