Conservative groups were incensed by the massive marriage ceremony performed at the Grammy’s last night.
The headline at The Drudge Report this morning spoke of “THE GAYMMYS,” and Twitter was overrun with people discussing the ceremony officiated by Queen Latifah during Macklemore’s performance of the same-sex marriage anthem “Same Love.”
At the conservative site Free Republic, a commenter who confessed to “see[ing] gays at the store” complained about how “[t]hey take every venue, every event, and have to gay it.” Another prayed that “the hands of the demented who applauded this sickeness rot off at their limp wrists.”
Those on the left generally applauded the ceremony. Hemant Mehta, the Friendly Atheist, tweeted:
Gay couples just got mass-married and now robots are embracing each other. All those conservatives' nightmares have come true. #GRAMMYs
— Hemant Mehta (@hemantmehta) January 27, 2014
There was, however, some legitimate criticism. While there were many gay marriages on stage, there was very little gay kissing:
And yes – confirmed – CBS cut from any gay kissing. Sigh. #GRAMMYs
— gregoryellwood (@HitFixGregory) January 27, 2014
And straight allies were reminded that gay marriage isn’t “the end-all/be-all” of LGBT issues:
Macklemore and other straight "allies" need to understand that gay marriage isn't the end-all/be-all of queer rights and identity. #GRAMMYs
— Bhaswati Chattopadhy (@BhaswatiChat) January 27, 2014
But for the most part, conservatives felt like the aggrieved party both during and after the Grammy Awards, especially after learning that former NBA player Jason Collins, who came out last year, would be sitting next to Michelle Obama during the State of the Union address tomorrow.
“Every event in American has to be centered on homosexuality,” they complained. “The Russians” – whose strict anti-LGBT laws have come under international fire in the run-up tot he Sochi Winter Olympics – “might be civilization’s only hope.”
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