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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

The Never Ending Parade of Stupid

This is going to be a long post, not because of my writing ability and thoughful opinions, but rather because of the ability to copy and paste.

I read an opinion by John Corvino about the "never ending parade of stupid," Motormouth Maybelle's (Queen Latifah) line from Hairspray predicting the problems her son Seaweed and his white girlfriend Penny might encounter because of their interracial relationship.

Then I remembered reading yesterday about state (Florida) representative Bob Allen (R) who was recently arrested for soliciting gay sex ($20) in a washroom in a park.

Allen has a history of supporting legislation against LGBT equality. He was also the co-chair of John McCain's presidential campaign in Florida. Was.

In statements released by the police Allen admits to the charge but says he only did it because he was afraid of the high number of blacks in the park. What?

So while sufering from "black panic" (he was afraid he was "about to be a statistic,") (and, as opposed to the "gay panic defense" often used in assault and murdercases where gays are targeted) he propositions "a pretty stocky black guy" (Allen's words) for oral sex, and suggests a place where they can go. Trouble is: the stocky black guy is a cop.

Now if this is not part of the "never ending parade of stupid" I don't know what is.

Here is the whole story:
But I copied it here:
(Tampa, Florida) State Rep. Bob Allen (R), a longtime foe of LGBT rights in Florida, has a bizarre excuse for being charged with offering a male cop $20 for oral sex in a washroom at a park.

He was busted last month in a sting at Veteran's Memorial Park in Titusville, Florida.
In taped statements made by Allen to police following his arrest and released by the force Allen admits to soliciting the male officer but claims that it was the result of being nervous by the high number of black men in the park.

"I certainly wasn't there to have sex with anybody and certainly wasn't there to exchange money for it," Allen told officers.

Of the arresting officer Allen said in the tape, "This was a pretty stocky black guy, and there was nothing but other black guys around in the park."

He claimed he feared he "was about to be a statistic" would have said anything just to get away.
But on the tape Allen also admits warning the undercover cop that "undercover cops" were in the area and the man should be careful.

"I said they're around here, you ought to know about that."

He only realized he was talking to an officer when he flashed his badge.

The arresting officer's handwritten report on the arrest also was released by the force.
Titusville Officer Danny Kavanaugh who was on plainclothes duty says he observed Allen entering the washroom twice. Kavanaugh said he was drying his hands in a stall when Allen peered over the stall door.

The officer's report said that after peering over the stall a second time, Allen pushed open the door and joined Kavanaugh inside. Allen muttered "'hi,'v" and then said, "'this is kind of a public place, isn't it,'" the report said.

Kavanaugh wrote that he asked Allen about going somewhere else and Allen suggested going "across the bridge, it's quieter over there."

"Well look, man, I'm trying to make some money; you think you can hook me up with 20 bucks?" Kavanaugh wrote in the report that he had asked Allen.
The Republican lawmaker, the report said, replied, "Sure, I can do that, but this place is too public."

According to Kavanaugh's statement, the officer said, "do you want just (oral sex)?" and Allen replied, "I was thinking you would want one."
It was at that point Allen was arrested.

Ironically, Allen was the Police Union's 2007 Lawmaker of the Year.

In the last session of the Florida legislature he sponsored a failed bill that would have tightened the state's prohibition on public sex. He also has been a supporter of amending the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage and has opposed a bill to curb bullying of gay students.
Allen has been charged with solicitation for prostitution, which has a maximum penalty of one year in jail.

Prior to his arrest Allen was a co-chair of Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign in Florida, a position he has since resigned.

And here is John Covino's column:

Hairspray, Race and Gays

John is a philosophy professor at Wayne State University in Detroit.

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