"Extremist, intolerant, hateful bile" is just one of the typical accusations thrown around by gays at each other on the website Pink News.
What started as an article about the Gay Pride parade in Tel Aviv last month degenerated into a slanging match of Olympic standard. "Sickening...disgraceful...ashamed ....uncaring airheads...sheer hypocrisy...." were among the milder terms.
An Irish reader named Paddy kicked off with: "This disgraceful story and the reaction to it by people supposedly concerned about rights, Gay or otherwise, is sickening. What about basic Human Rights of the Palestinian people? It makes me ashamed to call myself a gay man and to be associated with such uncaring airheads."
He called the Israeli gays "A few dozen pampered Israeli queens" who "mince about in Tel Aviv," and he went on, "What the phuc is the matter with you people. Children are starving and dying in Gaza while all you can think about is a what amounts to a meat market in Tel Aviv….. Y’all should be thoroughly ashamed of yourselves. Some I am not surprised at but there are one or two who have disappointed me greatly and you know who you are……Shame on you all…...Frankly you don’t deserve the air you breathe."
After that, the conversation got a little heated. One reader announced that Israel "flaunts Human Rights of Millions……" (presumably meaning flouts?) Several contributors said that they would call the reportage "pinkwashing", a neologism which apparently suggests that gay versions of events may sometimes be suspected of bias. Put it in your vocabulary books, children.
Paddy was accused of being a "a well-disguised racist" and another reader, named Gary, advised, "“you should take your head out of your ass, excuse me, you arse, and learn before you type some garbage that you clearly know nothing about.” This prompted Alon to write: “please keep it civil, even if you’re full of hate.”
Samuel B. wrote, “It is often said on here that gay men can be incredibly self-obsessed, naive and ignorant – or deliberately blind – to inconvenient truths.”
I wonder where he gets that idea?