Thursday, April 5, 2012

Gay Jesus Shirt, Trans-Beauty Queen Triumphs, and Wizardry

I haven't covered a lot of news on the blog lately. Mainly, this is because I'm utterly sick of the same news cycle - Oh my gods! Did you hear what SantoRomney said in his speech/interview?! As we gear up for the election season, I'm almost positive that any and all real news of note is going to get drowned out by the two parties out for blood against one another. Though, there are a few news stories I'll be covering this week, and then spending some time on in Episode 70 of the podcast. Let's get to today's crop of fun, shall we?


Jesus Is Not A Homophobe

In Ohio, a high school student is making news in the last day for wearing a shirt to school that says 'Jesus Is Not A Homophobe'. The offending shirt can be found below:


The teenager, 17-year-old Maverick Couch (cool name), said that the school threatened him with suspension because the shirt was deemed 'indecent and sexual in nature'. Let me tell you... I agree with the school. Man, when I first read the phrase 'Jesus is not a homophobe', I just felt like touching myself. So. Hot.

Really?

While it might piss off some of the more homophobic or conservative staff and/or students, I'm not exactly sure the school has any grounds to say this was a sexual t-shirt. A t-shirt with two large Bubba mugs and 'Big Jugs' emblazoned across it is sexual in nature. A shirt saying 'Fuck Me In The Ass' is sexual in nature. That Abercrombie shirt I bought when I was 18 and being rebellious that said 'Spitters Are Quitters' was quite sexual in nature. (And my father cut it up as a result.) This... This is not sexual in nature. Simply referring to someone's sexual orientation, a religious belief, or a political issue, doesn't make something sexual.

However... To play devil's advocate... Could the school say that it was a disruptive shirt? If it caused a problem in class to the point where a teacher felt she could not control her classroom, then I could see the administration asking Couch to cover the shirt up, to wear a sweatshirt or something.

Also on the side of the devil's advocate, the boy is saying that he wore the shirt in support for the national day of silence, which is on April 20. This event happened, obviously, before the national Day of Silence. While I get that this is a nice idea, something about it smacks of quick thinking by his parents and/or attorney. Support the Day of Silence on the Day of Silence, possibly the week before if your school is participating in some way as a way to raise participation. In the picture, it looks like he might be wearing a sticker or something in the upper corner of the shirt regarding the day of silence. While that's nice and all, wearing the shirt not on the day of the event doesn't really speak to the day of silence, especially when the larger, more overt message is the 'Jesus Is Not A Homophobe' one with the rainbow fish.

In another article out of Cincinnati.com, it has come to light that the teenager has attempted to wear the shirt multiple times over a period of the last year, each time told to cover the shirt.

Gebhardt could not be reached Tuesday, but the school district’s superintendent, Pat Dubbs, said he believes Gebhardt considered the shirt a distraction and told Couch to turn it inside out when he wore it to school last year. He said the principal has done that on other occasions when students show up wearing potentially distracting or provocative shirts to school.
“We’re in the business of education and our main concern is maintaining an environment that is conducive to education,” Dubbs said. “We want our kids to be able to come to school and learn.”

As long as the principal is doing this in other situations with other students and various topics of potential distraction, I have little problem with the decision not to allow the shirt to be worn for the entire school day. I also don't have much of a problem with the possible suspension, because Couch was told repeatedly over the last year not to wear the shirt to school. Eventually, the offense will have to be punished. And, if the student refuses to dress appropriately to school, then he should be disciplined.

In this particular instance, I actually agree with the school's decision. However, I would be interested to see what the school did to reach out to the boy's parents before coming to the decision to suspend. Did they try to tell the parents what appropriate dress code is? Did they let them know he might be suspended if he refused to comply? If so, this case is pretty baseless.

Transgender Beauty Queen Victory


In Canada, a beauty contestant for the Miss Universe crown named Jenna Talackova has been cleared to compete. She initially wasn't, because Miss Talackova is a transgendered woman. She was born with male sexual organs. However, Talackova self-identified as a woman at age 4, underwent hormone therapy beginning at age 14, and received her reassignment surgery at age 19.

The problem with her participation in the event came from some confusing wording in the rules of the competition, stating that only 'natural born' women were allowed to compete. In the pagan community, we seem to be having the same issue of disqualifying transgender women because of silly wording loopholes as well.

Since this story came out in the last couple of weeks, there has been an international outcry from the LGBT communities, and the ruling was overturned. She is now cleared to compete. Well, sort of...

The organization, owned by Donald Trump, on Monday said Talackova was back in "provided she meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, and the standards established by other international competitions."

This doesn't seem to have quelled the issue, as Talackova and her attorney, the ever-media-present Gloria Allred, said:

"I wish Mr. Trump would just say, in plain words, whether or not I will be allowed to compete and, if I win, whether I will be allowed to represent Canada in the Miss Universe competition," Talackova said. "I also want Mr. Trump to clearly state that this rule will be eliminated because I do not want any other woman to suffer the discrimination that I have to endure."

I agree that the rule should just be eliminated. Allred, in an interview, said that her client never asked Mr. Trump to show his genitals and prove he is a man. To which Trump replied "I think Gloria would be very, very, very impressed with me."

Disgusting.

Just to be clear, this is the "unnatural" woman that Trump and his organization don't think quite meets the standards of Miss Universe...


Damn.

I'm a Wizard with a Light Saber!

Sometimes, I really love the internet. I love YouTube in particular. One video making the rounds is of a girl who just got her wisdom teeth removed, who now thinks she is a light saber-wielding wizard who must take revenge on the evil nurses who put a spell on her.

Enjoy.
 

Love and Lyte,

Fire Lyte

2 comments:

  1. I love her!!!! And I don't think I need to start in on what I think about the Miss Universe pageant fiasco. I have given up being surprised when I find out that something totally douche bag has Donald Trump behind it somehow. Lol

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  2. Sure the boy was told repeatedly to not wear the shirt, but I just can't agree with the board. Would it have a policy banning opinionated statements to be worn in class, that would be okay. But they don't - or never said they did, which would have been a good defense. And they went as far as calling it sexual. SEXUAL! Christ! If I'm being asked whether I'm gay or not, and say yes, is it sexual? And when I'm being called the gay f-word, is it sexual? Goddamn it's not. But a '' Jesus is not a homophobe'' tee-shirt is? Of course it's discrimination! It's like saying that homosexuals are nothing but walking libidos, or are more sexual than straight people. WTF? Actually, I'm glad he got suspend. It was the only way it could get big enough to attract attention, start a debate, and for the comity to be exposed as a bunch of discriminatory bitches.

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