After the 2016 election results caught so many Americans by surprise, newly awakened citizens found themselves treading unfamiliar ground. They were still in America, but now it was “Trump’s America,” and everything seemed upside-down.
Slate on Wednesday captured how it feels to come to grips with things as they stand now. It turns out, for example, that while “gay” was practically synonymous with “good” during the previous administration, Donald Trump had managed to spawn something known as the gay villain, sad proof that just because a guy likes other guys doesn’t mean he’s a good guy.
— Slate (@Slate) June 28, 2017
Why would gay = good in the first place? How does sex orientation determine your quality as a person?
— Zach Kouba (@PartTimeSmart) June 28, 2017
Tell me more, @Slate. I need you! I'm gay for slate!
— The Forever King (@Buttchugula) June 28, 2017
Pictured, of course, is Milo Yiannopoulos, who “helped equate racist, sexist, and xenophobic harassment with acceptable public discourse.” His discourse is so toxic that, despite the fact his speech there was canceled, anti-fascists at Berkeley were compelled to vandalize the campus, break windows, set fires, pepper-spray bystanders, and then march through town, smashing ATMs and spray-painting storefronts … all to protect the public from hearing it.
The other villains of the piece include Caitlyn Jenner and Peter Thiel, the billionaire entrepreneur who founded PayPal but is best known for being gay, apparently.
Re: Peter Thiel "his fame stemmed directly from his sexuality." You're a dishonest, ignorant, hack writer with a narrow world view.
— Brett Ruiz ? (@BrooklynBrett) June 28, 2017
"Peter Thiel's fame stems directly from his homsexuality"
um, sure, Slatehttps://t.co/ofMaNqqpt9
— Welcome to the Oort (@ClarkHat) June 28, 2017
How insulting to Thiel and, for that matter, even Jenner. Both men accomplished more than almost anyone at Slate ever will.
— Judas was paid (@Mediocrecostume) June 28, 2017
It’s just so sad that a handful of Trump-supporting villains had to spoil what so Americans thought had already made America great:
Visible gay villains teach the world that queers aren’t all lovable Ellen DeGenereses, glamorous Laverne Coxes, sharp-witted Anderson Coopers, and goofy Neil Patrick Harrises. Equality means having the freedom and power to be just as fucked up and insufferable as anyone else.
That last paragraph is one of the worst things ever
— Robby Soave (@robbysoave) June 28, 2017
What a dumb article, who thinks all gays are good people? Also Milo and Theil are good people.
— Literally Shaking (@LiteralShaking) June 28, 2017
Peter Thiel is a villain?
— Adso of Melk (@PalimpsestMan) June 28, 2017
Exactly. After his speech @ the convention last year, I said to my wife "I wish this guy were running instead of the turds we're stuck with"
— krittr (@krittr) June 28, 2017
? Alert ? homos off the thought plantation
— WhyNotTrySelfRule? (@cualtemuac) June 28, 2017
Could the gay villains at least make themselves stand out so the public knows who’s good and who’s evil?
"Queer villains" …. "twirls cane then slides down a hand rail" Well I suppose our facade has fallen, boys, get the FAB-Ray!
— Channe Fox (@20Aristotle) June 28, 2017
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‘Called me a House Negro’: Guy Benson tweets about gay Leftist who attacked him over a t-shirt https://t.co/EwPYVRej5s
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 16, 2017