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Performance Art? – Gutfeld’s Gay Bar, Part 3

Posted on August 12 2010 2:00 pm
I'm a newly born Conservative, recovering from a life of misguided liberalism. 40-something, born in Seattle and raised in Washington State.
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Is Gutfeld's Gay Bar nothing more than performance art? Does it matter?

Tonight’s “Red Eye” featured guests Diana Falzone, Paul Mecurio and Dana Vachon.

The subjects discussed included that the average government employee makes twice what the average private sector employee earns, a University of Michigan study indicating 90% of women have suffered sexual harassment in the workplace, and a new website where college students can place wagers against future report cards.

For the third night in a row, the most compelling segment has been host Greg Gutfeld’s “Greg-Alogue,” which was, once again, about his proposal to put a gay bar next to the Ground Zero Mosque.

On his website, The Daily Gut, Gutfeld provides a rough draft of the upcoming Greg-Alogue. Yesterday, he wrote

But hey, they are correct that my Islamic gay bar is a provocation. But it wasn’t directed at Muslims (for them, it’s actually a sincere gesture).

It was a provocation toward ignorant cowards like [Media Matters for America’s Simon] Maloy who – rather than condemn real homophobia in the world, prefer to focus their wet, lefty whine on righties who are far more enlightened than they could ever be.

In fact, their accusations of Islamophobia are meant to hide their cowardice concerning gay rights. Think about it – I’m putting gay rights front and center, before an ideology that condemns homosexuality. No one on the left has the balls to do that. That’s why I make them look pathetic.

So, why would they call me a bigot, yet remain silent when faced with a gay-hating ideology? Why would you side with those who would kill you – instead of a guy who just wants to open a gay bar?

Well said, but does Gutfeld really want to open a gay bar? Yesterday, he was on Glenn Beck. Today, he appeared on Sean Hannity. He’s certainly making the rounds with this idea. After delivering his nightly monologue, Gutfeld seemed to indicate this entire “Greg’sGayBarGate” was really a form of performance art, rather than a serious idea.

To be fair, none of Gutfeld’s posts on the issue have been altered. He is still calling for contributors.

At least one radical, pseudo-feminist website has already accused Gutfeld of making the whole thing up. Read the lovely Amanda Marcotte’s comments to the post. It’s her site, after all. Isn’t she the very bastion of tolerance towards others? Especially gay conservatives.

The larger problem is the following: Conservatives often accuse the Left of using minority issues as wedges. In other words, leftists don’t really care about “gay rights.” They only pretend to care to bring in votes. If Gutfeld was using the views of Islam toward homosexuality just to make a point, how was he doing anything different?

Look, I know Gutfeld isn’t a homophobe or an Islamophobe. “Red Eye” mocks everything. That’s kind of the point. The radical Left doesn’t get that. They are some of the most intolerant people in the world, because their only interest is in tolerating that which is in agreement with them. They would rather side with Hamas and Iran, where homosexuals are killed, than Christians or conservatives, some of whom merely find homosexuality a sin.

Gutfeld’s point is made, but has he convinced anyone of anything? The Left will continue to accuse him of homophobia and religious bigotry. The Right will continue to support  conservative values. Nothing will change.

The only way for Gutfeld to prove to anyone but the already convinced that he is sincere about his beliefs is to follow through with his plan. Whether he does so or not is up to him.

I don’t need convincing. I don’t need another gay bar. I remain a Gutfeld – and a “Red Eye” – fan, through and though. I know conservatives, in general, don’t hate gay people. I know we don’t hate Muslims, though we definitely take a stand against radical Islam. No conservative-run gay bar will change my mind about that. My beliefs aren’t that flimsy.

But no, Greg. While I continue to be a fan, I won’t go see “Eat, Pray, Love” with you.

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