the wrong gay
This weekend somebody wrote a hit piece on Pete Buttigieg. It's expected, that during the pre-election cycle stories will surface that will try to tear down the candidates. But this one was especially vicious. It was nasty, mean-spirited, lacking context and downright homophobic.
And you know what? It was written by a gay man. Yep. Somebody called Dale Peck, who has been called 'the takedown artist' by the NYTimes. He usually perpetrates 'hatchet jobs' aimed towards some known writers. He's taken upon himself to tear down these 'White Males' like there's no tomorrow. And now it was Pete Buttigieg who fell on his crosshairs.
What in the fuck is wrong with the person who wrote this, does the New Republic not have editors anymore? Mary Pete? Breitbart wouldn’t even run this. Not linking. pic.twitter.com/3M0ymKbKMH— Tim Miller (@Timodc) July 12, 2019
But there are other ways to approach his candidacy and maybe critique his lack of policy (that it's not comprehensive, but it's decent) or his problems with the police and black citizens in South Bend (which is something that may require much more than a Mayor's will to be resolved). Attacking the man and calling him the 'wrong kind of gay' is just stupid. Pete Buttigieg is not the gay messiah, he's just a politician who happens to be gay. Peck's piece did not go into policy. It went into Pete's personal life. And that's just unacceptable. I was incensed.
"His politics are certainly more centrist than many might like, and are perhaps worthy of criticism on their own. He is indeed a white-picket-fence kind of guy.
None of that means his gayness doesn’t count, or that the viability of his candidacy is not an indication of remarkable progress for our community. He belongs. We all belong. And it doesn’t matter what any of the nasty, preening jerks among us have to say about it.
We come together in the LGBTQ community out of many other communities, some that accept us and some that do not. Those experiences form who we are, and aspects of our different backgrounds come with us when we find our way to each other."
And you know what irks me more than anything? That apparently Dale Peck is an 'old school' gay and was part of ActUp and all that jazz. And that's a sorry state of affairs, because apparently, he's learned nothing since the mid-eighties. He wrote a book considered dull and uninteresting and has ever since dedicated himself to write unfunny, bitter diatribes about other authors, while holding an academic job at the New School. Yep, he teaches writing. BTW, Peck's email address is email@example.com, in case you (like me), would like him to have a piece of your mind about how to write satire without being a dick. So yes, he works at the 'new school' and I cannot imagine the kind of classes he teaches, if his teaching style is as dull, contrived and forced as his opinion piece for the New Republic.
P.S. After reading the hit piece I decided to give Pete some dough. Just because I think he's the right kind of gay.