18 April 2008

"Awesome" is keeping your own foot out of the crosshairs

I usually dig the content over at Feministing, but I'm really at a loss for the characterization of actress Michelle Rodriguez' following remarks as "her awesome response to repeated prying questions" of sexuality-obsessed journos:
She explains: “I picture [the journalists] turning into pigs, slime coming out the side of their mouth, and I picture them jerking off. I don't answer those questions.

“I just keep it to myself and it's nobody's business. If I wanna f**k a girl, a boy, a dog, that's my business. That's why there's bathroom doors."

I have to say, I'm a little unclear on what's so "awesome" about feeding into the sort of malicious, utterly fabricated comparisons that people use to put consensual, same-sex relationships on a par with bestiality, pedophilia, etc. Rodriguez' intentions in her choice of words are immaterial; whatever they were, the bottom line is that it sounds no different than the horseshit-laden sputterings of bigots like Rick Santorum. Bigots, it should be noted, who would breathlessly cite this as validation of their views and proof of the real goals of the so-called "homosexual agenda."

Criticizing the invasive, voyeuristic obsessions of the press?


Doing it so carelessly that you reinforce and perpetuate vicious attack lines used to demonize tens of millions of people (regardless of whether you're numbered among them)?

Decidedly un-awesome.

However well-deserved a slap at piggish journalists Rodriguez' comments may be, this is one step forward, two steps back.

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