Music: Your Monday Downer: Mandy Steckelberg & Stereotype humor
Mondays suck. So on most Mondays we give you a fun video to ease the pain. This Monday we’re asking you to think a little bit. Sorry. It won’t happen again.
The above video comes from queer comedian Mandy Steckelberg, who we’ve previously featured on the site for her song “I Hate Everyone.” The new video is called “I Love the Gays.” Mandy says its in response to Sarah Palins claims of “tolerating” the gays and I will admit it’s pretty funny. Indigo Girls, men who work in clothing stores… yup, who hasn’t seen a homo indulge in one or two of our own stereotypical behaviors?
But I would balk at any sentence of this song if it came from the mouth of a straight person. Mandy told me over email that she’s bi. This gives a little bit of a pass. However, almost every sentence of this song contains the same tired jokes about gay people that we’ve endured for years. What do you do when someone’s intentions are probably pure but their humor is outdated and potentially dangerous?
Mandy’s used gay-based humor before to a more intelligent effect (she has other good videos too) but I definitely can’t post “I Love The Gays” without asking you all some of these questions. So leave a comment below if you have an opinion on this.
Note: Some websites refer to Steckelberg as straight, but she identified as bisexual in an email to me which followed her original press release.
First time here? See what we're all about... Get involved... Send us a tip!...