Sunday, April 08, 2007

The importance of being PJ

Show biz gossip site TMZ comments on the news that Disney has opened its "fairytale weddings" to gay couples:

But really, what disappoints us most is that shows like "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" and "The L Word" had fraudulently lead us to believe that gay people are inherently more fashionable and stylish than heterosexuals. The fact that an actual gay couple actually wanted to use Disneyland as the location of their nuptials contravenes such a noble postulate.

There is one bright spot: At last, we truly are all equal -- if only in our tackiness.
If they're surprised at the revelation that there's a gay susceptibility for kitsch, I guess they don't remember Liberace (who made Disney look quietly understated), and haven't seen any Gay Pride marches.

Personally, I susbscribe to the P.J. O'Rourke idea that when gays start getting married, bringing up kids (gay adoption) and going to church, they'll start voting for conservative politics. Not that this is likely to persuade the Southern Baptists, who just finished one 8 year boycott of Disney over tolerance of gay visitors to theme parks, and now look to be faced with another. Baptist kids had better get in those Disneyland visits while they can.

By the way, I couldn't find a link to the exact PJ quote, but while hunting round came across this in a comment to an old Tim Blair post:
I did discover O'Rourke (apparently he is the gateway drug of conservatism)...
That he is, almost certainly because left wing politics are just plain incorrect, factually, in so many ways (economics, the "blank slate") and have had such horrific effects, yet social conservatism is unattractive to those who see themselves as left, but are experiencing reality-based doubts. To encounter a commentator who is socially liberal, yet avowedly conservative is a liberating experience for many.

That's why he has been so important. Sounding off to the converted is fun, but O'Rourke has actually changed minds.

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