2012 Election | Chicago | Deaths | Libya

Fringe Blogs Titillated: Slain Ambassador May Have Been Gay

Kevin_dujanChicago's Kevin DuJan, the gay, right-wing blogger who believes liberals have ruined his love life, did the following bit of serious journalism:

He set out to research a story last Friday on the teachers' strike, but failed to find any striking teachers.

Lacking anything better to do, he elected to check up on a rumor that Chris Stevens, the murdered Libyan ambassador, was a gay man.

He received a tip from he-doesn't-say-who to go to a bar called Second Story, where he met a man who calls himself Dino and works at Chicago's Serbian consulate.

He was told by Dino that, yes, Chris Stevens was gay, and was killed for it.

He drew the following conclusion:

You won’t hear any of this in the media, no doubt, but in Chicago’s diplomatic circles at least there is no doubt that Chris Stevens was gay and that pretty much anyone in the diplomatic world knew that. That includes the Libyans who were hired as security at the consulate in Benghazi who betrayed Ambassador Stevens and assisted in his murder.

Meanwhile, the White House is ignoring the fact that a gay ambassador to a Muslim country was murdered and they are in fact still pretending that all of this is about some obscure movie about Muhammad ...

DuJan did find some substantiating evidence for the gay-Stevens claim, and it's this: Back in college, Amb. Stevens was friends with the playwright Austin Tichenor, alleged gay and co-creator of the famous Reduced Shakespeare Company, and over the last several days Tichenor has been posting old photographs of him and Stevens hanging out.

DuJan's story has now gone viral among the fringier blogs. Here it is at Free Republic. And in another spot at Free Republic. Here it is at RomanCatholicImperialist, and BeforeItsNews, and the SaveAmericaFoundation. I've got no idea if the story's true. It could be. Many people are gay.

But even if it is true, it's tacky, and not just because it seems those pushing the story are doing so in the hope of making some ghastly political point. It's tacky, too, because they've decided to believe a rumor about Stevens's treatment by his killers -- that he was raped both before and after he died -- and to describe that treatment in great detail, trying to seem horrified by what they're writing while very unsubtly luxuriating in it.

Still, this hurricane of ugly blogs has had at least one pleasant consequence. It has made commentators at Free Republic speak up for gays:

This is an idiotic thread. The guy lived for half his life in North Africa or the mid-east and he died serving his nation. Who gives a sh** about what someone thinks about what he does or does not do in private? It is totally irrelevant.


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  1. Piet said: "Obviously, this isn't quite the gospel the gay world, or even the straight world, wants to hear..." I can't speak for the gay world but his sexuality is of no concern to me. His death, however, is a reminder that many diplomats put their lives at risk every day. Remember this when the TeaParty/GOP demand less and less government by eliminating "useless" bureaucrats.

    Posted by: Hue-Man | Sep 16, 2012 11:41:32 PM

  2. Despite his claims to the contrary, the press was reporting these rumors last week.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 16, 2012 11:41:40 PM

  3. Everybody already knows that people who work in American Embassies are CIA and the CIA do not hire gays.

    Posted by: Dan | Sep 17, 2012 12:28:21 AM

  4. Sounds like an inaccurate theory to me. A gay ambassador would not be sent to a muslim nation, given the nature of the job. There is a lot of vetting in the state department.

    Posted by: Kyle | Sep 17, 2012 12:35:41 AM

  5. Everybody already knows that people who work in American Embassies are CIA and the CIA do not hire gays.

    Posted by: Dan | Sep 17, 2012 12:28:21 AM

    Wrong on both counts.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Sep 17, 2012 1:28:16 AM

    Obama is about inclusion-- he would NEVER say "I'm not gonna send the best person, because he is Gay"
    -- but maybe the security should have been greater because Stevens was apparently Gay

    Posted by: Bob | Sep 17, 2012 2:27:59 AM

  7. I don't think most of these crazies believe what they are saying. They are just trying to create attention so they can be famous and make money. There is always a paying audience for these crazies to talk to so they just keep saying all this s@it to keep the money rolling in.
    It is SO SO SO easy to be controversial and get attention.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Sep 17, 2012 2:53:15 AM

  8. A lot of things have me upset by this blog.

    1. I've only seen one article suggest the Libyan guards "betrayed" him. That's a strong allegation, and seems to me a lot of proof is needed. We need to know that truth, but let's not bandy about that word without the facts, and let's certainly not take a Brietbartian blogger's word for it.

    2. Fringe right wing bloggers really are the scum of the earth. Have they no decency?

    Posted by: Ryan | Sep 17, 2012 5:24:49 AM

  9. @Dan: Look up James Hormel. Clinton made a recess appointment of him as Ambassador to Luxembourg in 1999. He's the first openly gay ambassador.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Sep 17, 2012 7:48:48 AM

  10. There is no such thing as a gay world or a straight world. We're all one world - get used to it. I don't base my world on sex acts, and neither should you.

    Posted by: jason | Sep 17, 2012 8:33:44 AM

  11. And if he was gay? Seriously - does ANYONE on planet earth care??

    Posted by: Bill | Sep 17, 2012 10:39:38 AM

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