Professional heterosexual Randy Thomas was kind enough to define “homophobia” for us today over at the Exodus: Live Out Loud blog.
Homophobia is not some off the cuff comment about Tinky Winky. Homophobia is what you see happening in Iran.
By “off the cuff,” Randy means Tinky Winky was the title and subject of an article Falwell wrote and then published in The National Liberty Journal.
Just What did Falwell say?
[Besides the fact he carries a purse and gays like him] further evidence that the creators of the series intend for Tinky Winky to be a gay role model have surfaced. He is purple — the gay-pride color; and his antenna is shaped like a triangle — the gay-pride symbol.
I know most cases of homophobia aren’t technically phobias but let’s have a look:
phobia – an uncontrollable, irrational, and persistent fear of a specific object, situation, or activity.[*]
Falwell’s claim irrational? Naw…
Are Falwell’s attacks on gays persistent? What would possibly make you think that?
Dare I say he mouths-off so frequently it’s uncontrollable? It’s happened more than once.