2008 The Politics of Praising Omar
posted by January 14 at 13:38 PMon
Obama said of Omar, in part:
He’s this gay gangster who only robs drug dealers, and then gives back. You know, he’s sort of a Robin Hood. And he’s the toughest, baddest guy on this show, but he’s gay, you know. And it’s really interesting. It’s a fascinating character.
From our very own bober:
Obama says: “He’s the toughest, baddest guy on this show, but he’s gay.”
Is that like being African American but “articulate and clean?” Obama supporters freaked out when Sen. Joe Biden said he was the first African American candidate who was “articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy … “
It’s not unusual for gay people to be bad-ass and tough - look at Alexander the Great and the Sacred Band of Thebes.
Obama’s probably attracted to the fact that this is a character that could have been yet another stereotyped gay or stereotyped black, and instead the character goes against type. He doesn’t conform to the mold, and he’s popular. Sort of like Obama.