As Twitchy reported recently, The Washington Post published a puff piece profiling 2020 Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg’s spouse, Chasten, who actually came across as kind of boring. And to a lot of liberals, that’s proving problematic. You see, Chasten and Pete are gay, but are they the right kind of gay?

Slate noted that Buttigieg is white, male, upper-class, Midwestern, married, Ivy League–educated, and a man of faith. But did he ever experience true oppression as a gay man? The Outline published a similar piece under the headline, “Why Pete Buttigieg is bad for gays: Mayor Pete might be the most palatable gay man in America. That’s precisely the problem.” Buttigieg is “a veteran, a Christian, and a fierce, married monogamist.” The guy doesn’t even go to clubs and hook up. That’s not the gay man we want in the White House.

So here we are again, with TIME magazine putting Pete and Chasten Buttigieg on the cover under the banner, “First Family.”

Doesn’t that photo remind you of the classic painting “American Gothic”? Over at the Los Angeles Review of Books, Greta LaFleur notes that the cover looks like a Norman Rockwell painting, and it’s so … white. She writes:

To be clear, I have no intention of relegating “family” to the realm of the heterosexual or the straight, for a number of reasons that reflect things like the fact that most queer people have strong ties to family, given and/or chosen. What I am saying is that the unmistakable heraldry of “FIRST FAMILY,” alongside the rest of the photograph — the tulips; the Chinos; the notably charming but insistently generic porch; the awkwardly minimal touching that invokes the most uncomfortable, unfamiliar, culturally-heterosexual embrace any of us have ever received — offers a vision of heterosexuality without straight people.

Yeah, Buttigieg’s gay, but … he’s kind of straight when you think about it. Right?

The hot takes from progressives on Buttigieg’s gayness and if it’s authentic are bizarre — and yet the writer of each one is convinced conservatives will be the ones who’ll have a problem with a gay president.


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