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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Stereotypes 'r' us

Much as I admire and respect the Judges who decided last week to overturn a UK Border Agency decision to send two gay men home to live "discreetly", hiding their sexuality from regimes in Cameroon and Iran, where they might face jail, public flogging or execution for their preferences, it might have been best if one of the Judges had not sought to show his understanding of modern UK lifestyles.

According to Eva Wiseman in today's Observer, Lord Rodger of Earlsferry then proceeded to put his foot in it:

Lord Rodger, who should probably have thought twice and, ideally, restrained from using the kind of stereotypes repeated by people far more ignorant than him, said: "Just as male heterosexuals are free to enjoy themselves playing rugby, drinking beer and talking about girls with their mates, so male homosexuals are to be free to enjoy themselves going to Kylie concerts, drinking exotically coloured cocktails and talking about boys with their straight female mates."

I wish he'd been given the opportunity to carry on. "Just as female heterosexuals are free to enjoy themselves playing netball, talking about periods, rearranging their Louboutin shoe collection into transparent boxes labelled with Polaroids of the heels inside, so female homosexuals are to be free to weave their own dungarees from cat hair, bring down the patriarchy by slyly impregnating themselves with stolen sperm and complain about the lack of tahini in their take-away falafel." At this point, I picture him punching the air and narrowing his eyes and chanting: "Freedom!"

I can think of one Bridgend Councillor who's equally homophobic, who is so far in the closet that he's in Narnia!
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