Monday, October 22, 2007

Barack Obama Hates Dumbledore

(as I'm sure everyone has heard by now) At an event on Friday J.K. Rowling announced that Albus was gay. The exchange-

The question was: Did Dumbledore, who believed in the prevailing power of love, ever fall in love himself?

JKR: My truthful answer to you... I always thought of Dumbledore as gay. [ovation.] ... Dumbledore fell in love with Grindelwald, and that that added to his horror when Grindelwald showed himself to be what he was. To an extent, do we say it excused Dumbledore a little more because falling in love can blind us to an extent? But, he met someone as brilliant as he was, and rather like Bellatrix he was very drawn to this brilliant person, and horribly, terribly let down by him. Yeah, that's how i always saw Dumbledore. In fact, recently I was in a script read through for the sixth film, and they had Dumbledore saying a line to Harry early in the script saying I knew a girl once, whose hair... [laughter]. I had to write a little note in the margin and slide it along to the scriptwriter, "Dumbledore's gay!" [laughter] "If I'd known it would make you so happy, I would have announced it years ago!"

There is a chance that (if the cameras weren't rolling) Barack would not have been among the enthusiastic and embracing horde. This is from Queerty:

The Democratic senator and his staff announced the “Embrace the Change” gospel tour. The tour, which cruises around South Carolina, will include gospel acts Mary Mary, Hezekiah Walker, Bryon Cage and ... Donnie McClurkin, a man who would really like gays to embrace the change:

"Gospel singer Donnie McClurkin, who has detailed his struggle with gay tendencies and vowed to battle “the curse of homosexuality,” said yesterday he’ll perform as scheduled at the Republican National Convention on Thursday, despite controversy over his view that sexuality can be changed by religious intervention."

Wait, let’s get this straight: Barack Obama, who pandered to gay voters at HRC’s gay forum, will now join forces with a self-repressed religionist? Obama, a man who preaches about political hope, has enlisted a McClurkin, who blames his homosexuality on being raped and one said, “I’ve been through this and have experienced God’s power to change my lifestyle…I am delivered and I know God can deliver others, too.”

Obama’s religious affairs director Joshua DuBois celebrated the announcement, saying

"This is another example of how Barack Obama is defying conventional wisdom about how politics is done and giving new meaning to meeting people at the grassroots level. This concert tour is going to bring new people into the political process and engage people of faith in an unprecedented way."

Not to mention giving gay voters a new view of a candidate who’s devotion to potentially oppressive religion may prove troublesome.

I've said it so many times before but "Whatever happened to the politics of hope?" I shouldn't be surprised though, you can't spell Barack Hussein Obama without B.S. And this is either an obvious attempt to appeal to members of Southern Black community, unfortunately a lot of whom are homophobic and religious and Barack really has no morals or a true belief in equality and is willing to hitch his wagon to anyone and anything that can help his campaign or
there's too much conservatism in his compassion. And I'm sure it will be said that the candidate doesn't necessarily have to agree with every performer's every belief but to choose one who is so...who has the position that you can change your sexuality which is against science and can lead to so much confusion and turmoil in peoples' hearts (I think the ex-gays and Christians "recruit" far more than any "gay group") and the notion that being raped can lead to homosexuality sort of furthers the myth and notion that "homosexuals are all pedophiles" when there are so many other Christian singers who are quite popular who don't make such ignorant and hurtful claims, well it kind of seems to me like an equivalent to having Ted Nugent play a concert for you, with your approval, and then trying to court the PETA vote.

and on a side note when I first read the tease that Rowling outed a character I first thought it was a little cheap she didn't do it in a book and then I immediately thought it was Neville. I'm not sure why, maybe because his name is Neville (Longbottom, if you will) or that I don't remember him dating and in that epilogue it didn't say he married. but Dumbledore works as well, though it is quite sad that he lived for most of his life without anyone. Neville, according to J.K. got married to Hannah Abbot and lived above a pub.

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