There’s a fun little comment thread over at Bill In Exile right now. The author of that blog is Scott, and I’ve written about him before, both to praise his insightful The Age of AIDS series and unpack his rant about BDSM play in public.
Well the bloggy bluntness continued last week when Scott posted the picture below with the headline, "One of These Things Is Not Like The Other."
In other words: "Look, A Black Person!"
A few of Scott’s readers got all miffed. It was only the second time Scott featured a black dude in his five years of blogging, and it wasn’t to say, "He’s hot," which is his typical rationale for posting a picture, but rather to say, "He’s black." And as if he hadn’t done enough to frame the black man as the other, Scott wrote that the man was "so black he’s positively blurple."
I’ve already published my thoughts on this subject. They are: rejecting millions of dudes based on nothing more than their skin color doesn’t necessarily make you racist, but it’s also not something you should openly advertise if you want to retain the "You’re super!" sticker on your gay card.
But who cares what I think; let’s go to the comments. Here’s a comment from one of Scott’s readers, who is black:
After discovering this blog this past weekend I’d decided it was one of the better blogs I’d seen in a long time, even if I didn’t see any black skin on the pages. Then I come today and see the first black man that I’ve seen on these pages AND that an UNCOMPLIMENTARY, MOCKING remark has been made about the color of that black man’s skin from the host. I wasn’t surprised though. I kind of expect it. Being a man of color born and raised in the south and now living in NYC for the past 15 years I can assure you that MANY of the gay white men (especially in NYC) that I’ve encountered in a social setting have been the most racist men I’ve ever come across in my 39 years. I’m happy to be born both black AND with same sex attraction because I can see the hypocritical streak in many gay whites when it comes to them wanting the same equality as their straight counterparts…
Or, Stanley, another way of looking at it is simply that I don’t like sleeping with, nor am I sexually attracted to, black men. But then, I guess that simple answer didn’t fit with your need to feel as if you are being abused and maltreated on the pages here.
But here’s the thing Stanley, you don’t see fat men on these pages and I don’t hear bears crying about how I’m anti-bear. And you don’t see Asians but I’ve got lots of Asian readers and none of them are accusing me of being an Asian hater. Nor do you see guys with one arm or one leg but the amputee crowd isn’t accusing me of overt amputeeism the way you’re accusing me of racism based upon your deep and insightful reading of this blog after just two or three days as a reader of it…
And maybe, just maybe, the reason you see lots of young, white guys on these pages is because THAT’S WHO I LIKE TO FUCK!
The next comment battle contestant was the author of Men of Color blog:
Really? All blacks? Bi-racial and blurple? Dark-skinned and light-skinned? Preppy and thug? Caribbean and African? Really? You’ve made a conscious decision to categorically reject an entire race of people? Why? Is it too much for us to ask you to defend that position?
To which Scott wrote that, come to think of it, he has fucked a few black guys in his day. But only light-skinned ones. And also Latinos! Anyway, the black gay go-go dancer Tray Eggzaviar added his own very special insight, which is that Scott is a "faggot." I win!
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