Monday, July 19, 2004

Girlie Men Prove Why They Are Girlie Men
It's easy. If someone calls you a "girlie man" and you whine about it, you are a "girlie man". Spin it anyway you want. It's not about your sexual preference - it's about your attitude.
Sexist? Maybe.  Homophobic? Nope.  Apologize? Are you really that sensitive?


At 8:52 AM, Blogger Charles Wilhelm said...

I was shocked (or maybe I wasn't) at how this remark was immediately latched onto and branded as homophobic. What the hell?? I remember watching the original SNL skits from which this term sprang, including one VERY funny one in which Ah-nuld and Danny DeVito costarred, and I NEVER took it to be a gay reference. I always took it to mean less of a man, a wimp, a man acting as a woman, but never a homosexual. Is it a "Politically Correct" term? Hell no. It is sexist as they come. But as you said, Joel, it's definitely not about sexual preference, at least not in my opinion.

At 11:32 AM, Blogger Brian said...

I don't see how anyone could interpret that remark as homophobic. Arnold was obviously being playful and making an attempt at humor. His larger point was that the legislators in question were not meeting their responsibilities and not standing up to those who fund their campaigns.

If their feelings are all that sensitive they are in the wrong business. As someone once said, "politics ain't beanbag".

At 12:18 PM, Blogger Joel Gaines said...

"Polytics ain't bean bag": the twentieth-century Irish-American political novel. (Irish-American Literature)

MELUS; March 22, 1993; Rhodes, Robert E.


At 9:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again, the public is concentrating on the wrong angle. Who gives a crap about HOW Arnie got the message accross. How about looking at the message he was trying to convey? For the record, I agree with him, and Joel. :)

At 9:56 PM, Blogger veggiedude said...

The Democrats took the wrong approach. They are being very stupid. They should see the humour in it, and just have fun with Arnold, and just simply start calling him "Horny Man".

If he can dish it out, he certain can be able to take it.

At 10:58 PM, Blogger Joel Gaines said...


Right on.

Ahhnold should not have a problem with and probably would enjoy an unorthodox exchange of ideas, as it were. It seems people are screaming about an irrelevance to detract from their not addressing the issue at hand. Who knows? I took it from the clip that I saw that he was just playing the crowd - there didn't really seem to be a specific point.


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