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Maggie Gallagher’s Huge ‘Ender’s Game’ Hypocrisy

by David Badash on July 12, 2013

in Bigotry Watch,Civil Rights,Marriage,News

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National Organization For Marriage (NOM) co-founder and former Chair Maggie Gallagher has been writing — and sculpting the facts — about the massive “Ender’s Game” controversy on her National Review blog for two days running. Yesterday, Gallagher leveled charges of “McCarthyism” at anyone — gay or straight — who would consider boycotting Orson Scott Card’s film. Gallagher didn’t bother to mention in her post her former affiliation with NOM, nor did she mention Orson Scott Card is a board member of NOM, but she managed to write this:

It seems very strange to me that so many artists and people on the left are supporting the idea that to make art in the mainstream you have to have the right political opinions. This used to be considered the heart of McCarthyism: loyalty oaths for filmmakers as the condition forworking in the film industry. (These were imposed by the industry, not the government, remember, in response to public pressure).

I suspect this boycott will be a failure, like the boycott of Card’s video game and like the Chick-fil-A boycott, because most of the public is more concerned with questions such as whether those waffle fries are banging or not.

Noting McCarthy’s witch hunts were “an industry action driven by government action,”  Jeremy Hooper at Good As You deftly rebutted Gallagher’s poor grasp of history:

McCarthy was a Senator. His anti-communist witch hunts were an attempt by a Republican lawmaker to use the arm of government against his political adversaries. And the Hollywood blacklisting was absolutely, 100%, almost exclusively sparked by the government action of McCarthy and others.

So no, Maggie, people’s personal decisions about whether or not to see a film do not run parallel to a government’s attempt to stifle speech, expression, and crucial freedoms. And no, an author’s “right” to turn his vision into a Hollywood hit (which will spark sequels, book sales, and a LOT OF MONEY) is not a right on par with the freedom of blacklist era professionals to live without fear of unfair persecution from their government and/or industry.

As one commenter on Gallagher’s blog noted, the right has called for boycotts of these companies for their support of same-sex marriage alone:

  • Adobe
  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CBS
  • eBay
  • Facebook
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Google
  • Intel
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Levi Strauss
  • McGraw-Hill
  • Microsoft
  • Nike
  • Starbucks
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Twitter
  • Viacom
  • Walt Disney Company
  • Xerox
  • Zynga

Gallagher today continued her illogic. After finally disclosing her relationship to NOM, and continuing to ignore Card’s, Gallagher says “here’s what I believe about boycotts“:

It’s fair to boycott a corporation as a corporation for something that corporation does as a corporation.

I think it’s unfair, destructive, and wicked to boycott a whole corporation because of the personal beliefs of one member of that corporation.

I think its repellent to boycott or blacklist an artist because of his personal views. It’s the heart of McCarthyism to me.

I really have to call bull on that.

First, it’s not just Orson Scott Card’s “personal beliefs” that are the issue, it’s how he’s used his position, money, and power to fight against LGBT civil rights, and used his platform to demean and dehumanize same-sex marriage and LGBT people. Card for decades has waged a personal and professional war against same-sex marriage and the LGBT community, and, as he is on NOM’s Board, it’s probably safe to assume he has poured a good deal of cash into fighting our civil rights.

But even Gallagher’s colleague at the National Review, Kevin Williamson (not the popular TV series’ screenwriter,) calls bull on Gallagher:

With respect, Maggie Gallagher could not be more wrong about boycotts. If anything, the Right should be more assertive about voting with its pocketbook. Boycotts are a good and healthy exercise of civil society — and, with their power amplified by information technology and social media, they hold the promise of putting more power in private hands and less in that of regulators and bureaucrats.

(As an aside, I also object strongly to Maggie’s use of the word McCarthyism, for two reasons: 1. There’s an important difference between a private boycott and government persecution; 2. McCarthy was right.)

Of course, that last part, number “2″ really is emblematic of the radical right.

Bottom line: Gallagher is dead wrong, minimizes the work she and Card have dedicated years, if not decades, to, and, well, she knows better.

Frankly, I’m embarrassed for her.

 

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{ 8 comments }

sdfrenchie July 12, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Speaking of witch hunts, Maggie appears to be wearing all the favorite colors of witches. Perhaps it's because she is one. (No offense to good witches here.) Evil spills out of her mouth like a potion of bile and snake venom.

As for the list of companies the right is asked to boycott, we all know they're not boycotting Facebook or Microsoft because they love to argue on the left-slanting blogs, further rising our ire or sometimes our senses of humor.

The NOM will go the way of McCarthyism which, it seems, is what the NOM practices. They always point fingers that should be pointed at themselves.

We have to wonder about the mental conditions of the people on the right. Booing objecting Democrats in Washington, D.C.; screaming lunatics like Ted Nugent and Donald Trump; porcine bitches like Maggie Gallagher and her skin and bone colleagues Sarah and Ann (the lovebirds); and the major religions that have turned their backs on Christianity in favor of politics.

I say this to Maggie Gallagher: Find a man who can tolerate your bitter thoughts. One who will melt your heart and teach you about love instead of hate. If a man won't do it for you, find a woman. A loving woman who will take your mind off what you think the definition of marriage is. And then, stay the fuck out of everyone else's business and enjoy life because, with your current, astounding amount of hatred in your blood, it ain't going to be a long one.

Larry & Patrick July 12, 2013 at 12:50 pm

@sdfrenchie thank you for not including all of us that follow a Wiccan path in your comments….and as to Maggie needing to get laid……..ummmmmm…..yea not real sure on that one……even I don't have enough money to pay a stunt dick to handle all that loving!! LMAO……

Its ok though….the boycott will hurt the movie, will make a point, and since the Fa/g community has more money than NOM good luck to her on that one as well. See Maggs we are winning the WAR and we are coming after deadbeat, lying, malicious pieces of sh/it just like you!! If it makes you all warm and fuzzy to call me a mccarthyist so be it…..but actually I am a RABID Constitutionalist and will fight to my last breath for the FREEDOM guaranteed therein that YOUR people took from me.

Mykelbarber July 12, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Maggie is working out her own personal demons in the most public way possible. She's a pathetic, hypocritical, thieving, lying, extremist Catholic who just cannot seem to get over being left an unwed mother. She should look inward and heal herself rather than pontificate religious dogma and force it into legislation.

elizapar11 July 12, 2013 at 1:29 pm

She really needs to see a mental health expert. She needs to learn how to get along with others like a mature adult. You can disagree with others, that is your right. But you do not have the right to disrespect others for who they are. You do not have the right to deny others the same rights and privileges that you take advantage of and abuse. We are all Americans, the Constitution applies to everyone who is a citizen of the United States.
Religion needs to stay out of politics. If the churches and other places of worship want to be involved in politics then they shouldn't be exempt from taxes.

LEOINTHESUN July 12, 2013 at 1:52 pm

She needs to look into boycotting Krispy Kreme, so she can reduce the number of chins she has… just saying.

romulusnr July 12, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Wonder what Maggie's / NOM's position was on The Last Temptation of Christ… or Milk… or Brokeback Mountain… or I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry… or anything by Michael Moore…

rextiii July 12, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Maggie, now that she's not Maggie & Her Thugs – Team NOM, just can't seem to create a logical thread out of anything. When your mind is in a constant state of creating humanity as you wish it to be, avoiding truthfulness, to hell with integrity, must make it all up … things just fall apart, day after day. Hooper nailed it, as usual. McCarthyism – what a weird twisted mind she must have to even consider this as intelligent data worth sharing.

EdnaFurburger August 3, 2013 at 10:04 am

Just imagine the amount of '“reparative therapy" that would be required to make this women sexually appealing to heterosexual men, let alone homosexual.

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