The LGBT watchdog group GLAAD does a lot of good work, but sometimes they drop the gay ball and embarrass us big time.
I recently wrote about how they tried to pull the movie Ticked-off Trannies With Knives from the Tribeca Film Festival, partly because it didn’t depict the kind of tasteful transsexuals they like to see shown–even though the characters were lovable, funny, and waged a fearless war against transphobia! GLAAD found them more like drag queens, which I guess are still the Rosa Parkses of the gay community, no matter how many advances they make in the mainstream media.
Well, now they’ve decided that in order to praise Chely Wright, the country star who got a renewed burst of fame by coming out, they need to diminish Ellen DeGeneres.
GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios told the New York Times, “When it’s one of their own (coming out), I think it forces people to take it a little more seriously. In that way, Chely Wright has the promise of being far more impactful in coming out in red states where people couldn’t give two hoots about Ellen DeGeneres.”
Oy. Does this guy even realize how HUGE Ellen is in ALL states? She happens to have a hit daytime talk show that’s watched by all KINDS of people, plus she’s a judge on a tiny little phenomenon called American Idol, for God’s sake!
Does he realize that she came out when she was already HUGE and when practically NO ONE was out? Does he realize how daring and major and impactful and brave that was and how she was crucified for it, but how she rode the next wave, becoming even more opinionated and open while continuing to help transform the pop and political landscapes by pushing envelopes and addressing issues???
Can GLAAD please go back to bringing us together rather than playing favorites just to hop on the newest bandwagon?