Yesterday I wrote about the horrific story of Karen Huff Klein and the atrocious bullying she suffered at the hands of middle school rug rats. Since I wrote that story every conceivable news outlet and blog has talked about it, money has been raised (as if raising money for her, while admirable, is going to solve the problem). I thought to myself that the story would have a self life of twenty-four hours and everyone would move on.
That seems to be the case.
The progeny of those rug rats can be seen today. In the White House. In photographs.
Gay activists from Philadelphia posed for pictures while giving the middle finger to a portrait of former President Ronald Reagan during a recent trip to the White House, according to Philadelphia Magazine:
Last Friday, an attaché of important gay people from Philadelphia made a trip to Washington D.C. as invited guests of President Barack Obama for the White House’s first-ever gay pride reception….some of them took advantage of photo opportunities to give the late President Ronald Reagan the middle finger
“It’s not a gesture that I would use in the White House when representing our city and our community,” opines Philadelphia Gay News publisher Mark Segal (center), who opted for a sarcastic thumbs-up pose in front of the portrait of George W. Bush over the more vulgar one demonstrated by his Reagan-loathing peers, Matthew “Matty” Hart (left), the national director of public engagement at Solutions for Progress, and self-taught photographer turned toast-of-the-town Zoe Strauss (right).
But his counterparts couldn’t seem to care less. Hart posted his photo on Facebook with the caption, “F–k Reagan.” [Zoe] Strauss simply posted hers without commentary. After all, the murderous facial expression and double-barreled bird-flipping seem to speak for themselves. Comments ranged from “you forgot to add with a chainsaw” on Hart’s “F–k Reagan” note, to my personal favorite, “star wars … up yours,” on Strauss’s.
This behavior is despicable. I don’t care if you’re gay, straight, or from Mars, you don’t behave this way in the White House. I have stood beneath the portraits of those Presidents, many of whom I vigorously disagree with with respect to their policies. But it never crossed my mind to give any of them the bird. Never. But let’s say for the sake of argument that I had thought to myself, eh, screw you, Jimmy Carter. I still wouldn’t have given his portrait the bird and I certainly wouldn’t have allowed my photograph to be taken doing so!
These buffoons are a glimpse into the future. Those rug rats on the bus that bullied the bus monitor will grow up to be these miscreants.
They should be ashamed of themselves.
And gay activists should condemn them.