I stopped reading AmericaBlog quite a few months ago. The format hurts my eyes, there usually isn't anything new there and I was put off by Aravosis' silly opposition to the September 24 anti-war march and rally in
NYC D.C. Mumia signs would be there and ANSWER was involved and "we fucking saved Haiti!" and so he just couldn't go or find any reason for it to occur. You might say that he acted like a big sissy when it comes to protest politics, except that would be offensive. As offensive, in fact, as calling someone a "big girl" when what you mean to say is that he is a coward. That's what Aravosis did. (via Kathy F.) This is how he responded to the inevitable criticism: (via CityElf)
When a commenter expressed surprise at John's use of the term, his initial response was that this was "gay vernacular." Later, he wrote that those who asked him to reconsider his words were a tiny minority of his readers and essentially nutbars: "There are a very loud minority of folks on the left who won't be happy unless they're frothing at the mouth attacking their own for the stupidest, smallest things while the world falls down around them." This despite the fact that many were probably long-time readers and were mostly polite and reasonable in their comments. Here are a few samples:
I personally found John's use of "girl" much more questionable than Snowjob's use of "tar baby." And believe me I'm no Republican. Let's leave the name calling to the bigots. Please apologize, John, and let's get this over with.
I'm a girl and I'm offended that it would be considered some kind of an insult. A better definition for Pat Roberts would be that he is a big ass. But there's no need to denigrate more than 50% of the country's population to make a point.
Girls are not cowards, John. Girls are fighting in Iraq, John. Girls are dying in Iraq and Afghanistan, John. Let's try a little harder, John. We're all on the same team here, I think. Senator Roberts is a big COWARD. I don't want him in my gender or that of my very brave daughter.
As I am writing this, all 400+ original comments on the post have been deleted. I assume this is John's doing, but perhaps there was a technical glitch. (Fortunately, Haloscan has a long memory.)
Deleting pertinent comments that aren't obscene or threatening? What a ... coward. He should have apologized and moved on. Noblesse oblige and all that. And perhaps picked another week for the pledge drive.
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