Obama Beats Gay, Cotton-Picking S&M Slaves: Funny or Offensive?

By: Daniel Villarreal

Today, Taiwan's Next Media Animation created a video about the catfight between gay columnist Dan Savage and the gay conservative group GOProud. But NMA's animation is actually more offensive than what Savage said to begin with.

Here's the backstory: To no one's surprise, last week the gay conservative organization GOProud narrowly voted to endorse Republican candidate Mitt Romney for president, even though Romney has pledged to support a U.S. constitutional amendment criminalizing gay marriage.

GOProud co-founder Jimmy LaSalvia commented, "We disagree strongly with [Romney] on his support for a federal marriage amendment," but added, "We think that jobs, the economy, healthcare, retirement security and taxes are all ‘gay issues,’ and on every single one of those issues, Mitt Romney is light years better than President Obama."

In response, gay writer and It Gets Better Project founder Dan Savage tweeted, "The GOP's house faggots grab their ankles, right on cue... pathetic."

Outraged, GOProud's co-founder Chris Barron commented, "Apparently, faggot is an entirely appropriate slur as long as Dan Savage is slinging it and gay people who you don’t agree with are on the receiving end. It gets better my ass."

However, Mr. Barron has tweeted the word "faggot" before in the past, which hypocritically takes the wind out of his self-righteous sails.

But then NMA came out with a video (below) depicting white-suited Aryan "house gays" sprinkling rose petals upon and pampering Romney as one gay offers his butt to Romney... and Romney's eyes get hearts in them.

Then, the video shows "the field gay" slaves picking cotton in nothing but leather vests, boots, cowboy hats, bowties and speedos. Meanwhile Obama acts as their overseer.

Later, Romney comes in to whip the slaves right before pushing Obama off of a rainbow.

Showing Obama as a overseer at a cotton-picking slave plantation? Depicting gay men as butt-hungry leather queens and fey, rainbow-riding fags?

Sure, one could argue that Savage started the "house/field gay" metaphor or that political parties do use LGBT people as slaves. But NMA regularly depicts gay men in pinks, rainbows, cowboy or leather gear or have them swishy and fey-like with heart-eyes for lusting over other guys.

Our community has protested such lazy, stereotypical depictions of gay people for decades. So why tolerate it now from a cartoon import?

A lot of gay bloggers (myself included) actually like NMA because their videos are usually fun, modern and irreverent and because they cover our issues. But can't they give their gay fans a smarter, newer and less offensive depiction rather than always making us out as a bunch of swishy fags and sexual deviants?

Okay, soapbox aside, here's an interesting postscript to the whole Savage-GOProud cat fight.

Today, Village Voice gossip columnist Michael Musto piled on in a blog entry entitled, "GOProud Is A Bunch Of Jewish Nazis" saying,"You're like Jewish Nazis! Black Klan members! Women who campaign for Rush Limbaugh! Mexican Republicans! Roaches who moonlight as exterminators! Blech, go away." 

In response, GOProud co-founder Jimmy LaSalvia commented: "Have you seen Michael Musto lately? We aren't going to take serious political advice from a human Muppet. Musto should stick to writing gossip pieces about Lindsay Lohan, and leave politics to the professionals."

So political professionals call their opponents "muppets" and "faggots"? Ladies, ladies... decorum please!