Glitter =/= Violence

An enterprising gay activist recently showered Newt Gingrich with glitter at a book signing.

After the book signing, Newt was going to attend a fundraiser dinner for the Minnesota Family Council, an anti-gay group.The glitter-bombing was a protest of this candidate’s bigoted politics.

Of course, people are already starting to whine about ‘divisive tactics’ that won’t “win over conservative hearts and minds.” Some have even gone so far as to call the glitter bombing “violent” or “terrorism.”

All I have to say to that is gosh, I would love to be so sheltered that having glitter dumped on me would be the worst act of violence I could imagine. It must be great to have no experience with life-threatening assault. It must be amazing to walk down the street hand-in-hand with your significant other without having to worry about being attacked as “faggots.” It must be incredible to be able to use a public bathroom without the fear of being brutally battered for being transgender.

Newt Gingrich and people like him don’t have to worry about misogynistic, racist, homophobic or transphobic violence. And when the glitter hits the fan, they have handlers to help clean them up.

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Asher Bauer is fast becoming a fixture in the San Francisco kink community, and intends to stay that way. He has worked as a Queer Educator at LYRIC (Lavender Youth Recreation And Information Center), and since has taken his talents as an educator to a wider variety of audiences, teaching on subjects ranging from safer sex to BDSM to trans and queer identities. He is also one of the hosts and originators of Transmission, the new trans-centric party at the San Francisco Citadel, and Invasion, the Citadel's all-genders queer party. View all posts by Asher

11 responses to “Glitter =/= Violence

  • Ethan K.

    I read about that and watched the video and I applauded heartily. I especially loved the security guard who said something like “Do we come and disrupt your events? No we don’t.” Actually, yeah, dude. You disrupt all sorts of events, such as us living out our daily lives. Hats off to the “glitter terrorist!”

  • Guest

    Yes it does, How was Gringrich supposed to know what that guys intent was. Terrorism is violence or the *threat* of violence to achieve a political goal. What do you think would have happened if this was tried on a President? I read a comment on another blog from a gay person who was upset by what that guy did because it gives fuel to show gays as radical etc..also I bet if a gay person at a school had glitter dumped on them it would be considered a hate crime.

  • Robert M.

    Seeing gays choose to represent the political intellectualism of their community through such inspired logical and rhetorical devices such as throwing things at people they disagree with? You’re one step away from saying you deserve to beat and injure hetros in the street so they ‘get theirs”.

    Perhaps if the gay community could show enough maturity and restraint to sit down with your glitter ASSAULT victims, you could engage in a rational dialogue and we could discuss the issues concerning your minority. But until then, I’ll see these glitter assaults on tv and say “Damn violent fairies, I have no respect for their political tactics when those tactics involve violence. WAKE UP!”

    • Asher

      Usually I don’t approve comments like these (see: my comment policy) but this one was not quite without value. In fact, I thought it was comedic gold. I sure wish hets limited themselves to dumping glitter on us, know what I’m saying? I’d rather be a “glitter assault victim” than a victim of actual violence any day.

    • Brynn

      Because, you know, having glitter dumped on you is such a horrifically violent act. I’m sure Newt Gingrich is going to be mentally and emotionally scarred for the rest of his life and triggered into disturbing flashbacks by the sight or mention of any sort of craft– Yeah, no. Not even remotely comparable to the kind of violence straight people inflict on queer people every fucking day.

    • Miss Lola Sunshine

      Oh, you’re so right! That glitter could have gotten lodged in his eye so he’d have to see the world through a sparkly lens for the rest of his life! It could have been inhaled and given him a horrible case of glitterlung causing him to cough up little clouds of sparkles until the day he finally died a shiny, shiny death. OR it could have simply called attention to a cause without hurting anyone at all by use of small, harmless pieces of foil floating gently in the air.

      Gosh, it’s a good thing that gay man used glitter and not bullets or shrapnel or rocks or his fists or anything. Things could have gotten ugly. A regular bashing could have ended up happening!

  • Ryder-

    He looked so very upset. Clearly the 3 seconds it took him to brush some glitter aside is equal to people getting beat down in the streets. having to live in fear every day of their lives in fear. -eye roll-

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