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Apr 07 2010

Bigotry is even better when it’s hypocritical

Okay, I’m trying not to make every post about this Constance McMillen story, but I keep finding new stuff that makes me want to bang my head into my desk. Like all of the ridiculous, hateful comments Constance’s classmates have been making about her on Facebook. But that’s not even the best part. Some students were stupid enough to post photos from the secret prom on public Facebook accounts, where some ingenious person stuck them on Flickr to preserve forever. I want to point out two things:Notice the two girls wearing jeans. Now, I’m not pointing this out to illustrate how tacky it is to come to prom in jeans (hell, some of those dresses were fugly enough fashion nightmares all on their own). I’m pointing it out because the school and community were against Constance wearing a tux. You know, an outfit that has pants, because the dress code required that girls all be feminine little ladies and wear dresses. Apparently Jesus makes exceptions for straight girls.

But okay, I’ll let the pants slide. The real issue at hand was keeping the gay away right? We were told repeatedly that seeing two girls dancing together would just be too distracting for the other students. Good thing the kids at the alternative prom didn’t have to see any of that. Wait a second…OH GOD. GIRL IN THE SEAWEED DRESS IS DANCING WITH ANOTHER GIRL! AND AND AND…nobody seems to notice. Because it’s totally normal and okay for two girls to dance together, as long as they’re straight. Heck, it’s encouraged. Bump and grind away, ladies, because the guys will pay so much more attention to you! Except if you were actually lesbians, in which case that’s just wrong and you’re making baby Jesus cry.

Though, I can’t be sure. Maybe Constance has been successful in recruiting more innocents to her cause. Damn those wily lesbians!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go weep for our future.

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  1. 1
    Secular Dentist

    As uaual. . . those conservative loons are always preaching morals in their underwear.

  2. 2
    Kareth

    "As uaual. . . those conservative loons are always preaching morals in their underwear."

    Except in this case the underwear is on their heads.

  3. 3
    Sili

    Speaking of tacky: baseball caps and white trousers?

  4. 4
    Rev. Ouabache

    It's not our future, Jen. These people are from Mississippi. That's practically a third world country.

  5. 5
    BeamStalk

    I am going blind from the ugly outfits!

  6. 6
    Pete Knight

    I know it's a serious issue, but bloody hell Jen, you're making me laugh.

    You're doing a great job pointing out hos stupid they've made themselves look.

    Go Jen Go

  7. 7
    The Mad Dreamer

    Even though I lived in the Deep South for several years, the idiocy there never ceases to amaze me.

  8. 8
    Three Ninjas

    Idea: Let's put Constance and her family and some animals into a boat and then destroy the world with a global flood. It's time for another reboot, don't you think?

  9. 9
    Jen

    Jason: While I love the symbolism, I'm not sure if repopulating mankind with lesbians is the best of ideas…

  10. 10
    Scott

    Jason: The only male to survive the flood is Yorick Brown, finding himself in a changed wo…oh, sorry.

  11. 11
    Super Happy Jen

    The logistics behind organizing a prom, then letting all the students know about it except Constance and her friends….it's just mind-boggling how committed these people are to their bigotry.

  12. 12
    spacecataz

    Absolutely incredible levels of bigotry and ignorance detected (over 9000?)

    Witnessing how far this community has taken this makes you appreciate Constance's bravery even more. Coming out of the closet by itself was probably quite an ordeal.

  13. 13
    krissthesexyatheist

    Just when you think it's over, it comes back again. Mississippi looks really bad right now.

  14. 14
    Buffy

    Sick, depraved people.

  15. 15
    Shannon

    Thanks for the flickr links.

    From everything I've read neither of the proms were actually school sponsored. So they're being called proms by folks on both sides of the debate but actually they're just private parties, right?

  16. 16
    Scott

    Gah, can't read those Facebook posts on Flickr. Flashbacks to all of the stupid people I knew in high school.

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    givesgoodemail.com

    Don't weep, Jen–celebrate!

    Constance now has money for school, and she certainly has motivation to get the fuck away from that black hole of bigotry.

    Send her a note and congratulate her! Join the "Constance quit yer cryin" Facebook page and help us take over the douche-y attempt to belittle her.

  18. 18
    Ian Andreas Miller

    Hey, that Flickr page is gone now.

  19. 19
    givesgoodemail.com

    Yep, Ian, and the user "whatsallthisthen" is no longer active on Flickr.

    Conspiracy theories abound…

  20. 20
    Anonymous

    @Jen "While I love the symbolism, I'm not sure if repopulating mankind with lesbians is the best of ideas…" We just need to make sure to include turkey basters in the ship suplies (and sperm and a refrigeration unit). Lesbians solved that logistics problem years ago.

  21. 21
    Julie

    Looking through the Flickr page, do all teenage girls dance like they're trying to shit out a baby? Do they actually think that looks attractive?

  22. 22
    Richard Howland-Bolton

    Oh! The disappointment!The photos seem to be currently unavailable

    :-(

  23. 23
    MaryLynne

    Pictures gone by the time I got here, but looked through them last night. There was one, a montage, from the prom that included a picture of two girls touching tongues. So, um, what was the objection to Constance again? Are girls kissing only ok if they are straight?

    Another thing I was thinking of – how likely is it that Constance and her girlfriend are the only gays at the school? Not at all likely. How is this for them, to see how they would be treated if they were honest about who they are?

  24. 24
    Dorthy Boardman

    Can anyone suggest a new supplier for dental equipment ?

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