With all due respect father, homosexuality is not thrown in our faces by the media, it is not a conspiracy it is reality. It is a part of our communities, they are folks at our jobs, at our schools, in our neighborhoods, in our families. These are our friends, compatriots, and comrades in a very real sense. It is not an us and them matter, is a a matter of ours, and we.
With likewise due respect, Habte, the question of the media's role in shaping public conception of this and other issues is something different than whether or not any one of us personally knows gay people. And in terms of media influence, it is something that the media outlets themselves sometimes even admit to
. Conspiracy? Nah. It is
reality, but it's the reality of how the media works to shape our opinions, rather than the reality of the demographics of this country. Pay very close attention to the Gallup poll linked in that story -- Americans believe that 25% of our country is homosexual!
Where do you think that idea came from? Is it because people on average have 25% of their family and friends who identify as gay? I don't think so.
For the majority of my life, I grew up 70 miles outside of the perceived "gay Mecca" that is San Francisco. I have been to the Castro district more than a few times in my life (as well as the Tenderloin, parts of the Mission, and other places I wouldn't have gone if the people I was with hadn't needed to go there for various reasons). So, recently, when a friend from church started talking about "all the gays in San Francisco", I felt the need to gently remind him that the vast majority of San Francisco is not gay. At first he did not believe me, and insisted, as is commonly (and wrongly) believed that 10% of the USA is gay, and that this percentage is concentrated in a few gay hotspots, of which San Francisco is the gayest example. When I told him that the United States is home to roughly 300 million people, so 10% would mean we have 30 million homosexuals in this country, and for San Francisco to be the "primary offender" then would mean that not only would EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THE CITY have to be gay (including babies and children), but that the city would need to balloon to about 30 times its current size (~900,000 people) to accommodate all of these gays (if, again, it were really the case that San Francisco is primarily responsible for the sudden explosion of homosexuality in this country...), he thought about it for a minute, shrugged, and said "Oh...well, yeah, I guess you're right. I thought there were more than there are, and I've never actually been to San Francisco, anyway. That's just the reputation it has."
So all that stuff about who or what is part of our communities...yeah...that really cuts both ways, and it's really not helped by the phenomenon of "overhyping" (for lack of a better way to put it) everything and anything homosexual that is very much a real feature of certain media outlets in this country. I'm certainly not asking that homosexuals be demonized or anything like that, but the drive to homosexualize absolutely everything (e.g., TV is gayer than ever
), to the point where it is not only overrepresented but actively promoted, is kind of hard to miss.