In the Grubisic piece that we read for Monday, I came across a statement made that put words into the mouths of the commentators. Their constant homophobic condemnation of Goldust's character brought about this summarization by Grubisic:
"Speak too loud and you will become a pariah, but be invisible and you are indistinguishable from us [heterosexuals] and effectively erase your difference."
As insidious as the intended meaning might have been, I find some truth in the second half of the logic. I read it as:
"Be modest about your sexual orientation ('be invisible') and we will all be indistinguishable from each other; there will be no difference between us."
I don't think the sexuality of a person is something to parade about, whether it be a hetero- or homosexual tendency, it's simply inappropriate to flaunt such a private issue. That aspect of all of our lives should be "invisible," or at least treated modestly. We should all be indistinguishable from one another with regards to sexual orientation, then, and equal as human beings, loved unconditionally. Based on this, I agree with the commentators that Goldust's behavior is way out of line, and he shouldn't be flaunting his (or his character's) sexuality in the ring. At the same time, their blind acceptance of ostentatiously displayed heterosexual desires is not acceptable either. If they want to condemn Goldust for being too sexually overt, they need to reexamine their view on other sexual manifestations. Scantily-clad women draped over the ropes, vying for the attention of young men in the audience should definitely draw some criticism from the commentators. Instead we get this (from the brilliant mouth of Jerry Lawler):
LAWLER: Sunny, she wants me. I can read her like a book, but I prefer the Braille edition.
(Sable wearing an extremely revealing outfit.)
LAWLER: I've seen more cotton on the top of an asprin bottle!
LAWLER: She (Alundra Blayze) has a million dollar body, but a ten cent face!
Okay, so Lawler might be a bit of an outlier, but I've never heard the commentators ever 1) suggest that a girl ought to tone down that explicit display of sexuality by dressing and acting more modestly or 2) condemn Lawler for being so overtly sexual (whereas they would condemn Goldust for similar comments directed towards other male wrestlers). There's definitely a double standard that can't be easily resolved while maintaining a homophobic attitude.