Thursday, May 15, 2014

Q Toon: Flipping Bad

Paul Berge
Q Syndicate
May 15, 2014
There was no shortage of LGBT news stories to cartoon about when I sat down at the drawing board this weekend. I'm glad I didn't try to come up with something about Clay Aiken's narrow lead in the North Carolina 2nd CD election which might have gotten into poor taste when the other candidate suddenly died.

Speaking of sensational singers, Conchita Wurst, a gender-bending Austrian contestant, won the current season of Eurovision, a televised singing contest, to the shock and horror of the Russian government. No kidding.

And of course, there was also the big story of Michael Sam receiving the news that he'd been drafted by the St. Louis Rams and kissing his boyfriend on live TV. So much has been said about The Kiss this week that there is little chance that anything I drew would not already have appeared somewhere else in the media. Even the Benham Brothers weighed in on it. Besides, I've already drawn about Michael Sam this year.

Who are the Benham Brothers? Why, they're the subject of this week's cartoon. Cable channel HGTV had planned to launch a house-flipping series about the telegenic twin real estate speculators. Then Right Wing Watch pointed out David and Jason Benham's antigay political activity, David, for example, had organized a rally against the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina to protest "demonic ideologies" such as "a homosexuality and its agenda that is attacking the nation."

HGTV decided it didn't want to associate with the Benhams any more, and the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy went livid (until distracted by The Kiss). But shed no tears for the Benhams, who are sure to successfully peddle their series to any of the various Christianist cable channels out there.


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