Alex Blaze

Kill gays, make sure they don't reproduce

Filed By Alex Blaze | December 30, 2010 7:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: BBC, david furnish, Elton John, England, homophobic behavior, stephen green, Uganda, uk, violence

"This isn‚'t just a designer baby for Sir Elton John, this is a designer accessory‚ [cut] Now it seems like money can buy him anything, and so he has entered into this peculiar arrangement‚[cut] The baby is a product of it. A baby needs a mother and it seems an act of pure selfishness to deprive a baby of a mother."

--British homophobe Stephen Green, quoted in the BBC after previously calling for the death penalty for gays

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If it really came down to the imposition of a death penalty in Uganda (which is unlikely given the United Nations latest resolution barring executions on the basis of sexual orientation), gay people could simply claim to be bisexual or pansexual and then the law wouldn't apply.

It also brings into question, what constitutes "gay sex". Is it fellatio? Is it anal penetration? Is it mutual masturbation? Are straight couples also committing sodomy if implicated by these acts? And, of course, why would bisexual, pansexual, and other altersexual people be exempt from such a cruel and unusual punishment? Supposedly, fetishism, exhibitionism, voyeurism, etc. are not commensurate with the vileness of homosexuality in the Lord's eyes? That is a relief to know.


The BBC,which seems to (still) be trying to figure out its identity in a post-British Empire world where it is no longer the word of god, may have contacted Greene in an attempt to fan the flames of controversy - and incite more viewership.

That being said: yes, Greene's statements are problematic given their source. But that should not stop us from continuing to critically consider that, for many gays and celebrities (gay or straight), adoption is in fact a question of designer babies and is often, as in the cases of Angelina Jolie and Madonna, mired in an extremely troubling new imperialism where babies are the new currency and cachet.

I'd hope that the queer community continues to criticise Greene even as it also critically questions its own hitherto uncritically adopted assumption that gays and lesbians are doing babies a favour by being part of the more worrisome parts of the adoption/surrogacy business.

And, sigh, that should be "Green," not "Greene."