By Lori Heine
LGBT Americans found what many consider an unlikely champion when, on New Year’s Day in Gay Star News, the story broke that Glenn Beck had spoken up for us. He actually made the comments on CNN, in a conversation with commentator S.E. Cupp, when he called Russia’s new homophobic zeal “hetero-fascism.” Though many of us are probably not crazy about the context in which Beck made these remarks – downplaying the outrage against Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson for his recent anti-gay rant – it’s hard to argue that the Russian crackdown on gays isn’t worse.
“Do you know what’s happening in Russia?” Beck asked. “One of their biggest stars on television said that homosexuals should be put into the ovens alive. I didn’t think you could make the Holocaust worse but he’s like ‘Why the gas chamber? That seems a little too humane. Let’s put them alive in the oven.’”
He was referring to an actor named Ivan Okhlobystin, of whom most of us were probably previously unaware – and wish we never had to hear of. It is, however, a good thing that we have. As obnoxious as the remarks of an American TV star may be (Phil Robertson), they do indeed pale in comparison to one who, though in another country, advocates our torture and extinction.
“I will stand with GLAAD,” Beck said. “I will stand with anybody who will stand up and say that’s crazy. That’s dangerous. That’s hetero-fascism. That’s what it is. And we’re talking about Duck Dynasty? Really? Really?”
Many LGBT conservatives and libertarians wait with baited breath to see if GLAAD will, indeed, stand with Glenn Beck. Given its history of carrying water for liberal Democrats, that may be doubtful. Though Beck’s statement, on CNN, was preceded by one he made last month, when he said that President Obama should go to the Sochi Winter Olympic Games and “walk arm in arm” with openly-gay American athletes.
I must sadly predict that GLAAD will never stand with Glenn Beck on anything. LGBT Republicans, conservatives and libertarians will have to stand with him – even if we must stand alone. According to the old adage, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” Glenn Beck is proving himself to be anything but our enemy. He might – dare we think it? – even turn out to be our friend.