Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Excellent Question

One of my favorite opinion columnists is Leonard Pitts, Jr., of the Miami Herald. He's syndicated, so I get his columns here in the Times-Picayune a day after they run in Miami. Recently he did a column contrasting the experiences of the Rev. Ted Haggard and actor Neil Patrick Harris, star of Doogie Howser, MD, both of whom were involuntarily outed recently. The news about Harris was no surprise to gay folks, and when the issue was brought up directly on an online gossip site, he responded with a statement that included this wholly admirable sentence:
I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions and am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest.

Ted Haggard, in contrast ... well, I think you know what happened there.

Pitts also asks the following question, in reference to Haggard:
Between this guy, the late gay-bashing former Spokane mayor, James West, Pat Robertson biographer Mel White, and Michael Bussee and Gary Cooper, leaders in the "curing homosexuality" movement until they fell in love with one another, can't we now safely assume that any conservative who rants about the homosexual agenda is a lying hypocrite gayer than a Castro Street bar?

Ah, Leonard, some of us have been asking that question for a verrrry long time.


Anonymous said...

You can tune your gaydar to pick up self-hatred? Cool.

Steve T. said...

Heh. Not always easy to detect in others, although sometimes it's obvious.

Best is to know that there's none inside yourself.

Cheers. Luv ya bro.

Blogdevil9 said...

Another admirable aspect of Neil Patrick Harris' admission is that he courageously told the truth when he currently has a hit sitcom (How I Met Your Mother). Hopefully his response to the question will only affect his success in this in a positive way.

Steve T. said...

Other blogs have pointed out how ironic it is that the character he plays on that show is a complete heterosexual horndog who will do anything got into a hot chick's pants.

This is what I hear. I haven't seen it.