love letter to Alan Joyce today reveals a stunning lack of awareness even for Bolt.
“But there’s one other stereotype Joyce smashed. This tough, cool union-buster is also gay, sharing his life with a New Zealand man.Leaving aside the fact that this patronising comment is just as insulting to gays as the stereotypes he mentions, has Bolt considered the possibility that Joyce is choosing to identify as gay in order to get preferential treatment?
What a fine challenge to the notion of gays as effete, flighty and soft - a straitjacketing that limited the media careers of gay friends, keener to talk politics than showbiz”
“And, again, what a rejection of the role Labor wrote for Joyce as a Liberal zealot, conspiring with Tony Abbott”Really? How does that work? Did Bolt just admit that being gay is incompatible with being a Liberal zealot and/or conspiring with Tony Abbott?
“Stupid stereotypes. How they kill our possibilities. How they dull our reason”You can make your own joke about the irony of this coming from a man who writes about people who are too white to be aboriginal and continues to do so in a plausibly deniable fashion. Stereotypes dull our reason do they, Andrew? When did you figure this out?
We can see what Bolt is up to here. He’s preparing to make criticism of Joyce look like homophobia. He wants to protect Joyce from… well, people like him. I didn’t know Joyce was gay until this morning and I don’t care. It’s irrelevant. It makes no difference to the way I see him. I don’t care which way you swing. If you’re a decent person, then you’re a decent person and if you’re a prat, then you’re a prat.
The stereotypes that Bolt decries (for once!) reveal more about himself than anyone else.
Keep tearing at those straw men Andrew! Pretty soon, another one will fall down and crush you. Again.