Friday, April 10, 2015

The absolute and abject humiliation of anti-gay activist Paul Cameron - a lesson for all anti-gay activists

In the 1980s, 90s, and even in the early years of this century, anti-gay activist Paul Cameron was the go-to guy for all sorts of anti-gay "research."

During that time, he was quoted in countless magazines, newspapers, and appeared on quite a few national programs such as Geraldo and Donahue. Even though organizations such as the Family Research Council and the American Family Association, probably knew that he had been discredited and exposed (by organizations such as the American Psychological Association and the American Sociological Association) for his faulty research techniques and wild generalizations about the lgbt community, they still cited his research  or distorted other research in order to justify his negative theories about the lgbt community.

But these days, things are different.Cameron's long record of shoddy work and lies against the lgbt community have made him somewhat of a pariah and a laughing stock.

While "true believers" such as Bryan Fischer, Peter LaBarbera, or Gordon Klingenschmitt have no problem with interviewing him or citing him by name, the more sophisticated anti-gay groups, such as the National Organization for Marriage, avoid him like the proverbial plague that he is.

Not that Cameron minds in any way, shape, or form. He still goes on whatever show will have him while pushing the same nauseatingly homophobic generalizations which made him popular over 30 years ago.

And based upon the above clip above, I mean any show. It is from January of this year on a radio  talk show called The Doghouse with host JV and Elvis.

Naturally with a name like that, no one in their right mind should expect any type of discussion one would hear on NPR. In fact, expect to hear quite the opposite.  It's not a discussion. It is a public verbal execution -  loud, raucous, brutal, and vulgar.

But apparently Cameron doesn't care. As the hosts and callers insult him and call out his homophobia, he takes it all in with a detachment that's not only bizarre but pitifully eerie.  It reminds one of the character Norma Desmond at the end of the motion picture Sunset Boulevard when she wraps herself up in the  fantasy of filming a motion picture in order to escape the negative reality her violent actions have created.

To Cameron, attempting to begin a conversation on the so-called evils of homosexuality while the hosts and callers are making a fool out of him is probably the closest thing to NPR he will ever get.

This show is his motion picture and he readies a close-up, deliberately oblivious to the fact that as he mugs, mud is being thrown at him from all sides.

I don't condone any of the ugliness on this show (and what you hear is simply nasty. JV and Elvis aren't exactly known for being cordial or "politically correct."

But I just want folks to listen to this and take it in. This is the fate of Paul Cameron and it's a hundred times worst than that of Anita Bryant after she smeared the lgbt community in the 70s.

Particularly, present day anti-gay activists such as Peter LaBarbera, Linda Harvey, Bryan Fischer should also listen to this clip and ponder how long will it take before they end up on talk shows like The Doghouse attempting to create a pseudo-intellectual discussions over insults and studio noises:


steevee said...

Wouldn't it be wonderful if Tony Perkins one day gets this treatment, instead of being invited as an honored guest on mainstream cable news TV shows?

John Hedtke said...

I'd like to see the same thing happen to Tony Perkins that happened to Dr. George Rekers.