Pam posted yesterday about Dr. Firpo Carr's crazy homophobic column in the LA Sentinel, Los Angeles's African American paper. Jim Burroway gave him his Peter LaBarbara Award for his outrageousness, and Jasmyne Cannick gave him her "Negro Please" Award. Accolades all around.
Well, Carr responded to Jasmyne:
Above a photo of me lifted from my Web site (www.firpocarr.com) that has been defaced with horns you write: "This Week's Negro Please Award Goes to the Man Who Said 'God Pays Gays With AIDS.'" As professionals, one would think we could disagree without being disagreeable. Actually, you've misrepresented me and my article. The real title of my article is in the form of a question, namely, "God Pays Gays With AIDS?" It should be obvious that it is not a definitive statement. Have you falsely misrepresented me for dramatic purposes? In both this article and the previous one I wrote, "Why Blacks Don't Like Gays" (November 20-26, 2008) I nowhere state unequivocally that God has punished gays with AIDS.
Yup, the question-mark defense. Hence the title of this post. I'm not saying unequivocally that Dr. Carr masturbates dogs, but I don't really have enough evidence to rule it out. You all can decide for yourselves if Dr. Carr likes to get dogs off.
Since you followed this post over the jump, you might be wondering, Where are Alex's pictures of Dr. Carr masturbating a dog? Now, I don't know if you are wondering that, but you definitely might be wondering that, and that's all I claimed in the previous sentence. And if you are wondering that, then you're a pervert.
Now, if we're going to go even further with this analogy, let's look at this sentence from the column:
Aside from HIV/AIDS there is a laundry list of "gay" (and later "lesbian") diseases that most don't know about, and that the Sodomites, et al probably had.
To write a parallel sentence for my blog post, it would look something like this:
Aside from dogs there is a laundry list of "Carr-masturbated" (and later "Dobsonian") animals that most don't know about, and that the homophobic fundie preachers, et al probably fondled.
I wouldn't want to imply that I had any sort of proof here that Dr. Firpo Carr masturbates dogs. But, under his standards, I can write that sentence and it doesn't imply that I actually mean it. It's a rhetorical exercise, I suppose.
One other thing we learn about Dr. Carr is that his late sister and his daughter are both out lesbians. I wonder if that has anything to do with his extremism?
The point here isn't that Dr. Carr is a homophobe. He clearly is. The real point is that he's a dishonest homophobe, printing lies about GLB people, and a cowardly homophobe, who can't even defend his own accusations when pressed on them by others. If he wasn't willing to defend the claim that God punishes gays with AIDS, then he shouldn't have used it as a title, question mark or no question mark.
And I hope this doesn't reflect on the LA Sentinel's journalistic integrity. A column like this is more appropriate (though still not appropriate) in a Michael Savage radio rant, WorldNetDaily, or the NY Post, not a respectable newspaper.
The last, unrelated point is that I'm going to see if this post gets lots of Google traffic, what with the title and the repetition of the phrase "dog masturbator." It's not you who I think is a pervert, but the next person reading this blog post.