In the spirit of not writing about how much homework I've had to do, and studying I've had to do, I've decided to pick a decidedly awesome and heated topic to write about: Clay Gay-kin! Let me start by saying I am not a fan of Clay Aiken. For no other reason than I've never really listened to his music, and I never watched him on American Idol. I don't watch American Idol and never have. I think it helps that I don't have a television. What this means is that I know very little about the man, other than that he's had quite a successful career even though he never actually won.
Even still, my first reaction to hearing that he's finally come out was to curl up and take a nap. Aside from being the antithesis of breaking news, I really couldn't care less. Of course, I watched his interview on Good Morning America, and I have to say that Clay is extremely well spoken.
Hilarity ensues, however, when the crazies who followed Clay heard the official news and decided to denounce poor Clay of his Born-Again Christian status. (Before I go further, I'd like to point out that the crazies I mentioned are extremists, and therefore are totally asking for this; I have friends of a huge variety of faiths and I love and respect them all.)
Just for shits and giggles, I thought it would be fun to see what sort of reactions people had to Clay, in the blogosphere and elsewhere, and I was not disappointed. Naturally, gay bloggers are all over it. And, of course, there are also the bloggers who are forever pointing out the fact that, even though they're not themselves gay, they're obsessed with us gays.
I came across this post tonight, and what gold! There's all sorts of categories that speak of abomination, end times, darkness, and posts with catchy titles like "Ray Boltz Should Burn in Hell!!!" The Clay post itself really wasn't terribly interesting, especially when compared to the comment thread, which at one point featured the following gem from "Eli":
Gossiping or breaking the speed limit or lusting, or coveting or even telling someone they are “sick” is not called an ABOMINATION in God’s word, homosexuality is. Demon possessed? NOW who’s being self-righteous, hmmm? CLearly it’s you who has no clue what the Gospel is. Makes me wonder are you gay, otherwise why would you get so fired up.
I love how Eli's idea of debating is to suddenly accuse the previous commenter (who inspired Eli's diatribe) of being gay. Way to go, Eli. Clearly, anyone who actually offers an open-minded comment is obviously gay. And I guess, even though Clay simply came out about his sexuality, he's still a huge sinner despite doing nothing other than trying to live and let live. In conclusion, and in the spirit of being judgmental, I'm going to go ahead and assume that Eli must habitually pick his nose in public.