Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

The non-heteronormative lunatics have taken over the asylum

It is impossible to tell what Jada Pinkett Smith said during a Culture Rhythms show at Harvard, but as this rather incoherently written article makes clear, she pushed a lot of non-heteronormative buttons. She therefore needs to be subject to Orwellian reprogramming, so that she no longer thinks that a male/female relationship is the cultural standard in America:

Students said that some of Pinkett Smith’s remarks concerning appropriate gender roles were specific to heterosexual relationships. In a press release circulated yesterday by the BGLTSA [Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, and Supporters Alliance] —and developed in coordination with the Foundation—the BGLTSA called for an apology from the Foundation and encouraged future discussion of the issue. *** BGLTSA Co-Chair Jordan B. Woods ’06 said that, while many BGLTSA members thought Pinkett Smith’s speech was “motivational,” some were insulted because they thought she narrowly defined the roles of men and women in relationships. “Some of the content was extremely heteronormative, and made BGLTSA members feel uncomfortable,” he said. Calling the comments heteronormative, according to Woods, means they implied that standard sexual relationships are only between males and females. *** “I think the comments had a very strong focus for an extended period of time on how to effectively be in a relationship—a heterosexual relationship,” [Margaret C. D. Barusch ’06, the other BGLTSA co-chair] said. “I don’t think she meant to be offensive but I just don’t think she was that thoughtful.”
Is it me, or is there something not only incredibly peculiar about this entire kerfuffle, but also about the fact that the Harvard Crimson, the official paper for what used to be one of the Nation's premier educational institutions, actually gives this stuff serious air time?