Sunday, January 22, 2012

Santorum Glitter-Bombed Twice this Week

Ho-Hum. Rick Santorum was glitter-bombed this week. Twice. The first incident was by GLBT activists in South Carolina. He was stumping for the GOP nomination at a water park when approximately 20 GLBT protesters began chanting and tossing glitter into the air:
At an unseen cue, the protesters, who had stayed quiet until then, tossed glitter skyward and began shouting indiscernible slogans toward the podium. As police officers escorted them to a spot roughly 100 yards away, they took up a refrain of "Put the queers in the back!"

Arsenio McCormick, one of the protesters, said he wanted to ensure that lesbian, gay, transgender, and bisexual people were included in the political process during the buildup to the GOP primary contest in South Carolina on Saturday. He said it was clear that Santorum and Newt Gingrich were competing for the social-conservative vote in South Carolina, but that Santorum was more sincere.

These glitter-bombers seemed more interested in tossing glitter into the air and making a commotion as opposed to covering Santorum with sparkling glitter. I can't say the same about a second bunch of glitter-bombers, also in South Carolina. This particular batched of glitter-bombers identified themselves as members of the Occupy movement. Towleroad does a great job of summarizing this latest incident:
As the former senator signed autographs, they glitterbombed him, or almost did (it looks like they might have missed), and were dragged away by security personnel while screaming "occ-u-py, occ-u-py." Santorum was all smiles.

Once the Occufolk were out of the hall -- and well out of Santorum's earshot -- they began chanting "bigot, bigot, bigot." One young woman appears to have then glitterbombed one of the security personnel, demonstrating -- well, who knows what she was demonstrating? Presumably not solidarity with America's working stiffs. One young man then screamed "occupy is everywhere," and the Occufolk took up the cry. In the CBS video of the glitterbombing, the protestors then disapeared down a stairwell, and were followed a moment later by a final Occugirl who, in her descent, began a solo chant of "bigot." She cast a last look at the camera, said "You're not welcome in South Carolina," and then was gone, followed by the dismayed stares of South Carolinians.
Once again, I really don't see the point of glitter-bombing political and religious opponents. It's juvenile and borderline assaultive. At least the glitter-bombers in today's first incident were less about hitting Santorum with glitter and more about protesting his campaign. It's still silly and really doesn't seem to faze Santorum, but he's still not getting covered with unknown substances.

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