Could someone please embrace Brian Tamaki

There is a huge furore in the US over comments by Michelle Bachmanns husband and his anti-gay rants.

Andrew Sullivan at the Daily Beast and other bloggers have attacked…but in a very unusual way. They have embraced Marcus Bachmann as one of their own.

Dan Savage is credited with the tactic.

As for why gay people think Bachmann’s mannerisms are fair game…

The man is a homophobe of the highest order; he and his odious wife support discrimination against LGBT people, they’re particularly invested in sustaining the religious stigma against queer people, and Marcus Bachmann makes money torturing vulnerable gays and lesbians—not all of them kids—with false promises of cures and false threats of hell. So here’s a man who thinks people should be discriminated against for being gay… a man who tells Christian gays that God hates people who are gay… and his manner is so stereotypically gay that he wouldn’t look out of place in a gay mens chorus or a sling at Club Z.

As we’ve seen with Haggard, Rekers, Craig, et al, the biggest homophobes are often messy closet cases. And as sex researcher Michael Bailey puts it: Not all gay men are sissies, but nearly all sissies are gay men. So it’s entirely possible—it seems highly likely to me—that Marcus Bachmann is one of those guys who insists that sexual orientation is a choice because he choose to be straight. Or choose to identify as straight.

They have gone for the jugular mocking Bachmann for his own gayness. Just listening to one fo his rants is an OMG! moment.

Gay people who point out how fruity Bachmann is aren’t saying there’s something wrong with being fruity, or with being gay, or with guys who lookspeakwalk, or dance the way Bachmann does. A lot of us look, speak, walk, and dance that way. And we don’t think there’s anything wrong with us for looking, speaking, walking, or dancing that way. I’ve never met a gay man who objected to Modern Family‘s Cam, who looks, speaks, walks, and dances the Bachmann way. And we certainly don’t think there’s anything wrong with being gay. But Marcus Bachmann sure does. He thinks there’s a whole lot wrong with being gay. And when we point out that this same Marcus Bachmann acts like a huge homo—like a huge, messy, married, dishonest, closeted version Cam—we’re not mocking the fruits. We’re hoisting that pansy with his own hateful petard.

Marcus Bachmann is attacking us and we’re claiming him. We’re embracing him, we’re saying that we recognize ourselves in him, we’re turning the stigma Marcus Bachmann promotes back on Marcus Bachmann.

This quote is wonderful:

And as sex researcher Michael Bailey puts it: Not all gay men are sissies, but nearly all sissies are gay men. So it’s entirely possible—it seems highly likely to me—that Marcus Bachmann is one of those guys who insists that sexual orientation is a choice because he choose to be straight. Or choose to identify as straight.

A video mocking Bachmann and his wife has also been made.

Apparently though there could well be a Gay Accent.

“Gay voice”, for the purpose of this post, is the kind of voice other people will perceive as making the speaker more likely to be gay. Obviously, not all gays have it, or anything like it; we are talking about perceptions.

There are a few features to stereotypical gay speech.  One is pitch. All things equal, the higher a voice, the more effeminate a voice sounds, for the obvious reasons. The second is pitch variability. The more up and down a voice goes in conversation, the more likely it is to be perceived as “excitable”, feminine and gay in men.

Third is the vowels. A recent paper in American Speech argues that American gay male voices tend towards the vowels of California.

So maybe Bachmann just has a gay accent instead of actually being a closet gay. Then again:

Perhaps someone could embrace Brian Tamaki.

 


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