Political Animal


June 17, 2012 11:55 AM “Obama Celebrates Anti-Police Riot…”

By Elon Green

It mildly astonishing that, in a time of increasingly acceptance of marriage equality — nearly ten years after Lawrence v. Texas — that 31% of Americans believe “gay or lesbian relations between consenting adults” should be criminalized.

Upon closer inspection, however, maybe I shouldn’t be too surprised. Here’s a tweet from Matt Drudge, arguably the most influential individual in American media:

Obama Celebrates Anti-Police Riot Started at Mafia-Owned Bar for Transvestites… http://drudge.tw/Ly1jwH

Drudge hopes his readers are ignorant and/or incurious enough to take this at face value. On Friday, President Obama spoke at a reception marking LGBT pride month. The “anti-police riot” referenced by Drudge is, of course, Stonewall — one of the great, seminal moments in the modern gay rights movement.

The headline is more or less true, but only in the sense that “Thirty-Something Breaks Bread With Twelve of His Closest Friends” describes the Last Supper.

Putting this gloss on history is simply a naked attempt to stem the tide of progress. This tactic isn’t unique to gay rights. There’s a reason each Martin Luther King Day is, in some darker corners of conservatism, still greeted with catcalls about plagiarism. Did it happen? Sure. But in the grand scheme of the civil rights movement, Dr. King’s college indiscretion is of no more consequence than who owned the Stonewall Inn.


  • gelfling545 on June 17, 2012 12:17 PM:

    “Thirty-Something Breaks Bread With Twelve of His Closest Friends”
    You forgot the good part -
    Arrested soon after for inciting the populace.

  • c u n d gulag on June 17, 2012 12:21 PM:

    Leave it to Drudge, a self-hating gay man if there ever was one, to write something moronic like this.

    It's people like this that make me think that Rep. Allen West will be the first Republican to call Obama a n*gger.

    He'll be able to say with a straight face, 'Well, if rappers can call one another that, why can't I call Obama that?"
    And the MSM will nod at the wisdom of his words.

    As for Drudge, when Stonewall happened, if he was there, he wouldn't have fought.
    He'd have run home and hid in the closet.
    Where he remains to this day.

    Actually, Matt's been in the closet for years, Stonewall, or no Stonewall.

    Come out of the closet, Matt!
    You won't hate yourself as much.
    Maybe the world will look like a better place.

  • cwolf on June 17, 2012 12:26 PM:

    Speaking of police riots & their victims, Rodney King has died.

  • tiredofit on June 17, 2012 12:40 PM:

    Eleven of his closest friends. One of them was a real jerk.

  • exlibra on June 17, 2012 1:05 PM:

    You have to admit though, that it's an eye-grabbing headline, especially for those who'd never heard of the Stonewall riots (I didn't, until about 3-4 yrs ago) and didn't make an instant connection to the probable "meat" of the story.

    I don't, BTW, think much of your headline *as headline* -- too bland to tempt anyone into reading the content. How about "Jesus gets drunk at a youth meeting; flings unfounded accusations"? Surely, you'd be curious to read that.

    "titusee his"? No, thanks. Don't want to see his tit (or anything else)

  • bleh on June 17, 2012 1:16 PM:

    Actually, given the consistent campaign of hatred against gay men and Lesbians by both secular and religious leaders over decades, even centuries, and the general amount of vitriolic, bilious rage on the Right encouraged by those leaders and others, I'm surprised it's ONLY 31%.

  • LAC on June 17, 2012 1:37 PM:

    Nothing like the opinion of the biggest closet queen in the media to bring it on home.

  • TCinLA on June 17, 2012 1:41 PM:

    How nice it would have been if failed "actor" and opportunist "conservative" (he had no "politics" other than sensationalism until he figured out who would give him money) Matt Grudge (against all those who have recognized his talentless awfulness rather than his talented awesomeness) had been the victim of a violent mugging on Hollywood Boulevard on the way back to his two-room walkup back in 1994-95 (a very plausible event in that neighborhood at that time), when he was primarily known for publicizing the racial aspects of the OJ trial. Voila, no Drudge to kick around.

  • Werewolf on June 17, 2012 1:52 PM:

    Last year PBS ran a documentary on Stonewall, and interviewed a retired NYPD cop who was on the Vice Squad and was there. His comment-"Yeah, they were breaking the law, but what kind of law is that?"

  • sick -n-effin-tired on June 17, 2012 2:00 PM:

    Anyone watch Bill Maher Friday? he nailed Drudge as the most racist website.

  • arkie on June 17, 2012 2:02 PM:

    “Never Married Thirty-Something Man Drinks Wine and Breaks Bread With Twelve of His Closest Confirmed Bachelor Friends”

    Fixed it.

  • Jim on June 17, 2012 2:15 PM:

    I'm sure Drudge would describe any praise given the Boston Tea Party in the same terms. Right?

  • g on June 17, 2012 2:20 PM:

    Aen't all bars in Manhattan owned by the Mafia?

  • Hedda Peraz on June 17, 2012 3:27 PM:

    Stonewall Jackson was gay?
    I never knew!

  • Crissa on June 17, 2012 4:01 PM:

    It may be that the bar was owned by the Mafia that helped Stonewall succeed where others failed - the rest of New York were pretty tired of being preyed upon by the Mafia and the police. The police weren't there to crack down on the Mafia, just to arrest queers and inconvenience drinkers; not to arrest the Mafioso running the place.

  • Perspecticus on June 17, 2012 4:42 PM:

    I think that headline may actually be credited to CNSNews.com and that Drudge made it as part of his link to the story.

  • 2Manchu on June 17, 2012 4:55 PM:

    "Obama Celebrates Anti-Police Riot Started at Mafia-Owned Bar for Transvestites… http://drudge.tw/Ly1jwH"

    Yes, because back in the 1960s, the only businesses that were run/owned by the Mafia were gay bars.

  • Old Uncle Dave on June 17, 2012 5:16 PM:

    Drudge's headline for the SCOTUS decision in Lawrence v Texas would probably be. "Liberal Court celebrates buttfucking"

  • T-Rex on June 17, 2012 6:50 PM:

    Any number can play this game. How about: "Conservative group names itself after violent riot by revolutionaries with criminal ties who opposed pro-business government policies?" Or "Speaker Boehner mistakes a manifesto of violent revolution for the Constitution of the United States."

  • Citizen Alan on June 17, 2012 9:00 PM:

    The "31% who want to criminalize homosexuality" figure is even more sobering when you realize the percentage is likely higher now on the U.S. Supreme Court. This election is unquestionably the most important in the history of gay rights, as meaningful as the election of Lincoln was for freedmen and slaves alike. Because right now, SCOTUS probably has four votes for striking down all laws and state constitutional amendments that forbid gay marriage. And it also has four votes for allowing states to put known homosexuals in prison for twenty years.

  • bluestatedon on June 17, 2012 11:06 PM:

    You can be assured that the 31% that want to criminalize gay or lesbian relations between consenting adults is virtually 100% comprised of Christianists who believe that Adam and Eve had dinosaurs for neighbors in the Garden of Eden 5,000 years ago. It's all about religion now.

  • EdHead on June 18, 2012 5:01 AM:

    Maybe Drudge thinks folks don't know he's a cocksucker?

  • Peter C on June 18, 2012 10:40 AM:

    @Jim (on June 17, 2012 2:15 PM:)has the best line. The Boston Tea Party was a blantantly illegal act that gets celebrated all the time.

    Drudge is a hack. next?

  • stoned wall on June 18, 2012 12:21 PM:

    Drudge, gay? But I thought coldturd was his "girlfriend" ... oh never mind. In any case, what does it say that Drudge could be the most influential media figure in the US?