MSNBC‘s Lawrence O’Donnell has long been trying to get a rise out of Glenn Beck. He regularly devotes segments of his TV show to the Fox News host, and some could even confuse his program for a division of Media Matters. But O‘Donnell’s shots at Beck may have sunk to a new low last night when he mocked Glenn’s sexuality.
During the waning moments of his show’s video opener, O‘Donnell tucked away this little gem regarding Beck’s interview with Rep. Paul Ryan yesterday: “The Republican budget plan softens Glenn Beck’s feelings about gay marriage,” O’Donnell said, before playing a clip of Beck telling Ryan, “I love you,” and Ryan replying, “I love you, too:”
Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher was appalled by what O’Donnell was insinuating:
The problem of stigmatizing gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people is a deadly serious issue that I’ve written about repeatedly. While liberals are generally considered to be more LGBT-friendly than conservatives, at least policy-wise, liberals aren’t automatically above an lgbt-phobic insult. Even with that knowledge, I was shocked by the shot that Lawrence O’Donnell took at Glenn Beck and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), during the intro to Tuesday night’s The Last Word, mocking the pair as gay. [...]
To some, O’Donnell’s crack may seem like nothing more than a juvenile schoolyard insult, which is likely how he intended it, but what he’s doing there is using the implication that Ryan and Beck are gay as an insult. Such stigmatizing behavior contributes to a hostile atmosphere that has resulted in a rash of high-profile suicides, among other things.
I think Christopher is on to something. Not only are O‘Donnell’s comments dripping with hypocrisy, but criticism of one‘s opinions shouldn’t degenerate into a hypothesis of one’s sexuality. And that is why I‘m especially confused as to why Christopher’s employer would publish another article, which essentially does the same thing as O‘Donnell’s segment:
Glenn Beck and Paul Ryan sitting in a tree,K-I-S-S-I-N-G,First comes “I love you,”Then “I love you too,”Then a romantic radio interview!
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