I already had a lot of respect for Sandra Fluke, given how gracefully she's handled some of the most vile attacks the right-wing has to offer. Unbowed and unbothered by it all, she's provided a pretty good example for anyone else who finds themselves in conservatives' crosshairs.
My level of respect only increased when I read Fluke's response to a FOX News twit's tweet in response to news of Fluke's recent engagement.
"I'm not going to let this kind of thing get to me personally," Fluke said during an appearance on MSNBC's "The Ed Show." "What really bothers me about it [is] the blatant homophobia in the comment, and the idea that that is an acceptable thing to say publicly."
Crowley caused a stir on Thursday when she responded to the news of Fluke getting engaged to her longtime boyfriend by tweeting, "To a man?"
During the MSNBC interview, Fluke said she was most disturbed that Crowley intended the tweet as an insulting joke.
"I don't want an apology from anyone personally," Fluke said. "I think it is possible she owes an apology to the LGBTQ community, because I am not offended to be asked whether or not I'm with a woman. It's not offensive to me to be gay, but it was clearly meant as an insult."
OK. So, in one statement Fluke defuses Crowley's attempted insult by pointing out that it's not insulting or offensive to her if someone thinks she's gay, then she turns it around by making the point that what's offensive is not Crowley's insinuation that Fluke might be a lesbian but that Crowley intended it to be an insult.
When I grow up, I wanna be cool like Sandra Fluke.