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7.19.2004

Schwarzenegger calls California Democrats "girlie men" 

And of course, some people are reacting in a rather hostile manner.

The term "girlie man", of course, was not invented by Schwarzenegger; it was invented by Saturday Night Live in the Hans and Franz skit lampooning Schwarzenegger. It seems like the Governator was engaging in a bit of self-parody-parody. (If Arnold had called these politicians "queer" or "gay", I'd understand the outrage.)

That reminds me -- "homophobia" is a term that is clearly inadequate to describe people's opinions about homosexuality and homosexuals. There are people who are frightened by homosexuality, people who think homosexuality is an abomination, and people who make fun of homosexuality. These three categories are not the same.

And just for the heck of it, The Simpsons also ran an episode in which the following exchange took place:


Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen, it's "Up Late with McBain". I'm your announcer, Corporal Obergruppenfuehrer Wolfcastle. And heeere's McBain!
McBain: Ja, thank you, ja, that's nice. Let's say hello to my music guy, Skoey. [Skoey bows] That is some outfit, Skoey. It makes you look like a homosexual.
[Audience boos]
Whoa, maybe you all are homosexuals too!
Bart: This is horrible.
Lisa: The FOX network has sunk to a new low.

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