Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Christian Conservatives Should be More Sex Positive

Ted Cruz has never been a sex positive individual. He seems to be unhealthy in his repression of sexual urges and I'm not even going to get into what his old college roommate had to say about him.

When I first heard that Cruz's Twitter account had "liked" a snippet of pornography freely available (or pirated, if you want to be politically correct) on the Internet, it made me think of what happened during the 2016 GOP primaries when his campaign was excoriated for hiring Amy Lindsay (who, to my knowledge, has never done hardcore pornography) to appear in a campaign video.

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None of this matters if you're a Democrat, right? Anthony Weiner fans, go away. Shaming Lindsay for her work ignores the fact that it's incredibly difficult to break into the entertainment industry. I don't care what she did, and neither should you. Using shame against someone, whether they are conservative or liberal, is weaponizing misogyny and we don't need any of that crap.

Everything going on with Cruz right now leads us back to the work of the great David Simon:

The Wire is one of James Franco’s favorite TV shows, so when he had the opportunity three years ago to meet creator David Simon for a potential role in his HBO mini-series Show Me a Hero, he jumped at the chance. That didn’t work out, but Franco asked Simon then if he had other projects in development they might be able to work on together. Simon mentioned the kernel of an idea for a TV series about the old 42nd Street in New York and the birth of the porn industry.

About six months later, Franco read Difficult Men, a book about the showrunners of the most recent Golden Age of television — including David Chase, David Simon, David Milch, Vince Gilligan, and Matt Weiner. “I love this book,” he told Vulture during an interview in Los Angeles in July. “It changed everything for me because it really tracked the way that The Sopranos and then subsequent shows, like The Wire, revolutionized storytelling and television with fewer numbers of episodes. When you have 8 or 10 or 12, it’s like, wow. You can really focus the drama. So I called David up, and I was like, ‘Remember that show that you’re doing? Can we do it?’ I think David got excited about it at that point and said, ‘Okay, let me start this whole thing.’”

That thing is HBO’s new series, The Deuce, which is co-created by Simon and George Pelecanos and premieres Sunday, featuring Franco as twin brothers Vinnie and Frankie Martino, who are based on real-life twins that owned bars in Times Square in the ’70s and found themselves at the center of the rise of the now-billion-dollar porn industry. Franco, who also serves as an executive producer, directed two episodes. He spoke to Vulture about his experience.

The pornography created in early 1970s New York City has found its way into the culture in virtually every single way imaginable--our art, literature, advertising, entertainment and the way we view human interaction and sexuality has been affected in some way. The Christian Right has spent decades trying to make people feel guilty about sex. They have used this as a wedge issue to make people hate themselves and hate each other for watching something their eyes understand to be love. Wow, that was too much--Red State people look at tons of hardcore cuck porn and a lot of gay porn. That's what I meant to say. And you can't look at the modern clothes, the movies, or the television shows that have been affected by the grit and grime of that era without knowing who pimp-slapped who and why that camera angle looks better inside of a cramped hotel room and how come it shows up in movie after movie. Making people feel ashamed of this is wrong.

If we weren't so hung up on it, we'd have healthier interactions with one another. Cruz has spent his career finding a way to get hung up on everything. He's very judgmental about basic human sexuality and can't seem to find a positive way to express himself. And don't even get me started about Ted Cruz and show tunes.

We all need to acknowledge the hypocrisy of being "shocked" an adult male in 2017 has view naked people stuffing carrots into muffins while having a browser full of it ourselves. You can be prude or crude, but let's stop pretending there's nothing going on after hours. 

I'm not going to make fun of Ted Cruz without admitting that I'm an adult male in 2017 who has seen naughty things on the Internet. Anyone who says otherwise, laugh right in their face.

Oh, and we're not doing phrasing anymore?

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz told reporters Tuesday it was a "staffing issue" that led to a pornographic video being "liked" by his Twitter account -- which has since been removed.

"It was a staffing issue and it was inadvertent, it was a mistake, it was not a deliberate action," Cruz said, according to The Washington Post. He added: "We're dealing with it internally but it was a mistake, it was not malicious conduct."

An aide to Cruz confirmed the comments to CNN, adding that there would be an internal effort to figure out who was responsible. 

Cruz declined to comment when asked by CNN about the incident.

He blames his staff? Really? Double entendre much?

Mocking Ted Cruz should have one goal in mind--electing Beto O'Rourke to the United States Senate. There, I said it. I'm also a Democrat. It's 2017, and admitting you are a Democrat is worse, to some people, than admitting you follow a silly porn star on Twitter. I'm not ashamed of either thing, and no one else should be ashamed of being human.


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