Gawker.com covers Chris Crocker’s new video, which contains a diatribe against gay bashers who comment on his infamous (“more than famous,” ahem) Britney Spears video on Youtube.
[youtube width="500" height="418"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yd1Oe1LELcc[/youtube]
Crocker’s “Fuck you” to the gay bashers is certainly understandable; he’s in a very frustrating situation. Unfortunately, his rant doesn’t achieve much–other than some temporary catharsis. (Not that mine fare much better.) Crocker thinks that the media should focus on gay bashing; this is true. But I think Crocker should focus on the psychological causes of gay bashing.
I think that ending discrimination and hate against gays will probably be among the last frontiers in the quest to end bigotry. Bigotry against gays is probably now becoming the most dominant form out there. If you play Halo 3 or Call of Duty, it seems that the #1 insult in pre and postgame lobbies unfortunately involves calling someone a “faggot.” But that’s just the report from my little world of video-game-dorkiness.
I’m speculating that
hundreds thousands of years from now, most people will eventually move beyond bigotry race and gender–because humans regard race and gender as natural states that no one can do anything about. But many humans view homosexuality as being unnatural–often doing so without a clear or coherent definition of natural–just as we view steroids as being unnatural without knowing exactly why. Or they view it as being a choice that can be discarded at will; never mind that many of the people who advance this position would not regard themselves as being able to choose to be gay. They might say, “That’s something I cannot do…” Of course, the easy retort is to say, “I won’t choose to be gay.”
Then you ask them why. Most will probably retreat to some kind of divine command theory or back to the argument from naturalness. In order to combat these views, you have to push the theory of evolution and argument against the divine command theory. If Crocker wants to undermine gay bashing, he’s got to arm himself in the right way.