Carl Paladino is learning the hard way that people who live in glass houses should find alternative housing fast. The Republican candidate for Governor of New York, who is fortunately trailing behind his Democratic opponent, Paladino is working overtime these days to explain homophobic remarks he uttered during a visit this past Sunday with Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn.
On the issue of gay marriage, Paladino said at the synagogue: “I just think my children and your children would be much better off and much more successful getting married and raising a family, and I don’t want them brainwashed into thinking homosexuality is an equal value and successful option.”
Paladino, who has become a darling of the Mad Hatter Tea Party set, also allegedly made a quip that “there is nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual,” but later said he never uttered it because it was deleted from his speech at the last minute.
He did criticize his opponent, Andrew Cuomo, for walking in the gay pride march in June. “I didn’t march in the gay parade this year,” he said. “My opponent did, and that’s not the example we should be showing our children.”
“That’s not how God created us.”
When the crap hit the fan about his comments, Paladino backed down quickly, stating that he could “have used some better words.” He insisted that he had not said anything offensive. “Was I in any way insensitive to the homosexual, the gay crowd?” he asked. “In my mind, absolutely not.”
“I’m not a homophobic,” the politician said, “I have no reservations whatsoever about gays only except for marriage.” He said that he would hire gays in his administration, and even has staff members who are non-heterosexual.
He then stuck his foot in his mouth big time, describing a Toronto gay pride parade he and his wife saw by mistake: “It wasn’t pretty. It was bunch of very extreme type people in bikini type outfits grinding at each other and doing these gyrations. And I certainly wouldn’t let my young children see that.”
Would Paladino let his young children see his mistress and meet the kid he had with her ten years ago? It’s no secret that the conservative politician hasn’t exactly been the poster boy for traditional heterosexual marriage, the kind his tea bagger buddies are always touting as the nirvana of human existence. The kind Paladino thinks kids would be better off with.
How does someone live with such blatant hypocrisy?
Paladino’s remarks came only hours after eight gang members were arraigned in the Bronx for horrible homophobic attacks on three gays, two of them teens. The victims, who survived the attacks, were brutally sodomized, tortured and beaten simply because of who they are. A ninth gang member was just arrested.
Paladino may not understand this, but his comments send the message that it’s okay to beat up faggots.
Tommi Avicolli Mecca is co-editor of Avanti Popolo: Italians Sailing Beyond Columbus, and editor of Smash the Church, Smash the State: The Early Years of Gay Liberation, which was nominated for both an American Library Association and a Lambda Literary award. His website is www.avicollimecca.com.Filed under: Archive