Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Are lgbt groups going to be next on right-wing entrapment tour?

Today we have just learned that Planned Parenthood nearly became the victims of an entrapment launched by the same bunch of right-wing activist who brought down the community group ACORN.

Apparently the method of sending someone in talking about prostitution and underaged sex on heavily edited tapes didn't work this time.

However that didn't seem to stop religious right groups from trying to salvage something out of the debacle by attacking Planned Parenthood even after the phony sting exploded in the face of its creators.

And don't think this embarrassment will stop some right-wing activists from targeting lgbt groups, either.

It isn't paranoia nor is it farfetched to think that someone will be sooner or later be visiting lgbt centers - preferably ones dealing lgbt youth - and attempt to entrap workers and volunteers much like they tried with Planned Parenthood and ACORN.

And we can count on this nonsense being filmed for tapes which will later be heavily edited.

And I am also sure that we can count on religious right groups like the Family Research Council, religious right spokespeople like Peter LaBarbera, and right-leaning Congressional leaders such as Steve King or Michele Bachmann to conveniently denounce said footage and demand action before an investigation can take place. An investigation, mind you, which will most likely lead to the discovery that the tapes have been doctored and the evidence against targeted groups is faulty at best.

My suggestion would be for Planned Parenthood and law enforcement officials to see if they can prosecute these people to the fullest extent of the law.

And for lgbt groups to watch their backs. We know those on the other side of the spectrum sometimes don't play fair.

And now we know that they don't care who is aware of this fact.

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Republican leaders embrace virulent homophobe and other Tuesday midday news briefs

Ted Haggard's Awkward Family Photo - John Amos on Good Times said it best - LORD HAMMERCY!

Republican Leaders Continue To Embrace Bryan Fischer - Make no mistake about it. If Fischer had been as vocally racist as he is homophobic, these folks wouldn't touch him. I guess some feel that it's "Christian" to demonize lgbts.

White Conservatives Using Abortion as Wedge Issue for Black Voters - JUST like they did with marriage equality.

Marines Vow to 'Step Out Smartly' on Repeal of Military Gay Ban - One of the many reasons why I respect the Marines.

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Family Research Council now lying about the box office success of lgbt movies

The motion picture awards season is upon us and naturally those who take such an interest in such things are highly interested in who will win the lion's share of honors.

Not so for Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council. To him, it's all about standing against the so-called conspiracy to "recruit" into Americans into debauchery.

And he is now claiming that the box office is on his side in this matter:

The president of the Family Research Council says Hollywood's biggest flop may be its own ticket sales.

In a recent FRC podcast, Tony Perkins points out that people are not going to as many movies these days -- and who can blame them, he asks.

"As far as Hollywood is concerned, it's not art if it doesn't offend," he opines. "The biggest winners in last week's Golden Globe Awards were shows like Black Swan, Glee, and The Kids Are All Right -- and their whole purpose is pushing a liberal political agenda."

Perkins says while that may be how producers define success, box-office figures indicate clearly that audiences see things differently. "The Kids Are All Right, which is the story of two lesbians raising a family, came in 113th in ticket sales," he notes. "Toy Story 3, last year's box-office winner, made 21 times more money than Kids did."

The first inclination of course is to tell Perkins to chill out because these are only movies - except for Glee, which is a television show - but far be it from me to point out yet again how deceptive Perkins is being.

Perkins is accurate about Toy Story 3. It was last year's box office champ and did make a lot of money.  According to Box Office Mojo, the exact domestic total was $415,004,880 from a budget of $200 million. Its worldwide gross is $1,063,161,943

On its opening weekend in June - during the summer box office season, it was shown in over 4,000 theaters. Furthermore, Toy Story 3 was a continuation of a highly successful movie series - i.e. Toy Story and Toy Story 2.

And I haven't even begun talking about its promotion.

By contrast The Kid Are Alright was a movie which has made worldwide total $29,365,490 on a budget of $4 million. It was given limited release on July 9, opening at seven theatres. During its time at the box office, the most theatres it was ever played at was 994.

In terms of hype and promotion, comparing it to Toy Story 3 is like comparing apples and oranges.

But since Perkins and the Family Research Council have lied about so many other things, why should anyone be surprised about how unashamedly they lie about this issue?

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