Rob Ford’s sin against the catechism of gender correctness
"Did you hear Rob Ford is skipping the Pride parade because he'd rather spend a weekend at the cottage than celebrate our sexuality? can you believe it?"
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is not going to march in the Pride Parade this year, because the date of the parade conflicts with his lifetime tradition of spending Canada Day weekend at his family’s Muskoka cottage. “I’ve been going to Huntsville as long as I can remember,” Mr. Ford said. “Since I was a little boy, we always used to go up north to our cottage, and I’m carrying on the tradition that my father had.”
Good for Rob Ford. Canada Day is a day for all Canadians to celebrate their nation as a 34-million strong collective, not a small minority of people celebrating their sexuality. There are times when family trumps political work, and this is, or should be, unarguably one of them.
Mr. Ford’s decision should have been accepted with good grace, especially since he reassured everyone this was an exception to the rule. Instead, his opponents took the low road, implying that his perfectly reasonable decision was a deliberate insult to gays, for which Mr. Ford would have to “make amends.” Councillor Kristen Wong-Tam, whose ward is heavily populated with gays, called it a “grave mistake,” because it “sends the wrong message to the [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] community.” Councillor Janet Davis said that Mr. Ford was sending a clear message that members of the LGBT “don’t count in Rob Ford’s city.”
The knives that are out for Mr. Ford have nothing to do with this particular decision, though. The exaltation of homosexuality is second only to the reverence paid to unfettered abortion as a litmus test for political correctness amongst our cognitive and cultural elites. Rob Ford’s sin is that he does not believe in mixing politics with sexuality pride. Rob Ford is not a homophobe, but nor on the other hand does he think it is any particular honour to be homosexual. Many Canadians not schooled in the catechism of gender correctness agree with him.
His shameful rap sheet includes the fact that he did not march in the parade while he was a councilor — that’s ten whole years of not marching — and he has even had the temerity to argue against using city money for this (or any other) special-interest parade. It is too bad that certain members of the gay community reflexively take a zero sum attitude to any politician’s perceived lack of support. This incident is instructive. Francisco Alvarez, co-chair of Pride Toronto, said Mr. Ford’s absence is a missed opportunity to “strengthen his connection with the LGBT community,” and added rather ominously, that “if he never comes, well, I guess we can draw conclusions about that.”
In other words, if a politician is there, he is a friend to the gays. If he doesn’t march, he isn’t neutral in his feelings about gays; he must be a homophobe. Mr. Ford’s instincts were absolutely right when he argued against funding the Pride parade. Undoubtedly he will be asked to walk in the next Slutwalk parade. I doubt that Mr. Ford thinks that a woman’s right to dress and act like women whose business it is to arouse lust and get paid for satisfying it is a cause worth giving up a weekend in Muskoka. Or giving up a single precious moment doing anything else for. But you can be sure that if he is asked and refuses, he will be castigated by women’s groups as a sexist.
Pierre Elliot Trudeau said that the government should stay out of the bedrooms of the nation. He did not foresee that once the closet doors were opened wide, the bedrooms of the nations would spill over to occupy the streets of every major city in Canada. He did not foresee the day when politicians would almost literally be dragged into those bedrooms and forced to admire the antics going on therein.
Pride has no more legal and political ambitions to fulfil. The revolution is over. Pride is no longer about “support” for gays. Now it’s all about having gay-themed fun. They don’t need politicians for that. Some Pride participants do everything but have actual sex in public, and if tourists want to pay good money to see that, so be it.
Pride doesn’t need public money, any more than strip shows do. Millions of tolerant, non-homophobic Canadians find nothing to celebrate in lewd self-promotion. Rob Ford is one of them, I assume. He would do everyone a favour if he never marched in another Pride parade again. I bet there are hundreds of other politicians in Canada who secretly wished they had the nerve to follow suit.