I Am Gregory’s Distinct Lack of Empathy
Update: I read where authorities are looking to charge the two people who made the video with hate crimes. Leave it to politicians to turn tragedy into farce. I guess when the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem turns into a nail.
OK, this is a pretty tragic story. Gay student gets videoed by douchebag roommate knocking boots, the stream is fed to the internet, gay student commits suicide. OK, that’s really sad, all right. I get it.
But at the same time, it’s pretty sleazy the way Gay Victims, Inc. is already moving to exploit this. “See, this is what happens because gay youth are not accepted! You should all feel the accumulated guilt of heteronormative oppression! By the way, we need more funding for tolerance programs and gay teen support groups. (Queer Studies Majors gotta do something for a living.)”
I’m just not buying into that. I think this kid was probably messed up, and his sexuality was a piece of that. And his death is sad, but is it society’s fault? I don’t think so.
I live in a place nicknamed “Fredneck,” because it’s suburban/rural and supposedly filled with intolerant jocks and hicks. I have kids not much younger than the suicide victim, and the general attitude toward teh gheys, even here, is “No big deal.”
And this kid was a student at a liberal college, Rutgers, that, according to its website, has had a Gay Students organization on campus for over 30 years, and now supports “several organizations — sponsored art exhibits, symposia and academic conferences…” Are we supposed to believe that the addition of more organizations would have prevented this kid from committing suicide, or his jerk roommate from making a video of him doing the horizontal Monster Mash and putting it on the internet (which was apparently illegal anyway)? I don’t think so.
I think the perception of gay victimhood is about 10% reality, 30% paranoia, and 60% political exploitation. But, that’s just me. Sorry for the long message.