Monday, June 30, 2014

Michelle Shocked Teams With Anti-Gay Activist Robert Oscar Lopez // Performs at Anti-Gay "Family Values" Event

There is this guy named Robert Oscar Lopez who has been trying to make a name for himself for the past couple years as a professional anti-gay activist. He has rallied against gay marriage in France and has testified against LGBT equality before several state legislatures. He has even tried writing gay erotica in the past.

I don't think I've written about him in the past, but his story is that his mom was in a closeted relationship with another woman throughout much of his childhood. He would spend time with his mom and her girlfriend and her girlfriend's family on weekends for many of his 'tween and teen years before the two women briefly lived together while he was in his late teens and before his mother's death. Lopez is apparently a bisexual man who is now married to a woman and raising at least one child together.

As noted above, he is trying to make a name for himself as a professional activist against same-sex marriage and gay parenting. He wants everyone to know that he had a bad childhood and that gay parenting is bad. In fact, he describes our children as modern day slaves to gay parents. Literally. Let's set aside the delicious irony of a bisexual dad who actively promotes the idea that LGBT parents are bad until another day.

Besides using himself as a one-person representative of all kids who had a supposedly crappy lesbian mom (who conveniently cannot defend herself due to being dead), he likes to whine about not being used by anti-gay groups to campaign against gay marriage and gay families. This linked article is one of his latest complaints about not being taken seriously as an anti-gay spokesman. In it, he complains that gay college students don't believe that he's as hot as other anti-gay spokesmen and that is why they don't listen to him. I will let you read the entire piece here.

I am really more interested in who he brought to join him at a family values conference at Stanford University: Michelle Shocked!

You might remember March 2013 when alt-folk singer Michelle Shocked surprised her typically progressive fans at a gig in San Francisco when she went on a "the world will be destroyed if gays are allowed to marry" rant followed by as assertion that "God hates faggots." Not surprisingly, her audience reacted poorly to this. Word spread and she refused to respond outside of a series of cryptic tweets about "truth vs. reality." Eventually, she lost a series of gigs, leading to a bizarre protest at the site of one cancellation by Shocked herself. Shocked eventually went on CNN's Piers Morgan Show and clarified that she is "not homophobic." She also was probably the most direct with her stated beliefs during this interview, but the damage had already been caused.

Given that Lopez and Shocked are both victims of the "gay mafia," he thought it would be a great idea to bring her along as an ally, supposedly to show Stanford's conservative students that they aren't alone in the culture way. Indeed, they apparently have an Occupy Wall Street protester/singer/songwriter on their side.

I should clarify that Shocked defined herself in an interview within this article as an anarchist who gladly takes on two separate "mafias": "Big Gay" and "Big Tech." It's actually an interesting interview and reveals that Shocked has a soon-to-be-published book titled Bootleg This.

I'm not sure about her current reading audience, but I cannot image that too many gay people are interested in reading about someone who went on an esoteric discussion of "truth vs. reality" on Twitter while explaining why she told her normally pro-gay audience that God hates faggots. Not to mention that she keeps offering up mixed messages about marriage equality. But I can't help but be curious about what she has to say. So maybe she has an audience after all.

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