Now, don't thank me yet for this invaluble lesson in US politics. Previously, the vacancy of American Emperor has only been open to middle-aged Aryan Men of the Republic of Texas, but for the 21st century, the competition has been opened up to (shock!) Women and (gasp!) Black Men. It seems that Black Women will not be allowed to enter the competition until 2050 (citation needed).
One of the candidates is someone called Barack Obama (the other one is someone called Hilary Clinton, no relation to previous Emperor of the World, Billy Jean Clinton). It had seemed to me that this Obama character might be the best candidate for Emperor of the World, despite the fact that when he opens his mouth he sounds exactly like all the other politicians, and he manhandles babies he doesn't know too (incidentally, in this day and age, isn't it a bit of a no-no for strange men to kiss your children?) And then I stumbled upon this apparently innocent morsel of news on the Jolly Good Blog Rod 2.0.
Have you all gone away and read it? Yes? Excellent! As you will have read, Mr. Obama thinks the Omar Little character in The Wire is a "great guy" - personally, I think Omar Little is a gay icon, one who should take his pistol and blow out the brains of Sad Trash like Kylie and Madonna, et cetera - but that's another story.
Why then does the story make me uneasy? Surely, as Mr. Rod 2.0 says, it's great to hear a presidential candidate embracing this Gay Icon? Well, yes, it is nice. But Mr. Obama destroys any positive to be gleaned from the story by uttering the words: "That’s not an endorsement."
Excuse me? What, precisely, doesn't Mr. Emperor-Elect endorse? The fact that Omar Little is a gun-totting criminal? Or is it the fact that Mr. Omar Little is a Homosexual? Let's not beat about the bush here kids, it's the latter. Obama can't be seen to endorse homosexuality. Nor does he have the balls to stand up and do so - even if he was so inclined, which I doubt.
Neither can any of the other candidates in this grotesque, all-about-the-dollar race for the White House. They're all, at best, horrible, middle-American, family-value hypocrites. None of them will stick their necks out and say it's okay to be gay. Not one of them are interested in protecting you, that solitary gay man amongst the herd of breeding livestock they call Families.
But Obama said it, "That’s not an endorsement." And he said it about an icon, a symbol of gay strength, gay individuality. And that makes me feel a little sick, and sad.