I wandered around the internet for several hours tonight looking at the fallout from Phil Robertson’s comments. It was interesting. I perused hundreds of tweets and Facebook comments, more than 50 blog posts on all sides of the issue, and my favorite, several hundred comments and replies to them all. I was told that Phil said some “anti-gay stuff”. And that he was a bigot. And stuff.
In all the posts I read, I didn’t come across a single member of the gay community – or any LGBT member for that matter – that mentioned being offended. There was a lot of – equally offensive – talk about being a “redneck”, “backwoods” is a popular one, “asshole”, “moron”, “dumbfuck” was a surprisingly popular one too. But for being a “‘homophobic’ rant” I didn’t see a single “this offends me”, “I’m offended”, “I loved Phil till now…” et al. Granted, I’m sure there are some out there, but for being so inflammatory, I at least couldn’t find a single one.
America doesn’t have a problem with Phil’s remarks. America has a problem with Phil’s masculinity.