When the facts don’t support the narrative, stick with the narrative anyway

21 Comments for “When the facts don’t support the narrative, stick with the narrative anyway”

  1. posted by Jorge on

    Let’s see, now…

    He’s gay (that’s clear in the WaPo article).

    He’s bold (appealing a negative decision directly to the president).

    He was honored as a teacher by the White House.

    And while that’s maybe stretching the definition of photobomb, if anything the story confirms that the fan was unusual and the posture was, a “queer” one, and that the teacher made a decision to insert that unusual into the photo.

    I can’t believe I’m no longer early for work because of this nonsense.

  2. posted by Kosh III on


  3. posted by Tj 3rd on

    Um….OK…..Stephen’s headline for post is hilarious. Given how many times he and other homocons have tossed aside reality in favor of their own partisan narrative.

    Beyond that, the guy in the photo looks fabulous. Quite a few people do look fabulous in scheduled pictures. Heck, I seen quite a few fabulous pride parades….

    • posted by Tom Scharbach on

      Um….OK…..Stephen’s headline for post is hilarious.

      The headline can certainly be read two ways.

      Given how many times he and other homocons have tossed aside reality in favor of their own partisan narrative.

      The homocon narrative (that is, the insistence that President Trump is “gay-supportive” based on a small number of personal, largely symbolic actions) is as good an example as any. Best to let the facts speak for themselves, because time will tell.

  4. posted by Jorge on

    Beyond that, the guy in the photo looks fabulous.

    Not my cup of tea. I much prefer appropriating feminine symbols in ways that symbolize assertiveness. Teach me how to use the iron fan!

    • posted by tj 3rd on

      Yes, why should you like him? he ain’t Rick Santorum or a 20-something pretending to be high school superhero who fights dubbed, giant monsters.

      • posted by Jorge on

        Those “high school superheroes” promote positive body image, which I find infinitely more pleasing than positive gender identity. In the episode “Weight and See” (PR Turbo), the Pink Ranger overcomes a spell put on her when she believes taunts that she’s too big. Confronting the monster, she hefts up her breasts and flexes her biceps.

        I think it would be helpful for you to follow Rick Santorum as a model of communication in public settings.

        • posted by TJ on

          “Aww, Ricky. I wanna have my civil and political rights stripped away for being gay.”

        • posted by JohnInCA on

          Are you still finding ways to ignore that Santorum supported sodomy laws and has never recanted that stance?

          • posted by Jorge on

            The best way to block an attack is simply to let it land.

            You may not have more important things to do with your time than obsess on Rick Santorum’s controversy, but I do.

  5. posted by tj 3rd on

    Assuming that this wasn’t a setup, I not sure how the Huffington Post news article, was grossly inaccurate.

    Yes, I think that “photo bomb ” is silly word. I think lots of social media words are silly Dont get me started on the state of our educational system

    But, the hot issue here, Is this photo the beginging of good LGBT rights policy?

  6. posted by Fritz Keppler on

    Well, here is his own description of the event.

  7. posted by Tj 3rd on

    Yes! The Gay Subtext in the Power Rangers is certainly more important that real life.

    • posted by Jorge on

      Art history is an indispensable part of life. You’d think a gay non-conservative would believe that.

      • posted by JohnInCA on

        Y’know, the whole Power Rangers thing is a weird tangent that I have no feelings on (everyone’s got hobbies).

        But this comment about art history being “an indispensable party of life”? Sorry, but no. It’s part of being a *fan* to blather on about the history of it (I can talk for hours about how the Comic Code propped up the super hero genre of comics), but if you’re not already invested in the material then it really doesn’t matter.

        It’s no more “indispensable” then the history of how local sports team almost won important championship at some point in the past, making this year’s different championship so much more meaningful. Which is to say, some people will care, and derive pleasure/pain/whatever from training about it. But your life isn’t cheapened any if you never get past “sports ball” or “nostalgic kids show”.

        • posted by JohnInCA on

          *talking about it. Though I suppose folks that wiki-binge to make sure they have details right could be “training about it”, in a grammatically-strained way.

        • posted by Jorge on

          You’re entitled to your opinion.

          But if you expect me to sit idly by while someone sneers at mine, and you further expect that you can step in and the intellectually or morally superior card, I have to call you out on your obsession and your attitude. Your paean to your superiority has no foundation. Drop the attitude and leave me alone.

          • posted by JohnInCA on

            … you got all that from “art history isn’t indispensable to life”?

      • posted by tj3 on

        I’m not sure I classify the Power Rangers as on par with the likes of classic art or literature.

  8. posted by tj3 on

    Now, if he was talking about Doctor Who or the Japanese Spiderman series that inspired the Power Rangers…

  9. posted by TJ3 on

    The Comic Code of Authority, much like the Hollywood Hays Code or the content guidelines for video games, can be quite fascinating.

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