Creep of the Week
Rabbi David Seidenberg wrote in an April 2 blog post, “Back in 1984, when we were both enrolled at Dartmouth College, she secretly recorded a confidential support group for gay students, and published a transcript in The Dartmouth Review — complete with the names of the students at the meeting. There were students who were in the closet, back in the day when being outed could mean getting rejected for jobs and attacked by drunken frat boys.”
Many years later, Fox talk show host Laura Ingraham expressed regret over this.
That’s something she has a knack for, apparently: doing or saying totally reprehensible things that no decent human would, and then offer a weak apology. Case in point is her recent Twitter tantrum, in which she mocked Parkland school-shooting survivor David Hogg because he didn’t get accepted by colleges he applied to.
Ingraham is an adult without a filter or any compassion.
As you know, Hogg is a high school student. A 17-year-old. A child. Ingraham is, purportedly, a full-grown adult. One without a filter or any compassion.
Now, when I say that Hogg is a child, I am not saying he’s too immature to have opinions and feelings. That is what right-wing pundits like Ingraham believe. He has shown himself to be smart, mature and very articulate on these issues. He’s also said some things that remind us that he’s a 17-year-old who is angry. And rightfully so; his classmates were slaughtered at his high school.
It’s pretty telling that the right-wing gives mulligans to Donald Trump for literally every sin and crime he has committed. But they are so keen on attacking the Parkland kids for, like, using the F-word sometimes.
This isn’t the first time Ingraham has bared her fangs at a youth. She called the existence of transgender kids “this new gender-bending phenomenon, which clearly is facilitated and encouraged by a popular culture that seems to have concluded that, you know, traditional gender roles are yesterday’s news.”
Traditional gender roles have been used to keep women subservient and men violent. They are the basis for sexism and homophobia and transphobia. They foster toxic masculinity. And those roles are something the right-wing loves to champion, which makes sense considering how morally corrupt their agenda is.
Ingraham has said many racist and stupid things
Ingraham has a gay brother, but that doesn’t bring her around on the issue of LGBT rights. She speaks out against marriage equality. She feared it would essentially make Catholics look like bad people for discriminating against gays. I could go on and on about the many racist and stupid things Ingraham has said. But you can Google that if you want.
Instead, I would like to say this: at some point in the future people will look back at this time when Americans attacked and vilified children after they’d survived a mass shooting. The children dared to demand that the people in charge actually do something about gun violence. And they will wonder how a country who valued guns over kids managed to survive.
That is, of course, assuming we have a future. A country that puts gun rights before the right of its own citizens to live cannot survive like this. If we continue on like this, we’ll be a country full of angry white men. Many will have guns, and wear MAGA and “Who Farted?” hats. Which probably doesn’t sound like a bad thing to Ingraham. After all, instead of having advertisers flee her show, her ratings would go through the roof. And she wouldn’t have to apologize to anybody.
Barring that apocalyptic outcome, maybe Ingraham could just try being a better person. I’m not hopeful.
D’Anne Witkowski is a poet, writer and comedian living in Michigan with her wife and son. She has been writing about LGBT politics for over a decade. Follow her on Twitter @MamaDWitkowski.