A Month Of Rage Against Pride
Led by sports blogger John Simmons, the Media Research Center used the occasion of Pride Month to repeatedly spew hate and contempt at the LGBT community (and drag queens).
By Terry Krepel
The Media Research Center hates LGBT people at least as much as it hates non-right-wing media outlets. It's been ramping that hatred up over the past couple years, with particular contempt directed at transgender people in general and particularly athlete like Lia Thomas. So when Pride Month rolled around in June, the MRC decided to unleash a monthlong campaign of anti-LGBT hate.
The point man for this project was sports blogger John Simmons, who was one of the MRC's top Lia Thomas-bashers. He started things off on June 1 with a massive whine setting up the rest of the month for him:
It’s June 1st, which means that sports leagues across the nation can officially gush about celebrating Pride Month.
Simmons never explained what this "gay agenda" is that he finds so offensive. On June 6, Simmons cheered that a group of baseball players were as hateful and homophobic as he is:
Because we are in the midst of Pride Month, it's unfortunately normal to see professional sports teams hold their annual Pride Nights. On Saturday, the Tampa Bay Rays had theirs, in which they included LGBT people in pregame events and handed out pride flags to the 19,000+ fans in attendance. In addition, the “TB” and sunburst logos on the Rays uniforms were rainbow-colored to show an added level of support.
Simmons tried to further justify the hate by quoting the Bible himself: "Romans 1:26-27 states that homosexuality is unnatural and sinful and should not be condoned in any way by followers of Christ. Wearing pride flags or pride logos does just that." Simmons didn't explain why LGBT people must have hate spewed upon them everywhere at all times, which is what he seems to be advocating.
The same day, Simmons had a separate meltdown:
Carolina Panthers fans will have quite the surprise on the sideline during the upcoming season.
When Lindsay posted a picture of herself on Instagram with the caption "Understand that we are all Gods children, that he is an awesome God from sun up to sun down. I live through him. Negative hate stay away," Simmons took served up all the negative hate he could muster and hurled more Bible verses:
It’s funny that Lindsay mentions he lives through God, because nowhere in Scripture do we see that God condones or approves of anyone that changes their gender. God created all people to either be male or female (Genesis 1:27) and any attempt to switch your gender based on how you feel is an act of rebellion against his created order. So Lindsay isn’t doing something that pleases God, and his attempt to get others to empathize with him and his actions further adds to the twisted nature of his actions.
But spewing hate at someone just because they're different from you isn't even more disgusting, John?
In a June 7 post, Simmons touted the notoriously homophobic (his denials to the contrary notwithstanding) Franklin Graham as supporting those Tampa Bay pitchers who petulantly refused to wear the LGBT jerseys, going on to huff: "If anyone is offended by the gracious, humble, and truthful response these men gave, then that is on them for having an immature and unhealthy response. What these men have done is praiseworthy, something Graham recognized and we should too." Of course, hate delivered in a "gracious" and "humble" manner is still hate, and Simmons is cool with that.
On June 23, Simmons lashed out at yet another sports league for not hating LGBT people as much as he does:
The National Hockey League (NHL) was the last bastion for non-woke sports entertainment in America, but now, even they have gone completely off the deep end.
Not the scare quotes around "Christian," as if you're not a real Christian if you don't viciously hate LGBT people the way he does.
While the mere thought that there might be someone, somewhere who doesn't hate LGBT people might make Simmons a little itchy, you'd think he wouldn't want Pride Month to ever end because it gives him so much hateful copy that the MRC presumably pays him well to write. His hate is his paycheck!
Simmons also brought his transphobia to the month's proceedings as well. In a June 14 post, he hyped a poll claiming that many Americans oppose transgender women in sports:
In the midst of the Pride Month celebration of all things LGBT, it can be easy to think that most Americans are perfectly okay with how this ideology has affected every aspect of American life.
Simmons never explains why he calls being transgender an "ideology." Does he think his homophobia and transphobia is an "ideology" too?
Simmons kept up the MRC's hatred of Lia Thomas in a June 20 post:
Lia Thomas’ dream of swimming in the Olympics was spectacularly dashed after a ruling from the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA, translated “International Swimming Federation”) that became effective today.
Simmons whined in a June 20 post that international women's soccer may consider allowing transgender athletes, while also taking a misogynistic shot (as he's wont to do) at women's soccer: "Not many people watch women’s soccer to begin with, but the few who do might end up seeing men pretending to be women in the sports soon." The next day, he cheered a women's rugby league for banning transgender women; when women's soccer legend Megan Rapinoe criticized the move, Simmons huffed in response:
Sorry Rapinoe, but it’s not disgusting to look at what Lia Thomas is doing in swimming and think that something needs to change. It’s not cruel to see Connecticut high school track star Chelsea Mitchell lose to transgender opponents and want something to be changed. And it certainly isn’t wrong for FINA and IRL decide that the future of women in their respective sports leans heavily on what they do in this pivotal moment.
If your desire to ban transgender women is borne of irrational fear and hate, as it appears Simmons' desire is, then it can plausibly be labeled disgusting.
Meanwhile, Simmons found a new transgender athlete to spew hate at in a June 28 post:
Yet another transgendered "female" has seized opportunities for real women to succeed at elite levels within their respective sport.
Simmons' transphobia extended into the following month as well. In a July 7 post, he falsely portrayed Zambian soccer star Barbra Banda as transgender, misgendered her throughout the piece, and whooped that she was banned from a championship tournament for allegedly having too high of a testosterone level:
Yes, you read that right. A woman can’t play women's soccer because she - actually, he - has too many male chemicals in his system.
In fact, Banda is a biological woman as far as anyone knows but has naturally high testosterone, and she has had no problem playing in other tournaments.
Simmons' fellow anti-LGBT sports blogger, Jay Maxson, took some time away from spewing hate at Brittney Griner to contribute his share of hate as well. Maxson complained in a June 7 post:
It may take a Parliamentarian to explain the convoluted rules, but two transgender men dusted the field in a London cycling event a few days ago. They kissed on the podium as the third-place finisher, a woman holding her baby, looked on. It’s a sign of the times in a great big gender-convoluted sporting world.
There's even more hate from Maxson to come.
A month of drag queen hate
Since June was Pride Month, that was code for the MRC as a whole to be as hateful to LGBT people as it could muster -- and particularly against drag queens. Intern Michael Ippolito unleashed the nasty "grooming" smear in a June 6 post:
The left’s obsession with grooming children is in full throttle during Pride month.
Ippolito grew even more hateful two days later about another drag event:
The pride month drag show for children at a Dallas bar last weekend is rightly infamous. But out in Phoenix, the grooming got underway a whole day earlier.
In a June 10 post, Ippilito bizarrely smeared former "Wonder Woman" Lynda Carter as a "has-been" for not hating drag shows as much as he does:
Hollywood lefties hate Christians, and never pass up a chance to show it. Following a spate of incidents of children participating in drag shows, they’re showing what they hold sacred.
Actually, Kevin Sorbo is the best example of that.
Catherine Salgado took up the drag-bashing baton in a June 13 post:
Google sponsored a disturbing LGBTQ+ “Pride” and drag event in Austin, Texas, which was billed as “family-friendly,” according to the Rainbow on the Creek web page.
Salgado went on to huff, "Google also has a history of pandering to radical LGBTQ+ ideology and censoring those who criticize it. " If being LGBTQ or a drag queen is "ideology," does that mean the MRC's irrational hatred of them is an "ideology" too?
When all this right-wing anti-LGBTQ hate was pointed out, the MRC freaked out about that too. Kevin Tober whined in a June 14 post:
On Tuesday’s Deadline: White House on MSNBC, host Nicole Wallace once again proved that she will distort reality and twist facts to further her left-wing political agenda. This indisputable fact was on display when she gathered her panel of miscreants to discuss the troubling incident over the weekend where over thirty men linked to the white supremacist “Patriot Front” were arrested in an attempt to disrupt a “Pride Month” event.
Tober never explained why this isn't true; he just whined that the linkage was made.
As part of a hate-filled June 15 anti-LGBTQ rant about how the NFL is "a queer lesson in advanced decadence and wokeness," Maxson whined:
Featuring rainbow “W” helmet logos, the Washington “Commandants” [sic] tweeted that Sunday’s spectacle in decadence was so much fun. Especially for young children, who were “treated” to drag queen story time. This kind of sordid event would make a welcome addition to the NFL’s “football is gay, lesbian, queer, transgender” campaign.
In a June 17 post, Alex Christy complained that drag legend RuPaul pointed out the anti-drag obsession by right-wingers like Christy is (correctly, one might argue) seen as a diversion from gun violence that they are on the wrong side of:
For RuPaul, it isn’t a question of whether these events are to sexualized for children or promote gender confusion in easily impressible youth, but “this is a diversion tactic to do, take the narrative away from the gun debate into something to scare people into thinking about something else. Andand-- they've been successful. They have changed the narrative away from the gun debate into this drag queen thing.”
Elise Ehrhard lashed out at fictional drag queens -- and fictional gay people -- attacking a June 20 post in the "sexually charged gay teen series" on Disney+, Love, Victor":
Disney should just rename Pride Month "Groomer Appreciation Month," because the third and final season of Love, Victor again promotes inappropriate interactions between minors and adults. It also insults the beliefs of major world religions and even makes a joke in one episode of risky homosexual promiscuity involving teen boys.
Maxson returned -- and played dumb about who is really obsessed with drag queens -- in a June 22 post:
The left’s obsession with drag queens continued at recent pride night events hosted by the New York Mets and Boston Red Sox. It’s just part of making the “right people” uncomfortable, SB Nation Outsports writer Ken Schultz said Tuesday.
Jorge Bonilla used a June 22 post to complain that a Miami Herald published an editorial pointing out Republican hypocrisy in demanding full parental authority over their children but threatening to jail parents who take their children to a family-friendly drag show, though he mostly tried to play gotcha that the the editorial didn't appear in the Spanish-language edition of the paper:
The primary reason behind this glaring omission is that running this editorial in Spanish would in fact expose Hispanics to the left’s ongoing attempts to normalize the attendance of children at sexually explicit drag shows. Good luck trying to explain to a socially conservative Hispanic family what the “it” is that “won’t lick itself”, or why they’re bigoted transphobes for believing that their grade-school children should neither be sexualized nor exposed to trans stripping.
Bonilla didn't identify any example of "trans stripping" that any child was being exposed to. Still, he thought so much of his gotcha attempt that he also wrote his post in Spanish.
Gabriela Pariseau spent a June 23 post complaining that "Big Tech" is "censoring users who oppose the transgender narrative" and spreading "biological truth," also cheering that the notoriously anti-LGBT Libs of TikTok account targeted drag queens:
Libs of TikTok tweeted a “MEGA DRAG THREAD” exposing the proverbial sewage leftists have been trying to feed American youths this June.
"The transgender movement has no shame in attempting to indoctrinate children for its cause, and Big Tech has no qualms aiding and abetting," Pariseau ranted, demonstrating that she doesn't know the obvious difference between a transgender person and a drag queen.