Viktor Kerney

Aaron Schock Gay Rumors: Fact or Fiction?

Filed By Viktor Kerney | January 05, 2014 1:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Aaron Schock, Itay Hod, outing, outing gay politicians, outing hypocrites

aaron-schock-fabulous.pngThis week, reporter Itay Hod wrote a Facebook post somewhat outing Rep. Aaron Schock (right). It is a bit lengthy, but here's an excerpt:

people always say, no one has the right to out anyone. that coming out is a private matter. i disagree. as you can imagine, not a very popular opinion. but bear with me.

here's a hypothetical: what if you know a certain GOP congressman, let's just say from Illinois, is gay... and you know this because one of your friends, a journalist for a reputable network, told you in no uncertain terms that he caught that GOP congressman and his male roommate in the shower... together. now they could have been good friends just trying to conserve water. but there's more. what if this congressman has also been caught by tmz cameras trolling gay bars. now what if you know that this very same guy, the darling of the gop, has also voted against repeal of don't ask don't tell, opposed the repeal of doma, is against gay marriage; and for the federal marriage amendment, which would add language to the us constitution banning gay marriage and would likely strike down every gay rights law and ordinance in the country?

Hmmm, a very interesting bit of information. However, when you look at what's presented here, it's nothing more than a bunch of rumors. Itay provides no concrete evidence or proof of these claims. If anything, it just seems like something you gossip about at the lunch table in high school. If Itay really wanted to make a statement, he should have provided pictures, videos, or something to give some validity to these claims.

For the past two days, I have seen so much glee in this story. I'm not sure why we are so excited about these rumors. If they're true then okay, he's a self-hating gay man. Nothing new, nothing exciting. We've seen this before.

However, what do we gain from this? What's the prize? Does this change anything? To see folks jump to so many conclusions based off of a tacky post about Aaron's Instagram and Gossip Girl-like rumors is a little unsettling to me. Are we so thirsty to expose Aaron that we would accept this kind of hype?

This type of high school drama is truly beneath us. Why are we stereotyping each other? What does that do for the movement or our community?

Trust me, I'm not supporting Aaron at all. If it's true, then we will hold him accountable for his anti-gay voting record. But until there's concrete proof, let's not jump so quickly on the "Burn the witch!" bandwagon.

Itay needs to either put up or shut up, because right now I don't see him as a reporter, I see him as a person trying to put Heather Chandler's red scrunchie in his hair.

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