Let’s Call Fox News Host’s Bluff About Gay Bar
Yes, I know: The host of Fox News’ program Red Eye, Greg Gutfeld, had his tongue firmly implanted in his cheek when he proposed building a gay bar next to a proposed mosque in Downtown Manhattan.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week (a big -- a really, really big rock), you know all about this mosque. Already enmeshed in controversy, it exploded on the national scene when President Obama, at a dinner celebrating the Muslim festival of Ramadan no less, came out in favor of the mosque.
Like so much else in space-starved Manhattan, the source of all the brouahaha about this mosque is a question purely of real estate. The site of the mosque is within site of Ground Zero, where the Twin Towers once stood. Now a massive construction site, Ground Zero is considered by many a testament to the destructive powers of radical Islam.
For these people, building a $100 million mosque and Islamic cultural center so close to what has become hallowed ground amounts to desecration. Newt Gingrich even compared it to a Nazi shrine next to a Holocaust memorial. Less ridiculous comparisons are to the proposed Carmelite nuns’ convent next to the sprawling site of Auswitch, the Nazi concentration camp where millions of Jews, gypsies and gays were murdered.
Into this media-made mess stepped Gutfeld. The right-wing satirist has made a career out of tweaking both sides of the political divide, although most of his fire is aimed at the left. He also has a history as something of a guy’s guy when it comes to sex: He helmed the U.K. edition of Maxim for a while.
Gutfeld’s proposal for a gay bar next to the mosque comes on the heels of similar proposals on right-wing blog sites for a pig farm, pig abbatoir, or bar-b-que joint. (Muslims, like Jews, consider pigs an unclean animal and abhor them.)
Normally anti-gay right-wing sites have been quick to embrace Gutfeld’s proposal as a way to tweak Muslims. I’m not here to do that. Let me state clearly: I believe the whole "controversy" is ridiculous. New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg is right: If they can build it, let them build it.