Amanda Marcotte: Why The Same Rules That Apply To Ann Coulter , Don’t Apply To Liberals

Boy, did the Edwards campaign miss out when Amanda Marcotte quit in a huff after catching flack for her anti-Christian rants. Here’s her defense of the word “f*ggot” being used by her fellow ex-Edwards blogger at Shakespeare’s Sister, something I pointed out earlier in the week:

But Shakes’ quote is the best illustration that right-wingers are congenitally unable to consider context under any circumstances:

Oh, and by the way, my favorite rationale for this decision [to study the Bible in public school]?

“How can students understand Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’ … if they don’t understand the reference from which they came?” Johnson said.

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Uh, you know, Mike–I’m not so sure it’s a good idea for students to be studying that f*ggot anyway. You have a thing or two to learn from Alabama, it seems.

That, my friends, is what’s known as sarcasm. What is offensive about a word is the sense in which it’s used.

Actually, I take it all back: Shakes was using the word to highlight how much conservatives hate gay people. Ann Coulter was using the word to highlight how much conservatives hate gay people. I guess there’s no difference in usage at all.

See? Shakespeare’s Sister was being sarcastic…ehr, as if Coulter wasn’t? Moreover, Ann Coulter was showing how much, “conservatives hate gay people,” by using the word f*ggot, but when Shakespeare’s Sister used the same word, also in a sarcastic context, it doesn’t show that liberals hate gay people…because she’s a liberal.

After reading this post at Pandagon, the Edwards campaign is probably sending William Donahue a thank-you card for sparing them from seeing this sort of stupidity on their blog for the rest of the year.

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