Homo Protest Garrison Keillor
posted by March 14 at 11:16 AMon
Larry Kramer gave a speech in New York City last night to mark the 20th anniversary of the founding of ACT UP. Kramer called on gays and lesbians to form a new “gay army” to fight for the rights of gays and lesbians. There’s a great roundup and a link to the full text of Kramer’s speech over at Towleroad.
The first action for the new gay army is already planned: ACT UP/NY is going to “storm the military recruiting station in Times Square on Thursday at noon,” demanding that Gen. Peter Pace be fired.
I have a proposal for a second action: Disrupt a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Coulter Keillor’s live radio show on NPR. (Why protest Keillor? Read my earlier post “Fuck Garrison Keillor.”) One of ACT UP’s most successful early demos was disrupting a live broadcast of the CBS Evening News. If we’re going to start acting up again there’s no reason Keillor’s show should be spared. Keillor’s attack on gay parents was just as offensive and just as misinformed as Pace’s “immoral” comments or Ann Coulter’s Edwards’ joke.
And what do you know? Garrison Keillor’s show this week is broadcasting live from New York City. Hello? ACT UP/New York? I suggest you hit Garrison where it’s sure to hurt—on the air.
UPDATE: Oh, never mind. What does it say about my mood, to say nothing of my trigger finger, that Larry Kramer has a cooler head than I do these days?
UPDATE 2: Hey, this wasn’t an Emily Latella moment, as some are saying in the comments. It was “never mind” to protesting Keillor, not to complaining about Keillor’s blatantly homophobic column—which, no, I don’t read as satire. Unless this is satire: “Oh, the world sure is complicated. It was bad enough when nice straight people LIKE ME were getting divorced and remarried. Now the homosexuals are doing it too and, well, we’re just going to have to live with that, I suppose. Least you homos could do, though, is stop acting like such pansy asses. For the kids. Okay?”