HAWAII COACH TOTALLY F*GGED OUT:
FOOTBALL IDIOT INSULTS ALL GAYS
AND THE NAME OF HIS TEAM: THE RAINBOWS
Actually, It Was The "Rainbow Warriors," But They Changed It Because It Sounded "Too Gay"
*In reaction to this news story:
Here in Hawaii, we have a long history of coaches behaving badly. One took his HS team out for strippers & hookers in Vegas after a big win. All under age. Another one totaled his car on the freeway, completely whacked out, and never got a ticket. They're just that special.
Polynesians have a long history of acceptance of third & fourth-sexers, or males who choose to live as females and females who chose to live as males, way before reassignment surgery was a possibility. They're called mahu's, which is now a pejorative applied to all gays, though it used to be just another gender label. "Mahu's" themselves are very much a part of "Local" life today here in the Aloha State. Everybody has a "mahu" Auntie or cousin. The modern attitudes are a bit schizophrenic toward them, part tolerant traditional Polynesian and part Western "Christian" homophobic. It doesn't help that we have a whole political family demonizing gays in general. And they're closet-Hare Krishna's. You'd think they'd understand the need for tolerance, but they're at war against it. It's an interesting place, Hawaii. Sometimes.
The worst of it is, they were allowed to switch from Rep to Dem, despite all their homophobic BS. The local Dems really are schizy. They claimed to be pro-gay marriage, and then they stifled the new law with procedural horseshit.
I suspect it has to do with fund-raising. Like the pot issue, most people say, "Who cares? Legalize it." But the pol's seem to fear doing it anyway. It can only be money that causes that. Rich old families don't ever want anything to change. Why would they? And new money just enjoys the thrill of abusing power to f**k with the powerless. In terms of real nitty-gritty politics, gays are not well organized here. Simply being in the right isn't enough. You have to have leverage, like powerful supporters, which Hawaii gays evidently do not. Not enough, anyway.
*In response to this comment:
Filipinos in Hawaii probably have the most cross-dressing kids. I don't know what their status is, but unlike the comparatively homey & conservative Polynesian mahu's, the TV/TS/TG Filipina's cruise turista & military bars as females, livening up the local scene. Yet they live with their big extended families out in the 'burbs, exactly how I don't know.
As to religion, I think the small but mighty local Mormon church has a lot more to do with the strictures against gambling, gay marriage, pot, etc. The Filipino's really don't have anywhere near the clout in proportion to their numbers as the Mormons do here in Hawaii.
Until the dominant local Japanese are finally outnumbered by the Fil-Ams, they will be the ones calling the shots, and they are mostly not Catholic or Mormon, but Protestants and Buddhists. So, if you want to slice & dice local politics religiously, try a Ginzu knife.
*In reply to this comment:
As to The Next Generation, maybe it's just the kids who are out & about that one sees, but it seems there is a fair number of gay kids, in addition to the Local Honda-racers and the hoochie-mamma's. I think the gay kids own the local Starbucks franchise. No idea what their home lives or interactions with straight kids are like. The older generation, I'd have to agree that those who are "out" tend to be white and from the Mainland. But even they stick close to a pretty small area: A couple of bars in Waikiki. The scene is pretty anemic since they bulldozed Hamburger Mary's, once the center of local nightlife, along with Hernando's, Pink Cadillac & The Wave, all gone. Nightlife here has never been the same.
*In response to this personal anecdote:
Yeah. Ya gotta wonder...
Where does a 10-yr-old kid even pick up words like "dyke"? His mom? My parents never used any sort of slurs, other than good old-fashioned Anglo-Saxonisms. I was always kind of shocked as a kid when I did hear them. I don't recall ever hearing any anti-gay slurs anywhere until maybe junior high school, when the word "queer" came into limited use. I don't think most of the kids knew what it meant.
Of course, now we have the Internets, and, even worse, "conservatives" screaming about oral and anal sex on the freakin' news and all their horrible talk-radio shows. I could almost side with Tipper Gore on this one: But leave the record labels (etc.) alone, just tell those bloody vulgar Repukelickin's that KIDS ARE LISTENING!!! They really don't need to hear all this sexual stuff at age six or eight.
On the other hand, they're amazingly knowledgeable and blase about stuff I didn't even hear about until I was an adult. We've gone from virginal bobby-soxers to the hook-up generation in half a lifetime without all that much of a fuss these days, after the initial upheavals for sexual freedom in the 50's, 60's & 70's.
You'd think that the kids coming up would be pretty gay-friendly by now, but there is all this "mildly" negative stuff in the entertainment media that sort of nets out to "gay is not quite kewl." In fact it seems to be a synonym for unkewl. I blame so-called liberal writers & producer/ directors going for the cheap laugh and trying to be hip, even openly gay creators. If there were more movies about real people who happened to be gay and acted like movie heroes, it might help.
It took years of Hollywood pounding away at positive Irish, Catholic, Jewish, Italian, black and Latino stereotypes to help make expressions of prejudice against those groups unkewl. I suppose it'll take longer for gays because even successful "out" writers present negative gay stereotypes in the movies & shows. It's kinda like a movie featuring "Jew jokes" or seriously Steppin Fetchit characters in this day & age. But the creative types don't seem to realize that.
And, of course, these phony-macho sports a-holes don't help. Now THERE'S a sick culture.
PAM's HOUSE BLEND
"Weekend This & That: Open Thread"
' University of Hawaii football coach Greg McMackin drew sharp criticism for using a gay slur repeatedly during a Western Athletic Conference media day Thursday in Salt Lake City. The WAC football coaches are in Utah for the football season preview. McMackin was referring to last season's Hawaii Bowl when he said Notre Dame University's team did a "little f-----t dance" for Hawaii. That was during the banquet the night before the game when UH Warriors performed their haka. '
**MORAL FAILINGS AND OTHER ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIORS
"On the word "dyke" and stupid mothers"
What's in a name? A fat lip?
' I had placed my order and was waiting for it when a mother with two children came in; the little girl looked around 4, the boy around 9. They were talking, laughing, doing what kids do when they are about to get Jamba. I saw the little girl point at me and heard her say, "Mommy, why is that lady wearing boy's shorts?" Her brother piped up with, "Cause she's a dyke." '
(cross-posted at CoffeeHouseStudio by cosanostradamus)
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