Ostroy is now in love with Lady Gaga over a stupid comment regarding the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy
by Larry Simons
September 22, 2010
Although I have nothing personally against Lady Gaga or gays serving in the military, I do have problems with people who make ridiculous comments and those who support those ridiculous comments on the sole basis of it coinciding with their political bias.
Enter wingnut Andy Ostroy, whose latest article supports a statement Lady Gaga made at a Maine rally on Monday regarding the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy which allows gays to serve but not disclose their sexual orientation.
Lady Gaga said:
"Doesn’t it seem to be that DADT is backwards. Doesn’t it seem that we’re penalizing the wrong soldier? Doesn’t it seem to you that we should send home the prejudiced? The straight soldier who hates the gay soldier? The straight soldier whose performance is affected because he is homophobic? The straight soldier who has prejudice in his heart, in the space where the military asks him to hold to our core American values ... he instead holds and harbors hate, and he gets to stay and fight for our country."
“Bravo, I say. We need more "voices of a generation" like Lady G to use their massive celebrity to help bring about much needed change in America. To help the small-minded and frightened close the discrimination gap.”
“Voice of a generation?” “Much needed change?” I guess since Obama has failed to bring about the “change” Ostroy believed in, he now has to hope celebrities do it instead.
“Small minded and frightened?” Notice that Ostroy did not mention once in his stupid article what is wrong with this policy. The DADT law states that those who are openly gay, lesbian and bisexual are banned from military service. Who would want anyone acting on their sexual orientation during training or combat, regardless if it was homosexuals or straight people?
You don’t have to be homophobic to be appalled or offended at any kind of unwanted sexual advances while serving in the military. I could love gay people and still be offended if I’m in a foxhole fearing for my life while a fellow soldier is staring at my ass.
Let’s break down the stupid remark from Lady Gaga:
“Doesn’t it seem to be that DADT is backwards. Doesn’t it seem that we’re penalizing the wrong soldier? Doesn’t it seem to you that we should send home the prejudiced?”
Yeah, let’s send home all the straight soldiers, who probably outnumber the gays 20-1. Who would be left to fight the war that Ostroy now fully supports [but opposed under Bush]?
“The straight soldier who hates the gay soldier? The straight soldier whose performance is affected because he is homophobic?”
How would the straight soldier’s performance be affected? It’s called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. That means that the straight soldier wouldn’t know who the gay soldier is! How would they be “affected” with no knowledge of who would be affecting them?
Ostroy then speaks of Lady Gaga as if she’s a national icon like Martin Luther King, Jr. or John Lennon:
“I now have immense respect for her as a person, in particular, a young person, who has achieved gargantuan success so quickly, and who has just as quickly realized how she can use this immense fame to make a difference in peoples lives. She's not just a marketing and branding genius, but one of those rare people who truly have their fingers on the pulse of society and culture. Many more good things to come from her politically I suspect, and hope.”
What was the first good thing?