Make no mistake about what I am going to say.
I hate Ann Coulter and everything she stands for. The only positive thing I can say I have learned from anything she has ever written is how to edit potentially sketchy material to somewhat libel proof it within the US.
I have long read her as being either transsexual or transgender, most probably the former. I have wondered why with her money she hasn’t had certain work done.
That said many of the things Ann Coulter says in attacking certain people remind me of all too many of the “classic transsexuals” and their reification of ultra conservative standards regarding matters of sexuality as well as masculinity and femininity. Live by the sword, die by the sword. The poison one puts out has a way coming back.
Therefore I should perhaps consider it poetic justice when Keith Olbermann lays into Ann Coulter and trannie bashs her.
See Raw Story:
Olbermann says he backs Ann Coulter living ‘his’ life as a woman
By David Edwards
Friday, February 19th, 2010 — 9:00 am
In a column about Iran’s potential nuclear capability, Ann Coulter also criticized Keith Olbermann, Richard Wolffe and Rachel Maddow.
In response, in a segment about those he disagrees with — which he turned on its head Thursday night — Keith Olbermann dubbed legendary conservative maven Ann Coulter a “guy.”
“Our winner” of the not worst person in the world segment, Olbermann declared, was “Coultergeist.”
“Of me, [Coulter] writes, ‘after donning his mother’s housecoat, undergarments and fuzzy slippers,’ then, ‘Olbermann’s even creepier sidekick androgynous Newsweek reporter Richard Wolffe,’ then, ‘his most macho guest Rachel Maddow.””
Olbermann noted what he called “Coulter’s continuing self-relevatory obsession with sexual identity,” and said her writing “really suggests a helluva back story in her own life.”
“All I have to say about Ann Coulter is this,” the MSNBC host quipped. “If this guy wants to live his life as a woman I’m going to back his choice up 100 percent. Coultergeist, today’s not worst person in the world.”
This is ugly and vile on the part of Keith Olbermann, a commentator I generally respect. I am glad I opted to watch the Winter Olympics instead. A couple of years ago Keith’s enthusiasm regarding Obama and near misogyny regarding Clinton caused me to tune him out for months.
All I can think of regarding this attack on Ann Coulter is that trannie bashing is one of the last forms of bigotry permitted among otherwise progressive left wing people whether it is from feminists or from male lefties or even from gays and lesbians. It is still acceptable to use someone’s being either transsexual or transgender as a club to beat them up with.
Would Keith have used race if Ann Coulter were a person of color? Would he have lesbian bashed her if she were a closet lesbian?
Outing when done by Mike Rogers, who regularly outs closeted gays who are engaged in actions harmful to the LGBT/T communities shows how the facts can be stated without using them in a manner that closely resembles the actions of those who brutally attack and injure LGBT/T people.
Keith engaged in an ugly form of bigotry and hatred.