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10-09-2010, 04:58 PM

America was horrified by the story that erupted in the national news, that Rutgers college freshman Tyler Clementi threw himself off a bridge because his new roommate used a webcam to tape a homosexual encounter in which he’d engaged. Media outlets quickly dispatched their cavalry to find the experts to explain why America is a land of incessant bullying.

The if is no longer debatable. We’re on to the why.

This could have been a moment of national unity. Almost everyone can tell a story of being the target of bullying or mean-spirited ridicule about being too tall, too short, too fat, too skinny, too dumb, too smart, you name it. But others found this tragedy offered too rich a rhetorical opportunity. It was not a suicide to them. It was a murder.

CNN's “Larry King Live” brought on the antonym of human dignity, Kathy Griffin, who quickly inflamed the Clementi moment by charging “the blood's on their hands” of our “so-called leaders.” She insisted, “I think that the way that we had trickle-down economics in the '80s, this is trickle-down homophobia. And I really want people to connect the dots. And that's why I believe there's a connection between Prop 8, Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and now the string of teen suicides.”

Holy smokes. So Ronald Reagan killed him.

Let's put aside that ridiculous “connecting the dots” charge for a second. Larry King should have been asked: Given that Kathy Griffin regularly takes to the stage and television to viciously attack other people, is she really the kind of personality that can plausibly pose as the guardian of empathy and the role model for anti-bullying behavior? This year, she made the rounds of talk shows laughing up the controversy she created when she said Sen. Scott Brown's daughters were “prostitutes.” One daughter, Arianna, is a freshman at Syracuse University – the same age as the boy who took his own life. Griffin's even wished violence on people. She recently told a Playgirl magazine writer “I’d like to push Sarah Palin down the stairs.” Now she’s CNN’s anti-bullying poster child.

But Griffin wasn’t alone. Sitting right next to her was lesbian comic Wanda Sykes, who chimed in with her own love taps. “In the laws and everything else that's out here, in the churches that they preach that homophobia [sic] is wrong. You pretty much have given kids permission to disrespect and, you know, and to cause harm to the gay and lesbian community.” This is the same “comedian” who “joked” in front of the president that she hoped Rush Limbaugh's kidneys failed and he died. Now, she’s on CNN lecturing on bullying.

Then there's Sarah Silverman, another comedian who thrives on shocking and insulting comments. Silverman went on YouTube to lecture the country: “Dear America, When you tell gay Americans that you can’t serve their country openly or marry the person that they love, you’re telling that to kids, too. So don’t be f---ing shocked, wondering where all these bullies are coming from who are torturing young kids and driving them to kill themselves because they’re different. They learned it from watching you.”

Once again, putting aside the downright stupid accusation that opposing gay marriage is a bullying-and-suicide platform, is Silverman a role model against bullying? At almost the same time her accusatory video piled up more than 200,000 views, Silverman was vomiting this sex “joke” on Twitter: “9/11 widows give the best [sex act].” Can you say cognitive dissonance? She's now lecturing on bullying.

10-09-2010, 06:44 PM
The Pecksniffianism of the left is hardly an eye opener. Remember, these are the same people who held a concert, using more energy during that concert than most small towns use in a year, railing against global warming. Just like Al Gore telling us that we should all live in teepees and walk everywhere while he flies in private jets, drives around with a motorcade of SUV's, then buys a $9 million 6,500 sq. ft. mansion in Malibu. But the reason is obvious; gays are in the protected class. Conservatives are not.

10-11-2010, 09:42 AM
Griffiths and Silverman are not exactly unbiased in any of this.

There is a higher suicide rate among gay people than straight people. Sociological theory explains it to some degree. Durkheim's theory was of anome-that when a person feels isolated from society, they then tend to commit suicide. Gay teenagers, in particular, have strong feelings of isolation from their peers and often from their families.

One instance of bullying or mistreatment does not cause a person to commit suicide, because one instance does not cause one to give up all hope of happiness in life. It's a pattern. It's stupid of Griffiths and Silverman to suggest that.