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The Never Ending Parade of Stupid

August 7, 2007

This is going to be a long post, not because of my writing ability and thoughful opinions, but rather because of the ability to copy and paste.

I read an opinion by John Corvino about the “never ending parade of stupid,” Motormouth Maybelle’s (Queen Latifah) line from Hairspray predicting the problems her son Seaweed and his white girlfriend Penny might encounter because of their interracial relationship.

Then I remembered reading yesterday about state (Florida) representative Bob Allen (R) who was recently arrested for soliciting gay sex ($20) in a washroom in a park.

Allen has a history of supporting legislation against LGBT equality. He was also the co-chair of John McCain’s presidential campaign in Florida. Was.

In statements released by the police Allen admits to the charge but says he only did it because he was afraid of the high number of blacks in the park. What?

So while sufering from “black panic” (he was afraid he was “about to be a statistic,”) (and, as opposed to the “gay panic defense” often used in assault and murdercases where gays are targeted) he propositions “a pretty stocky black guy” (Allen’s words) for oral sex, and suggests a place where they can go. Trouble is: the stocky black guy is a cop.

Now if this is not part of the “never ending parade of stupid” I don’t know what is.

Here is the whole story:
But I copied it here:
(Tampa, Florida) State Rep. Bob Allen (R), a longtime foe of LGBT rights in Florida, has a bizarre excuse for being charged with offering a male cop $20 for oral sex in a washroom at a park.

He was busted last month in a sting at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Titusville, Florida.
In taped statements made by Allen to police following his arrest and released by the force Allen admits to soliciting the male officer but claims that it was the result of being nervous by the high number of black men in the park.

“I certainly wasn’t there to have sex with anybody and certainly wasn’t there to exchange money for it,” Allen told officers.

Of the arresting officer Allen said in the tape, “This was a pretty stocky black guy, and there was nothing but other black guys around in the park.”

He claimed he feared he “was about to be a statistic” would have said anything just to get away.
But on the tape Allen also admits warning the undercover cop that “undercover cops” were in the area and the man should be careful.

“I said they’re around here, you ought to know about that.”

He only realized he was talking to an officer when he flashed his badge.

The arresting officer’s handwritten report on the arrest also was released by the force.
Titusville Officer Danny Kavanaugh who was on plainclothes duty says he observed Allen entering the washroom twice. Kavanaugh said he was drying his hands in a stall when Allen peered over the stall door.

The officer’s report said that after peering over the stall a second time, Allen pushed open the door and joined Kavanaugh inside. Allen muttered “‘hi,’v” and then said, “‘this is kind of a public place, isn’t it,'” the report said.

Kavanaugh wrote that he asked Allen about going somewhere else and Allen suggested going “across the bridge, it’s quieter over there.”

“Well look, man, I’m trying to make some money; you think you can hook me up with 20 bucks?” Kavanaugh wrote in the report that he had asked Allen.
The Republican lawmaker, the report said, replied, “Sure, I can do that, but this place is too public.”

According to Kavanaugh’s statement, the officer said, “do you want just (oral sex)?” and Allen replied, “I was thinking you would want one.”
It was at that point Allen was arrested.

Ironically, Allen was the Police Union’s 2007 Lawmaker of the Year.

In the last session of the Florida legislature he sponsored a failed bill that would have tightened the state’s prohibition on public sex. He also has been a supporter of amending the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage and has opposed a bill to curb bullying of gay students.
Allen has been charged with solicitation for prostitution, which has a maximum penalty of one year in jail.

Prior to his arrest Allen was a co-chair of Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign in Florida, a position he has since resigned.

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And here is John Covino’s column:

Hairspray, Race and Gays

John is a philosophy professor at Wayne State University in Detroit.

>The Never Ending Parade of Stupid

August 7, 2007

>This is going to be a long post, not because of my writing ability and thoughful opinions, but rather because of the ability to copy and paste.

I read an opinion by John Corvino about the “never ending parade of stupid,” Motormouth Maybelle’s (Queen Latifah) line from Hairspray predicting the problems her son Seaweed and his white girlfriend Penny might encounter because of their interracial relationship.

Then I remembered reading yesterday about state (Florida) representative Bob Allen (R) who was recently arrested for soliciting gay sex ($20) in a washroom in a park.

Allen has a history of supporting legislation against LGBT equality. He was also the co-chair of John McCain’s presidential campaign in Florida. Was.

In statements released by the police Allen admits to the charge but says he only did it because he was afraid of the high number of blacks in the park. What?

So while sufering from “black panic” (he was afraid he was “about to be a statistic,”) (and, as opposed to the “gay panic defense” often used in assault and murdercases where gays are targeted) he propositions “a pretty stocky black guy” (Allen’s words) for oral sex, and suggests a place where they can go. Trouble is: the stocky black guy is a cop.

Now if this is not part of the “never ending parade of stupid” I don’t know what is.

Here is the whole story:
But I copied it here:
(Tampa, Florida) State Rep. Bob Allen (R), a longtime foe of LGBT rights in Florida, has a bizarre excuse for being charged with offering a male cop $20 for oral sex in a washroom at a park.

He was busted last month in a sting at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Titusville, Florida.
In taped statements made by Allen to police following his arrest and released by the force Allen admits to soliciting the male officer but claims that it was the result of being nervous by the high number of black men in the park.

“I certainly wasn’t there to have sex with anybody and certainly wasn’t there to exchange money for it,” Allen told officers.

Of the arresting officer Allen said in the tape, “This was a pretty stocky black guy, and there was nothing but other black guys around in the park.”

He claimed he feared he “was about to be a statistic” would have said anything just to get away.
But on the tape Allen also admits warning the undercover cop that “undercover cops” were in the area and the man should be careful.

“I said they’re around here, you ought to know about that.”

He only realized he was talking to an officer when he flashed his badge.

The arresting officer’s handwritten report on the arrest also was released by the force.
Titusville Officer Danny Kavanaugh who was on plainclothes duty says he observed Allen entering the washroom twice. Kavanaugh said he was drying his hands in a stall when Allen peered over the stall door.

The officer’s report said that after peering over the stall a second time, Allen pushed open the door and joined Kavanaugh inside. Allen muttered “‘hi,’v” and then said, “‘this is kind of a public place, isn’t it,'” the report said.

Kavanaugh wrote that he asked Allen about going somewhere else and Allen suggested going “across the bridge, it’s quieter over there.”

“Well look, man, I’m trying to make some money; you think you can hook me up with 20 bucks?” Kavanaugh wrote in the report that he had asked Allen.
The Republican lawmaker, the report said, replied, “Sure, I can do that, but this place is too public.”

According to Kavanaugh’s statement, the officer said, “do you want just (oral sex)?” and Allen replied, “I was thinking you would want one.”
It was at that point Allen was arrested.

Ironically, Allen was the Police Union’s 2007 Lawmaker of the Year.

In the last session of the Florida legislature he sponsored a failed bill that would have tightened the state’s prohibition on public sex. He also has been a supporter of amending the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage and has opposed a bill to curb bullying of gay students.
Allen has been charged with solicitation for prostitution, which has a maximum penalty of one year in jail.

Prior to his arrest Allen was a co-chair of Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign in Florida, a position he has since resigned.

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And here is John Covino’s column:

Hairspray, Race and Gays

John is a philosophy professor at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Three Things for Monday, and Hairspray!

July 23, 2007

In no particular order here are three very important happenings today.

First, of course, the meeting of the Bessemer Neighborhood Association is tonight at 7:00. Among other things, we will talk about the animal abuse issue, and we would like as many people there as possible. Even if you don’t live in Bessemer, you should be concerned that a city is sanctioning animal abuse, so you should come out in support. 7:00 at 1829 Dartmouth Avenue.

Of course, you will need to tivo the democratic “youtube debate” on CNN at 6:00 central time. Then you can watch it after the Bessemer meeting.

And by then you should have called your representative in Washington and urged him or her to support impeachment proceedings against Dick Cheney. Today people across the country are being urged to do that…just three more sponsors and Chairman John Conyers says he will begin impeachment proceedings. 202-224-3121 gets you in touch with your representative. Today is the 5th anniversary of the meeting that produced the famed Downing Street Minutes and if you are unfamiliar with this check it out.

Hairspray had a large audience at 2:00 in Hoover, believe it or not. This movie musical about integration in 1960’s Baltimore might be more controversial in Birmingham than Brokeback Mountain was. Of course Brokeback played to crowded movie houses for more than 12 weeks here, and I predict Hairspray will do at least as well.

The biggest surprise was that I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry beat out both Harry Potter and Hairspray over the weekend. I guess too many people stayed home reading the new Harry book…or had already seen the movie since it grossed $139 million the weekend before. I want to hear from people who actually saw Chuck and Larry, because the reviews are awful, but you gotta love Adam Sandler and Kevin James, so yeah, we will got see it, but we aren’t in a big hurry.

The original Hairspray movie from 1988 finds its way to connect to the new production, in the form of John Waters, the writer and director of the original movie, making a cameo appearance as the “flasher who lives next door” during the opening number. Also, Riki Lake who played Tracy in the original appears as a talent scout during the “Miss Hairspray” finale. And, Jerry Stiller who played Tracy’s father in the original plays the owner of Hefty Hideaway.

John Travolta (as Edna Turnblad) and Queen Latifah may have been the big stars, but Nikki Blonsky as Tracy steals the show, and out sings, out dances and out peforms all the big names. Nikki was a singing ice cream scooper at Cold Stone Creamery before she was chosen for this role.

Hairspray may have come in third, but as for musicals it owns the biggest opening weekend in history. Dreamgirls doesn’t come close, nor does Chicago.

Whether it’s inequities of the past as in Hairspray or inequities of the present as in Chuck and Larry, movies that address social issues do well. And history marches on. I’m heading to Cold Stone Creamery.

>Three Things for Monday, and Hairspray!

July 23, 2007

>In no particular order here are three very important happenings today.

First, of course, the meeting of the Bessemer Neighborhood Association is tonight at 7:00. Among other things, we will talk about the animal abuse issue, and we would like as many people there as possible. Even if you don’t live in Bessemer, you should be concerned that a city is sanctioning animal abuse, so you should come out in support. 7:00 at 1829 Dartmouth Avenue.

Of course, you will need to tivo the democratic “youtube debate” on CNN at 6:00 central time. Then you can watch it after the Bessemer meeting.

And by then you should have called your representative in Washington and urged him or her to support impeachment proceedings against Dick Cheney. Today people across the country are being urged to do that…just three more sponsors and Chairman John Conyers says he will begin impeachment proceedings. 202-224-3121 gets you in touch with your representative. Today is the 5th anniversary of the meeting that produced the famed Downing Street Minutes and if you are unfamiliar with this check it out.

Hairspray had a large audience at 2:00 in Hoover, believe it or not. This movie musical about integration in 1960’s Baltimore might be more controversial in Birmingham than Brokeback Mountain was. Of course Brokeback played to crowded movie houses for more than 12 weeks here, and I predict Hairspray will do at least as well.

The biggest surprise was that I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry beat out both Harry Potter and Hairspray over the weekend. I guess too many people stayed home reading the new Harry book…or had already seen the movie since it grossed $139 million the weekend before. I want to hear from people who actually saw Chuck and Larry, because the reviews are awful, but you gotta love Adam Sandler and Kevin James, so yeah, we will got see it, but we aren’t in a big hurry.

The original Hairspray movie from 1988 finds its way to connect to the new production, in the form of John Waters, the writer and director of the original movie, making a cameo appearance as the “flasher who lives next door” during the opening number. Also, Riki Lake who played Tracy in the original appears as a talent scout during the “Miss Hairspray” finale. And, Jerry Stiller who played Tracy’s father in the original plays the owner of Hefty Hideaway.

John Travolta (as Edna Turnblad) and Queen Latifah may have been the big stars, but Nikki Blonsky as Tracy steals the show, and out sings, out dances and out peforms all the big names. Nikki was a singing ice cream scooper at Cold Stone Creamery before she was chosen for this role.

Hairspray may have come in third, but as for musicals it owns the biggest opening weekend in history. Dreamgirls doesn’t come close, nor does Chicago.

Whether it’s inequities of the past as in Hairspray or inequities of the present as in Chuck and Larry, movies that address social issues do well. And history marches on. I’m heading to Cold Stone Creamery.