Alex Blaze

AP: Larry King to blame for his own death

Filed By Alex Blaze | March 31, 2008 4:34 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Larry King, McInerney, Oxnard Middle School

Because apparently getting shot isn't bad enough, the world needs to know that it's Larry King's own fault (from the AP):

Larry King was a gay eighth-grader who used to come to school in makeup, high heels and earrings. And when the other boys made fun of him, he would boldly tease them right back by flirting with them.

That may have been what got him killed.

This is following an Advocate story along similar lines from last week.

It continues:

Police would not discuss McInerney's motive. But the day before the shooting, King told McInerney he liked him, eighth-grader Eduardo Segure told the Ventura County Star.

If King had flirted with the other boy, "that can be very threatening to someone's ego and their sense of identity," said Jaana Juvonen, a psychology professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Putting that quotation right there after the part about King's getting shot, implying that the motive was that King threatened McInerney's "ego and sense of identity," that's putting the value of the latter's fragile ego above the former's life.

Then come a couple you-know-why-these-details-are-supposed-to-be-important:

He also said that King was free to wear women's accessories with his uniform of white shirt and dark pants because the dress code prohibits only those items that could be a safety threat, such as steel-toed shoes.

"If girls are wearing jewelry, you can't stop boys from wearing it, too," he said. "Each gender has the right to wear what the other does."[...]

King and his mother crocheted hundreds of scarves that were shipped to U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. The avid singer planned to belt out the national anthem at his brother's opening-day baseball game this spring.

The point isn't whether or not McInerney had a right to kill King; it's whether King had a right to present as feminine.

The article does discuss harassment of queer teens in school and this specific school's policy regarding harassment. It's something, but what about discussing McInerney's actions as his own actions instead of merely the expected response to King's? Because King's femminess isn't what got him killed any more than women who dress "provocatively" are asking to be raped.

I'm still waiting to read the article that says that McInerney's participation in JROTC is what got King killed. If we're going to start pointing the finger around at the nearest and easiest targets instead of questioning the gender policing and systemic homophobia that led to the shooting, I don't see why JROTC's getting off the hook so easily.

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I have to say I hadn't really thought of the JROTC issue. That is very interesting and likely a source of anti-gay sentiment in McInerney's life.

The coverage of King has been horrendous and this is but the latest example of blaming the victim instead of looking at the actual in-depth issues that contributed to this.

"Because King's femminess isn't what got him killed any more than women who dress "provocatively" are asking to be raped."

EXACTLY! And doubly so for your quip about JROTC.

By the AP's (and the Advocate's) logic, women and girls should not leave their homes, because they could get raped. But wait. . . what about the women and girls who are raped by a family member. I guess they are to blame for that, too.

Frankly, articles like the one in Advocate just prove that it is the magazine editors fault when we pull the Advocate off the news stands, tear them into shreds and tell them to go fuck themselves.

How does that article jibe with the name of the magazine or with the history of the publication??

Why don't they change the name of the magazine to Assholes. It would be more fitting.

I wonder if GLAAD will effectively address this issue. Who knows, perhaps their itinerary could be all filled up with more significant activities such as holding pointless awards ceremonies and giving out such awards to people just for having a gay brother/sister.

Good, I was hoping that the comparison wasn't ridiculous, Serena.

I hope that we can move this discussion beyond just blaming someone and try to look for solutions. But it appears that the media, as always, isn't willing to play that game.

But that's why there are bloggers.

Bloggers, however, have quite a limited reach in comparison to the mainstream media, particularly LGBT ones.

A blog like Bilerico is more likely a source of news and discussion for LGBTs than it is a source of enlightenment for the public; the people we would like to reach are not the ones reading this blog.

Welcome to the transexuals world.

Transwomen are always being blamed for getting themselves beat up or killed. The "tranny panic" defence is in every attorneys arsenal. That is why the killers of Gwen Arujo only got 6 years for the brutal torture death of her.

No matter what has gone on in the last century, it is still a man's world. They still make the rules and control the attitudes with which society operates. There are men who still believe that if a woman is dressed provocatively she is asking for it. If she comes to his room in a hotel, well she gets what she deserves.

Just ask Kobe Bryant.

Lucrece - I got an email from a GLAAD staffer about this and he says he's working with the AP on a solution now.

Indeed, diddly.

I can't help but relate this to last week's bail-out of Bear Sterns and the Treasury's statement today that they're going to bait-out large finance operations who take risks but never individuals who take risks. It's the same principle of blaming the victim and seeing fault in what people with less power do.

Or at least I see a connection there. Maybe I'm just crazy.

You are not crazy, same princible, different application. The economic "bigboys" taking care of their own, and screw everyone else. If you have an MBA from an ivy league school, and work on Wall street, well that is a 'get out of jail free' card for life. They can take all the risks they want, their buds will take care of them if they get burned.

But for some slob factory worker who was talked into buying more house than he could afford by some slimy mortgage banker, well that is different.

"Lucrece - I got an email from a GLAAD staffer about this and he says he's working with the AP on a solution now."

Might that involve demanding that the Advocate hire some (more? assuming it has any) transsexuals?

more so, welcome to the world of women! women have always been victim blamed.

Just because some unstable person (adult, child, gay, str8, whomever) chooses to react inappropriately in response to something they do not like (ie:gays, transgenders, people of color, the mentally ill, or any number of other transgressions that the bible beaters want to convince you will ruin "their lives", does not mean the victim has fault.

NO ONE can make another do something against their will. The killers, the abusers, the haters, make a choice to respond the way they do!!!

Right on once again, Alex.

the queer movement and the feminist movement are the same movement. I'ts the same attacks, the same notions of gender normativity that they use against us. And the same "subtle" threat of violence.

I just can't believe that the Advocate printed this. What's their slogan? Out and... proud really terrified of ever making something that could be interpreted as an advance on a straight man.

Thanks for letting me know, Alex; I'll make sure to follow this closely.

battybattybats battybattybats | March 31, 2008 10:33 PM

Dreadful, truly dreadful.

Oh and diddlygrl, alas I've heard more women saying provocaticvely dressed women who had been raped were asking for it that I've ever heard from men!

diddlygrl | April 1, 2008 1:01 AM


When I was younger, being part of the "guys club" I heard and saw the attitude of "blaming the victim" from men often. In almost every case of rape, the first thing they would say is, "she must have done something to bring it on.".

Some guys seem to feel they should not be held responsible for their own overactive libido.