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Tina Brown on Newsweek's Cover: 'Obama Earns Every Stripe in That Gay-Lo'

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Brandon posted Newsweek's new cover over the weekend.

Editor Tina Brown tells Politico today:

“If President Clinton was the ‘first black president’ then Obama earns every stripe in that ‘gaylo’ with last week’s gay marriage proclamation. Newsweek’s cover pays tribute to his newly ordained place in history."

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  1. Tina Brown is a f*g-baiting, fork-tongued, lowest-common-denominator-pandering tabloid queen! She and people like her are what's wrong with our national media.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | May 14, 2012 1:10:39 PM


  2. Obama is NOT America's first gay president. James Buchanan lived in the White House with his lover/Vice President.

    Posted by: Michael | May 14, 2012 1:12:09 PM


  3. James Buchanan was not Out, thus was not America's First Gay Anything. He was a homosexual, he was not gay, and as it was not public-and-widespread knowledge it doesnt' exactly, "Count", sugar.

    for the first time in American history you have a President that is openly in favour of actual, honest-to-Jeebus EQUALITY for LGBT people and y'all are finding reasons to complain.

    oh, and every time you say "NO! he's NOT the first gay president! he's not gay!" you make it seem as if nuance is lost on Americans.

    don't be so literal - it makes you seem incredibly stupid.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 14, 2012 1:35:10 PM


  4. Unfortunately Kiwi, a lot of Americans are incredibly stupid. The typically hysterical Sullivan and the reverse-Midas-touch Brown are just trying to sensationalize this story to sell magazines, but I wish they'd gone about it a different way. The right-wing echo chambers will have more to froth at the mouth about, when what would have been best would be for the story to die down. I particularly don't see this going well in some parts of the black community. It's important to avoid the an association between supporting gay rights and being gay, so, yeah, let's be postmodern and go make the association as a joke. Maybe the world hasn't caught up to your postmodernism...

    Posted by: St. Theresa of Avila | May 14, 2012 1:42:43 PM


  5. When TB and The Daily Beast took over Newsweek I ended my subscription. The change was so huge. Couldn't read it any more.

    Posted by: Matt26 | May 14, 2012 1:51:18 PM


  6. I still don't get the highly religious iconography being used to talk about the presidency.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | May 14, 2012 2:03:45 PM


  7. Ms. Brown is neither black nor gay yet presumes to pontificate about African-American author Toni Morrison's metaphor about Clinton and tell ACTUAL gays what they SHOULD think about Obama—even as she and article ignores the fact that in addition to endorsing the idea marriage equality again [which got me to donate to his campaign again] he embraced the indefensible "states rights" argument that would once have resulted in his mixed race parents being sent to jail. Well, cows will moo........

    But unlike Mad Cow Brown, Little Kiwi, to the best of my knowledge, is a Canadian not American citizen, so what's his excuse for telling Americans of whatever persuasion to think?

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | May 14, 2012 2:47:47 PM


  8. Kiwi, I think you are overstating Obama's position and are doing it in such an unnecessarily negative way. Obama was forced into coming out with his PERSONAL beliefs, while he proudly proclaims he is ok with the majority of states to continue discriminating against LGBT people. In my opinion, being forced into revealing personal beliefs is not enough to earn this coronation--which is obviously just a strategy to sell issues of a struggling magazine.

    LGBT people should be working toward inclusion and unity, instead these comments are full of judgements, name calling, and tearing each other down for a difference of opinion. Ironic.

    Posted by: ScottNYC | May 14, 2012 2:53:37 PM


  9. Lol Litlekiwi, I guess my 18 years in the closet just never really "mattered"; I was never really "gay" at all during that time.

    It's not about being literal, but rather about not trivializing things and not making jokes out of it. This cover is guilty of all of these.

    Posted by: Stuart | May 14, 2012 2:59:14 PM


  10. Yes, Kiwi, most Americans lack understanding of nuance. Frankly this cover reminds me of the National Enquirer. People will not get it, and it does us no favors.

    Tina Brown is a wretched opportunist.

    Posted by: Paul R | May 14, 2012 4:27:07 PM


  11. I did not know that "most Americans lack understanding of nuance" and "a lot are incredibly stupid"! You would think that gay men would avoid using stereotypes and actively fight against them.

    Posted by: ScottNYC | May 14, 2012 4:31:41 PM


  12. Tina Brown… TB… how perfectly perfect, and somehow explains a lot o' things. Cheers Matt26

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | May 14, 2012 4:35:46 PM


  13. ScottNYC: Yes, I'm a horrible person for pointing out that nearly half the country votes GOP, a larger share either drops out of high school or goes no further, don't read, and bully children who don't suit their desired demographics.

    Call me when you meet reality. Until then, I'll definitely take your advice to embrace absolutely everyone, because they're all so smart and definitely embrace me. Thanks for pointing out my ignorance.

    Posted by: Paul R | May 14, 2012 4:57:54 PM


  14. homosexuality is innate. gay is elective. Buchanan was not a gay president, he was an apparently-homosexual one. you're not gay until you stand up to be counted, claim it, and own it. until then you're a homosexual.

    but hey, if you guys want to discredit the game-changer that is having, for the first time in american history, a sitting president who openly believes that LGBT people deserve actual equality, then go right ahead. you wanted him to evolve. he evolved. you're still complaining.

    ...ok.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 14, 2012 5:20:10 PM


  15. Wow Paul R, there is a big difference between "embracing absolutely everyone" and eliminating the use of sterotypes. There is a lot of ignorance and hatred in the world, why add to it by using stereotypes and name calling?

    Posted by: ScottNYC | May 14, 2012 5:26:36 PM


  16. Scott, be fair - my words were clear; the knee-jerk freakouts over this article "MAKE IT SEEM" as if nuance is lost on Americans.

    but i realize that some people on here don't understand the difference between "gay" and "homosexual" - and i doubt most have read the actual article. the attention-getting headline, as crass it may seem and as calculated to stir controversy as it likely was, ends up being a rather apt description.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 14, 2012 5:33:02 PM


  17. @Kiwi. You make a valid point. However, the way you presented your argument here and in many other comments sections, shows your goal is frequently not to discuss, share, or educate, but rather to insult others and shut down other people's opinions.

    Posted by: ScottNYC | May 14, 2012 5:43:05 PM


  18. I'm not shutting down an opinion. I will, indeed, let someone know how their specific shared opinion makes them appear. The freakout over this is as preposterous as the insecure freakout when Cynthia Nixon made her utterly-valid and intelligent statements about "choice"

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 15, 2012 10:31:58 AM


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