The Latest Bil Pill

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Here are some facts: Not that this alters my animosity toward the pushers of Marriage Derangement Syndrome, but Charles Manson does have more marriage equality than those who live under DOMA laws – just as New York, New Hampshire, Wisconsin and Massachusetts LGBs have more basic civil rights than I do as a trans woman.  And Charles Manson is 80, an age that plenty of LGBs and Ts of his generation (and others, of course) were violently prevented from even sniffing.  (And do you want me to mention AIDS?)

The fact that he’s in prison for violently preventing Sharon Tate and several other people from sniffing any birthday that they might have encountered after the summer of 1969 doesn’t change any of that.

But when someone uses the phrase “Oppression Olympics,” you can be sure that one or more of several things is afoot: (1) The person is a minority of some sort running for office as a Republican, (2) the person is gay and is gearing up to fling rationalizations for excluding trans people from ENDA or some other civil rights proposal, (3) the person is trans and is defending Gay, Inc.’s anti-trans-woman hiring practices, or (4) the person is desperate for website traffic.

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You be the judge.

I’m Shocked – Shocked, I Say! – That a Gay Website That Often Trolls for Traffic by Complaining About the Over-Sensitivity of Trans People Would Complain About This

First, from Shillerico’s John Becker:

Legendary radio host Garrison Keillor cracked a gay joke on last weekend’s episode of A Prairie Home Companion:

Well Jim and John had to share a room one night in a hotel.
Jim said “I snore so bad I doubt you’ll sleep that well.”
And John kissed him on the cheek; he said “Sweetheart, it’s alright.”
Jim went and sat in a chair and he stayed awake all night.

(Click here for audio. The joke is at 34:57.)

What do you think?

Now the real punch line:

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Edited for Honesty

Something that The Bil just said in defense of Shillerico’s posting of the trans misogyny by Micah Escobedo, who “is a writer and aspiring politico”:

We’ve never shied away from presenting multiple sides to any argument at The Bilerico Project.

Now, here’s that same sentence, edited to make it honest:

We’ve never shied away from presenting multiple sides to any trans-related argument at The Bilerico Project.

For, as Jenna Fischetti notes (in direct response to editor John Becker who proudly took responsibility for greenlighting the post by Micah Escobedo, who “is a writer and aspiring politico,” essentially by saying that it was edgy and, therefore, worth inflicting and, besides, a trans person was allowed to do a post in response):

So what merited the decision to post this in the first place?

You are editor in chief. You have the final say in those decisions, do you not?

As Bil Browning suggests, that it is “good to get out of the bubble and hear other people’s perspectives” can you point to anti-LGBT perspectives which were published at Bilerico which engages in appeals to the people while telling gays and lesbians men or women to STFU? Because Cisgender Micah Escobedo tells transgender Janet Mock that she has no right to claim the video does not have trans rights implications while expressing “whom I love and find incredibly inspiring” .Why not just write: “Some of my best friends are trans….”

As editor, you should have seen how poorly this entire argument was constructed and rejected it. So the main problem is your insistence that this false argument has any social merit and thus requires you to publish it , let alone ask Brynn Tannehill to reply to it.

This post is a straw man fallacy on the premise that trans people’s offense to the video is based on the premise that trans people took Sarah Silverman literally. That distorts the position of the claim made by Janet Mock, the only example offered in this piece.

The position of most trans people is the video is offensive for its reinforcement of trope stereotypes which harm and marginalize trans people. Janet Mock merely offered a reality check to Silverman’s weak analogy.

If you or Bil need to be educated on why this was a problematic and offensive post, you have no right speaking on transgender subjects. 

Discourse is changed by each contribution to it. Yet real change happens when individuals get out into the political process and make a difference, not letting the core dictate to the periphery the terms of their obedience.

I eagerly await John Becker’s greenlighting of regular Shillerico columns by Maggie Gallagher, Sy Rogers and the ghost of Jesse Helms.

The Pill That The Bil Expects Us to Swallow to Pretend that Swill Doesn’t Kill

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The really sad part of this is that I’m actually willing to believe that Sarah Silverman truly had no evil intent with her wage discrimination video.  Yes, the tweet that she sent out pleading trans-ignorance had an arrogant veneer, but she could have been telling the truth.

It does happen.

And while I’m still not a big fan of hers (I’ve really never found her all that funny), I’m actually more willing to believe her than I am willing to believe that an apology plus hiring trans tokens who don’t give a damn about how many trans lives their employer has destroyed over the last two decades means that HRC-Griffin is any different than HRC-Solmonese or HRC-Birch or even HRC-Endean.

Leave it to Shillerico, however, to make things even worse re: the Silverman video.

Sarah Silverman is in hot water over a video she did to comically highlight the alarmingly high wage gap between men and women in this country. Some transgender activists found it insensitive and took it literally.

Really?

Took it literally?

In that we literally thought that Sarah was literally going to become Saul?

Or in that we have enough experience with how the reality of our lives gets misrepresented – sometimes carelessly, often purposely – by people who are allowed to earn a living claiming to speak for us that at least some of us were worried that Americans who aren’t trained in the law (and I have it on good authority that there are at least a half-dozen or so – maybe even more!) might not know that even though men have rigged the system to earn more than women, LGBs of thirty years ago rigged a different system so that moving from the F column to the M column not only won’t net you a pay raise, it will leave you worse off than had you remained in the F column (unless, of course, you’re part of the permanently-employed pseudo-activism elite of Gay, Inc., but I digress.)

Well, Shillerico has allowed Micah Escobedo, who “is a writer and aspiring politico,” to tell trans people how it is:

Trans issues have nothing to do with the video. They just don’t.

So no more need be said, eh?

No one – trans or otherwise, Silverman fan or otherwise – didn’t get that Silverman was trying to be funny.

No non-Republican – trans or otherwise – didn’t agree with the wage inequality message that she was trying to make by trying to be funny.

But no one – trans or otherwise – shouldn’t be even more pissed off at Shillerico than they might have ever been at Sarah Silverman.  As I make clear above, there’s at least some possibility that Silverman really wasn’t intending to be transphobic and there’s a 100% possibility that the intended gender inequality message of the video was 100% legit.

But there is no possibility that Micah Escobedo, who “is a writer and aspiring politico,” isn’t punching down with even more ferocity (and with padding-absent gloves on top of it) than Silverman would have been if she was donating the proceeds from her video to the TERF Defense Fund.

I have no idea if Micah Escobedo, who “is a writer and aspiring politico,” is trans or not.

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And I don’t give a damn – except to the extent that if he is, I’m sure we have found our next HRC trans token…

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…not to mention the person most likely to attend the Shillerico Halloween party dressed as Ron Gold.

Sarah Silverman – like her or not (and as I said, in general I don’t) literally messed up with her video.

She literally apologized for the problematic aspect of it.

She literally professed trans ignorance.

Shillerico, on the other hand, has figuratively marched an elephant – one that has just been force-fed a ton of ex-lax – onto the collective body of the trans community and commanded the elephant to release the hounds of its bowels.

Countdown to my needing to change “figuratively” to “literally” in 3…2…1….

No Figs for Isaac or Wayne

And no awards for the Bilerico Project, whatever that is, for its post about the Newton Daily News:

The editor of a small-town newspaper in Iowa has been fired for a post he made on his personal blog slamming what he calls “the LGBTQXYZ crowd and the Gaystapo” for “trying to reword the Bible to make their sinful nature ‘right with God.'”

Bob Eschliman, the now-former editor of the Newton Daily News, was referring to the Queen James Bible, an LGBT-friendly reinterpretation of the King James Bible that points out that the word “homosexual” didn’t appear in the Bible until 1946. “Queen James” is a reference to the historical King James’s many male lovers.

He ranted further:

[Jesus] said there would be deceivers. He said those deceivers would cause Christians who remain true to His teachings to become reviled. He said false prophets would follow to deceive even more, and that lawlessness will abound.

If you ask me, it sounds like the Gaystapo is well on its way. We must fight back against the enemy.

No, I don’t have any issue with that portion of the post – or this one:

I have no doubt that as soon as the Bryan Fischers, Tony Perkinses, and Rush Limbaughs of the national anti-LGBT right get ahold of this story, they’ll turn Bob Eschliman into their next cause célèbre a la Brendan Eich — their newest “religious liberty” martyr — despite the fact that both cases had nothing to do with essential liberties like speech and religion and everything to do with private companies making private business decisions about who they wanted to represent them.

I wonder, though: will Andrew Sullivan, Jim Burroway, John Corvino, and all the other LGBTs and allies who defended Brendan Eich and his “right” to espouse homophobia without consequence rush to the barricades for Bob Eschliman as well? Should Eschliman’s bigoted views, like Eich’s, be something we just have to “tolerate?”

So what’s my problem with it?

The absolute lack of any contextualization.

No, not contextualization in some effort to rehabilitate Eschliman (which looks scarily like Eichmann, but I digress) but, rather, contextualization as to how anti-(LGB)T the Newton Daily News once was not.

37 years ago Newton was the site of the trial of Richard Moore.

He was charged with killing his wife, Terri WIlliams Moore, somewhere between Walcott, Iowa and the Lynnville exit from I-80 in Jasper County.

That was where the body was dumped, providing court venue for the trial in the county seat of Newton.

It was one of the first times, if not the first, that someone was convicted of first degree murder for killing a trans woman.

And the sensationalistic title of that true-crime-rag article is only half-representative of the trial.

The big issue in Newton in 1976-77 was the fact that Richard killed Terri on their honeymoon, not that she happened to have once had an M on her driver’s license.

As I noted at ENDABlog Classic back in 2011:

[T]he most that Inside Detective did to de-woman-ize her was fail to show her alive, average and normal.  Yes, it included remarks from some law enforcement officials about the size of her feet and, in sanitized terms, her apparently still needing a bit of electrolysis.

Remember, though, these people being quoted were not big-city cops dealing with the victim of an urban anti-trans hate crime – and that victim was not someone who they knew up front was transsexual and who they were de-sexing for media enjoyment and with GLAAD’s de facto approval.  They came upon Terri’s body in the middle of nowhere, initially knowing nothing about her and, upon ascertaining that she was a new bride (by virtue of the marriage license being near the body), even were wondering whether or not they might find her husband’s body somewhere nearby.

The cop chatter?

The very few total mentions in the press of Terri’s being transsexual?

(from the Feb. 14, 1977 issue of the Newton Daily News)

(from the Feb. 17, 1977 issue of the Newton Daily News)

All mechanical; all medical; all legitimate aspects of a murder investigation – and, none of it sensationalized[.]

I leave it to the reader to guess how Bob Eschliman would have edited those two items.

Progress that isn’t progress needs to be noted.

Deception

At the Bilerico Project, whatever that is, we find:

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…which is followed by the actual quote being referred to:

“This is a point in time where we’ve accomplished a number of things in easy states and where you hear some people saying gay rights is inevitable. It’s clearly not.”

I see “gay.”

I don’t see “T.”

A few other people didn’t either:

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Your task now is to calculate how much money Rosa Parks, Jr. ‘earned’ during the ten minutes it took for me to throw this post together.

Life is So Easy For Self-Declared ‘Ethicists’

No responsibilities and…

well, lets just stick with that: No responsibility, no responsibility at all.

From Cristan Williams at TransAdvocate who, apparently, with a handful of phone calls, does more actual journalism than the Toronto Star does in, well, who knows how long:

On Saturday, the Toronto Star’s “ethics” journalist, Ken Gallinger, unquestioningly published the incredible claim that an elderly Toronto women was hit on in the YMCA women’s locker room by a male-bodied individual who was walking around the women’s locker room fully nude, replete with erection.

The claim is a hoax. We can add this fake incident to the growing list of other fake incidents:

How do we know that the Toronto ‘incident’ didn’t happen?

First:

When Autumn Sandeen wrote Gallinger about the article, Gallinger claimed no journalistic duty to fact check any claim saying, “It is, of course, not possible for me to substantiate most of the stories I’m told, and frankly I don’t try — my general policy is to deal with issues as they are presented…” To seemingly make the case that he wasn’t entirely derelict in his journalistic duties, Gallinger claimed that he did at least check to make sure “that the e-mail address from which it came was valid.” What Gallinger utterly failed to do, was pick up the phone and simply call the YMCA to verify any aspect of this anonymous story.

No journalistic duty to fact check any claim?

Who does Gallinger think he is?  The JohnThe Bil?

Clearly he’s not Cristan, because…

Since Gallinger wasn’t willing to fact check any of these claims, I contacted every Toronto YMCA with a pool and guess what?

No complaint or even rumor of anything like this exists in Toronto area YMCAs. Every Toronto area YMCA was shocked to learn that an unsubstantiated claim like this was propagated by the Toronto Star. Every Toronto area YMCA confirmed that nobody had made any complaint concerning anything even remotely similar to the claim made in the Toronto Star.

Cristan has posted audio and transcripts thereof.

Forward to your favorite christianist-lovin’ TERFs (Or is it TERF-lovin’ christianists?  Its so hard to tell these days), so they can get their stories straight (pun intended) next time they decide to commit group libel against trans people.