Marriage equality in Australia: Pie

Today, as part of my ongoing harangue about LBGT rightsthat is unlikely to end before the actual bill is passed and maybe not even then, I’d like to share a great video rant by Jonathan Pie.

This guy does some great videos,and he’s generally harsh but fair. If you’ve missed him before now, his gimmick is that he’s a pretend political correspondent who delivers his proper news lines then “back to the studio”s, before going off on an off-the-air rant about the shit he’s just reported on. It shows a clever contrast between the regurgitated bullshit journalism we’ve become used to, and the actual job of journalists – and how often their hands are tied.

I wanted to copy this here, because it once again very neatly sums up both sides of the Gutless debate: The frustration and anger towards the government and assorted anti-LBGT groups, and the pointlessness of getting enraged and trying to shut down actual discussion of issues – even if you feel they’re so basic that it’s offensive to even think about discussing them.

It’s only through discourse, ultimately, that this sort of progress can be made. And it’s an excellent point about bigotry, and getting its voice out there rather than pushing it underground. Sometimes it’s only when you make the bigots spout their evil, backwards shit out loud that you get them to acknowledge how stupid it is. It’s only when they are given a shot at succeeding that they can be resoundingly politically beaten. It’s only when the nationalistic hate parties get into power that they are proven incapable of actually governing in today’s world.

I’m not sure this is worth the danger in electing them and emboldening their followers, but facts are facts. The bigots are out there, and they’re losing. Because the future is inevitable.

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6 Responses to Marriage equality in Australia: Pie

  1. aaronthepatriot says:

    In somewhat-related counterpoint to getting the stupid bigots to speak out so they can figure out how stupid they are, one of my news shows sent an insider to…let’s call it right-wing bootcamp for college kids…and reported back quite a lot of horrifying things.

    First among them, I’d say, is that several of the attendees not only still support Trump, but are on board for Donald Trump, Jr. as president next, then Eric Trump, basically a monarchy…they even used that term. The insider was 100% convinced these people were serious.

    So. Well I’ll just leave this here.

    • stchucky says:

      And that sort of crazy shit is definitely best brought out into the open to blink like a newt in the harsh light of the modern day, isn’t it?

      • aaronthepatriot says:

        Yeah…this one is easy. I don’t think the idea of “Trump’s entire family is awesome no matter what and should rule over us for generations” is so selfishly tempting as racism and bigotry, so I feel confident we can defeat it in the marketplace of ideas.

        But you made great points about the primal nature of some of the other ideas out there, such as the ones I mentioned….

  2. brknwntr says:

    Awww, your so cute Hatboy. Bigots and anger will win everytime because humanity as a whole is worthless and shitty. It would rather hate than work together and it will always be that way, because hate is a nice broad easy path. (yes, THAT one)

    People can be decent, humanity is a steaming mass of human shaped poo.

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