I know it is not my place to tell Melissa Etheridge when she can and cannot speak, but when she continues to make excuses for Rick Warren's anti-gay bigotry, I have to say to her: shut up and sing.
Here is Melissa's latest bit of political commentary on the Rick Warren controversy from a recent interview with NPR:
Audio and transcript after the jump...
I believe I understand Obama's choice here. I believe that Barack Obama wants to be the President of the entire United States. Pastor Rick Warren reached out to him, brought him into his church during the campaign, which outraged many members of his church. Yet he reaches across and I think this is Obama reaching back and going, 'I think we can disagree on things, yet we can still all move forward. We need to get past our differences.'
"And I just want to make sure that as the liberals and progressives and Democrats or whatever you want to call us are moving into this new time with this new president do not say that they, the evangelicals who say such horrible things about gays, they have to stay over here and we're not going to let them in. That makes us no better than the last administration."
"Just because he [compares gays to incest or polygamy] does not mean I have to not speak to him, or don't ever want to be in his company. We had a crazy experience at the Muslim Public Affairs Council conference...We met, we spoke. He's a fine person...He said he was trying to make the definition of marriage not change, not necessarily saying that gays are pedophiles or any of that stuff. One can draw whatever they want from that. This is what he told me.
I know that we ask that famous LGBT come out of the closet, but we should also ask that if they speak publicly about issues that effect our lives that they work with political organizations on messaging. Have gay celebs like Melissa Etheridge making excuses for anti-gay leaders like Rick Warren does us no good.
Celebrities get handed a bigger microphone by virtue of being famous and with access to that bigger microphone should comes a greater responsibility to say things that are going to help, not hinder the LGBT movement.
h/t Good as You