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The inevitable result of any anti-offensivity offensive is that it brings out the worst brats.
[I'm torn between using the term "brownskirts" or "brat worsts."]
This particular episode is like arguing about who the real Martian is.

The organizers of Free Pride Glasgow … have hit a snag in their mission to plan a totally inclusive event:
Some activists think drag queens are offensive to transgender people,
others think banning drag queens is offensive to transgender drag queens, and
still others think allowing only transgender drag queens is offensive to cisgender drag queens.

Re-read and absorb.
Got it? Okay, continue.

[E]vent organizers announced … that they would not be allowing [drag performances] this year because some transgender individuals found “some drag performance, particularly cis drag,” to be offensive because it “hinges on the social view of gender and making it into a joke.”

Well, duhhhh; that’s what traditional drag shows do.
It’s what people pay to watch (so I’m told).
Evidently, some non-cis think it’s kind of a minstrel show.
(What? Well, yeah, okay, reckon they dooo have a point.)

In the original statement, the organizers maintained that since they felt it would “not be appropriate to ask any prospective drag acts whether or not they identified as trans,” …

Hmmm, painted themselves into a corner with that pesky “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” eh?

… they would just cancel drag performances altogether. You know, just to make sure that no one would be uncomfortable.

Anybody think that’s gonna work?
Beuller? Anybody?

One problem: The attempt at appeasing transgender people who are offended by drag performers wound up offending transgender people who are drag performers. Whoops.

Okay, look, I reeeally hesitate to get into my confusion issues, here; but I kind’a thought that drag performers were just cross-dressers (if only for the performance), and that transgenders self-identified as ladies(ish) in all but reproductivity.
How can a transgender be a drag queen? Wouldn’t that be just, you know, dressing normally for them?
Mebbe I missed something. Anyway, [massages temples] back to our saga.

So, the group changed its policy again: “After a further consultation, trans drag performers will be invited to perform …. “The trans caucus and Free Pride as a whole thought protecting the privacy of trans drag performers was the most important thing …

Privacy?! Performers?
How are we s’post’a know if the lady on stage is a guy dressed as a lady, an ex-guy-now-a-lady dressed as a lady, or just a lady wearing too much makeup?
What about the audience’s rights, huh?

… but trans drag performers have let us know that letting them perform is more important to them,” ….

So much for principle.

All good? Nope. People are offended by this policy, too, because — you guessed it! — it’s not inclusive to the drag performers who do not identify as trans.

That would be legitimate drag queens, not the self-identifying ex-guys dressed the way they claim is now normal to them.

The group’s Facebook page has been flooded with comments expressing disgust at the updated policy: …
Some even went so far as to accuse the group of breaking the law:
“The Equality Act 2010 states you cannot discriminate on the basis of gender identity or sex,” …. “If you are hiring performers you cannot refuse to hire them because of they are cis. You can ask to see their routine before hiring them to remove anyone offensive (I would fully support that) but this is going against all the progressive work LGBT people have fought for for decades.”

Perhaps “‘If the law supposes that,’ said Mr. Bumble, ‘the law is a ass, a idiot.’” Chas Dickens, Oliver Twist, ch. 51

In fact, Free Pride Glasgow’s attempt at making sure the event was completely free of anything offensive wound up offending some people so much that they’re calling on everyone to boycott it altogether.

Boycotting, as opposed to canceling — a distinction without a difference, if’n y’ask me.

My take? Re-defining “normal” if fraught with peril.
Normal was considered normal for a reason.

And that, boys and girls, is why we can’t have nice things.


  1. firefirefire
    Posted July 21, 2015 at 12:22 am |

    I got about a third of the way thru this post before my head exploded,,,sorry for the mess.

  2. Fawkes News (#Snarknado)
    Posted July 21, 2015 at 4:56 am |

    Satire is simply impossible with Proggiez. They are so completely off the rails, it’s all over but the head shaking.

  3. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted July 21, 2015 at 6:11 am |

    OK. Da Judge says:
    Have a penis? Go to the men’s room.
    Have a vagina? Go to the ladies room.
    Can you sing and dance? On with the show.
    All the rest a ya’s, STFU and keep it in the bedroom.

  4. JoeBandMember ≠ (darn right I'm not equal to that)
    Posted July 21, 2015 at 6:32 am |

    I canna take no more, Cap’n.

    What they really want is for the whole world to line up and kiss whatever spot does not offend them.

    This WILL all be rectified, no, straightened out, no, fixed, no ……….oh, forget it.

    But it will be dealt with, and they can just be offended on that day.

  5. SondraK, Queen of SondraKistan
    Posted July 21, 2015 at 6:39 am |

    Who’s on first?

    And that, boys and girls, is why kids aren’t learning to do stuff like math and reading.

  6. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted July 21, 2015 at 7:33 am |

    JBM ^4
    C’mon, enlighten us loafers. Address things straight ahead. Don’t skirt the issue.

    Missy ^
    That got me to thinkin’ centipede, but that caused a spasm of head-shaking which got me to thinkin’ about a conga line composed of drag queens.
    Then it hit me:
    Oh, now, come onnnnn
    Scotsmen arguing about who gets to wear a skirt ?
    This is a country full of guys who look like hairy hentai schoolgirls.

    (What? Nah, that’s enough ethnic insultery for one comment. Gettin’ on the bus …)

  7. Posted July 21, 2015 at 9:16 am |

    Tigers. Tree. Sambo. Popcorn.

    (BTW, “normal” is a statistical abstraction.)

  8. mech
    Posted July 21, 2015 at 9:29 am |

    teh piranhas got the puddle to themselves and have no one left to bite but each other.

    Carry on.

  9. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted July 21, 2015 at 9:33 am |

    leelu ^^
    Yeah, my point is that we are now faced with those who want to change society by including within “normal” those outside the three-sigma points.

  10. Ironic in Denver
    Posted July 21, 2015 at 9:39 am |

    Would dressing like H-> make one a drag queen? For which biologically determined gender?

  11. Ironic in Denver
    Posted July 21, 2015 at 9:56 am |

    Fawkes 2: Satire is simply impossible with Proggiez.

    Yeah, that’s the huge disappointment in all this. How can you possibly satirize a Prog, when everything they do shark-jumps The Onion, and they continually strive to outdo each others’ jumps?

    Where’s the fun? I can’t tell anymore what’s news and what’s parody.

    Aside: a few years back I was sitting in a coffee shop drinking an expresso and reading a newspaper somebody had left. There was a half-page article on government efforts (this was before Obama) to revamp the U.S. nuclear arsenal to make it more environmentally friendly. (Seriously? It’s a NUKE!!! Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they are just not “environmentally friendly.” Radioactive glass is never “friendly.”) Despite it’s length, the article was short on particulars, so I never did find out what measures were actually being contemplated to friendly up our nukes; but I was having a great time, and snickering a lot, until I realized that I wasn’t reading The Onion… it was the Denver Post. Oops.

    By the way, if I were a Martian and did not have to live on Planet Earth, I would probably feel the same way about the Obama/Kerry Iran “deal.” It’s got to be satire, right? Nobody would actually agree to anything that ridiculous, right?

    Or take the comet landing Shirtgate: that’s got to be someone making fun of radical feminism, right?

    Or a white woman pretending so hard to be black she winds up heading a NAACP chapter? Satire, right?

    Or a grown-rich-throug-influence-peddling grandmother, running for POTUS as the fresh new face of income equality and anti-1%???

  12. Ironic in Denver
    Posted July 21, 2015 at 9:58 am |

    Alternative title for Doug’s post: “Pseudo-Cat Fight!!!”

  13. SondraK, Queen of SondraKistan
    Posted July 21, 2015 at 10:04 am |

    CISsy fight!!
    I win!

  14. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted July 21, 2015 at 12:32 pm |

    Transpussy riot
    Nip vs tuck

    Sometimes, it’s just easier to cope with the fact that 23 people are gonna be insulted.

  15. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted July 21, 2015 at 3:09 pm |

    ^IinD - Despite it’s length, the article was short on particulars, so I never did find out what measures were actually being contemplated to friendly up our nukes;
    The AF and Navy will buy electric tractors to pull the bomb loading carts. The tractors, carts and bombs will be painted with milk paint.
    The security teams will be armed with bows and arrows, not those noisy, scawy, smokey gun thingies.
    The bombers will run of veggie biofuel. (Navy already bragged about doing that)
    They haven’t figgered out how to propel the boomers without a reactor yet. Maybe a dolphin powered delivery system.

  16. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted July 21, 2015 at 6:08 pm |

    The thing that gets me giggling is they’re arguing about cis- non-cis drag queens in a Scottish accent!!!

    Crivens! Ya wee daft girly boy!! Ye can no wear yon frilly kilt unless ye do …erm, do no have.. wait … do have but ne’r mention yer twig n berries! But dinna fash yerself; they canno ask, anyway.

    Asides, nae one is actually offended, ye ken. They just worries about the foldin o’ the arms and the tappin o’ the feet of someone who might just maybe might be offended, ye ken.

    Ye dinna ken?

    Yeah. Me neither.

    If someone bothers ye, just kick ‘em inna fork.”

  17. Ironic in Denver
    Posted July 21, 2015 at 8:23 pm |

    ^ Claire made me snicker.

    ^^ Dick, I expect the electric tractors are powered by solar cells, and also the launch ignition systems. Dead of night? Cloudy day? What if they held a nuclear war, and only the other side came?

    But wait, a new, all natural, zero-carbon-footprint delivery system for nukes (Iran, beware, we’re ready for you now):

  18. mech
    Posted July 22, 2015 at 6:50 am |

    Claire, that was great! In the top ten for the decade, so far.

    Ironic^^ do the reindeer get offset credits for the methane they produce?

  19. ZZMike
    Posted July 22, 2015 at 12:28 pm |

    “Brownskirts” !!! Perfect!!!

    So many ways for the dear Scottish lassies to get their knickers in a knot.

    Looks like the long list of meta-genders that Amazon (or i it Facebook) have to select from is turning out to make a whole mess of subcultures, each with their own way of taking offense from the others.

    Maybe if each staged their own little do: The 2015 Cis-transgender-Transmorphic Pride Festival (and the 32 others beside).

    Scotland used to be such a nice place. Burly, hairy men in kilts throwing telephone poles around, Robert Burns writing poetry in an obscure language, fermented malt being turned into a noble beverage, …

  20. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted July 22, 2015 at 12:41 pm |

    mech ^^
    In Scotland, the chief of a meth gang is a meth thane.

    (What? Yeah, I knew that all that academic effort reading, studying, and watching Macbeth would pay off someday.)

  21. Ironic in Denver
    Posted July 22, 2015 at 8:49 pm |

    mech 18: do the reindeer get offset credits for the methane they produce?

    I was thinking that they could get surplus credits from Greenpeace activists, when said activists can be persuaded to lower their own output by giving up beans and other methane rich vegan diet components.