A right-wing gay writer claimed that he’s more discriminated against as conservative than as a gay man in a Tuesday editorial — and immediately felt Twitter’s wrath.
“Everything I was told to fear about being openly gay has become a reality in being openly conservative,” pundit Chad Felix Greene wrote for the right-wing Federalist website.
Greene noted that after he came out, he used to fantasize about “breaking through the walls of prejudice and somehow speaking to the heart of someone who did not yet realize I was just a person like them.”
He then used the “born this way” argument about his sexuality to describe being conservative.
“Today I look out across the turbulent sea of political discourse and ask, ‘Why would anyone choose to be a conservative?'” Green wrote. “To be a conservative means to openly invite others’ hatred into your life and to lose your humanity in the eyes of strangers who view you exclusively through stereotypes and prejudices.”
Unsurprisingly, lots of folks on Twitter took issue with that argument.
“Remember in the 1980s and early 90s when thousands and thousands of conservatives were dying and pleading for help from a government that treated their lives as completely disposable?” producer and Sally Field progeny Sam Greisman wrote. “Good point, good point.”
So true. Remember in the 1980s and early 90s when thousands and thousands of conservatives were dying and pleading for help from a government that treated their lives as completely disposable? Good point, good point. https://t.co/hqZN5eyuLX
— sam greisman (@SAMGREIS) December 11, 2018
“Y’all forever wanting to play the victim as you victimize & marginalize others,” Democratic gun control advocate Khary Penebaker tweeted.
No. Being a conservative is a choice. Y’all forever wanting to play the victim as you victimize & marginalize others https://t.co/GbPfHdo6G2
— Khary Penebaker, Fx (@kharyp) December 11, 2018
Check out more responses below:
Is refraining from false equivalences the new thinkpiece protocol? Is shutting up the new talking? https://t.co/jtQQiwbQjL
— inorganic african feminist (@ztsamudzi) December 11, 2018
Did conservatives have to fight 4 the right to marry? Have children? Do they get beaten up & murdered 4 their identity? Does the VP want them to pray the conservatism away? Do conservative children kill themselves at an alarming rate bc of how they’re treated at school & home? https://t.co/DgczcPXRhM
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) December 11, 2018
I'll admit, I'm fully against gay conversion therapy but I'd be open to supporting conservative conversion camps https://t.co/IMzY9pcUuu
— Rob Rousseau (@robrousseau) December 12, 2018
"But just as I did not choose to be gay, I did not choose to be conservative. My political evolution happened over time as I came to realize that I valued truth and reason over narrative and emotion." It's such a grift
— Brandon Jonely 🌹 (@Aldowyn) December 11, 2018
The conservative featured in this article's thumbnail doesn't think gay people should be able to get married or have kids. https://t.co/n8Hgxjt20B
— Cody Johnston (@drmistercody) December 11, 2018
Conservatives wanna be oppressed so bad. They really wanna act like hating people and wishing the worst for the world is an identity.
— Danez Smith (@Danez_Smif) December 11, 2018