It’s just gotten very hot in New York. Around here, when the summer heat hits, things start to get crazy. But maybe not quite as crazy as FOX News wondering if a perfectly moment of respect-knuckling between Barack and Michelle Obama might be a “terrorist fist jab,” complete with ominous chords. It’s not clear exactly what source FOX’s E.D. Hill is relying on — or if she even has one at all — when she talks about how “everyone interprets this gesture differently” and includes “terrorist fist-jab” among the possibilities. I kind of suspect she just made it up to scare the people in this country who have somehow never seen two people touch fists as a sign of respect, celebration, greeting, or just as an alternative to a high-five. I mean, as Melissa points out, even Pat Buchanan has been on TV doing a fist-bump.
My other guess? FOX News has a quota system for its anchors where they have to concoct at least a certain number of rabid attack-journalist comments about the target of the week, and sometimes the well runs a little dry. Sometimes they have to make phrases up, and the “terrorist fist jab” is born.
On the other hand, maybe some random Freeper gave birth to this interpretation in a fit of lunacy; do let me know if any of you trace it back, because I’d like to know what they thought of Obama’s earlier shoulder-brushing. Does it mean “I’m going to eradicate the white people in this country just like these little flakes of dandruff?” Or maybe it’s a dogwhistle for the homosexual agenda. I’m sure there are all sorts of interpretations, and what is the media’s job if not to give voice to the total insanity of the far right and make it sound quasi-reasonable, fair and balanced?
It’s going to be a long election year summer.
In other horribly stupid news, some bouncers in Beverly Hills decided to throw a woman out of a bathroom and call her “it” because they thought she looked too masculine. It’s the trials of Khadijah Farmer all over again, and a month earlier this year. This time around, perhaps related to the fact that Tanya White is a fairly well-connected songwriter in Hollywood, she’s being represented by celebrity-lawyer Gloria Allred. Interestingly, Allred and White are only asking the hotel for an apology and a policy revision… but I wonder how many times that will have to happen, in how many hotels and restaurants across the country, before gender non-conforming folks can pee without being harassed?
It’s also worth noting that White and Farmer are both female-identified and female-assigned, and therefore have a very good case against the establishment’s notions of gender. Not everyone can rely on assigned sex, legal sex, or photo ID to back them up in situations like these. But that doesn’t change the fact that everyone has the right, and the bodily need, to access a bathroom in safety and peace when they have to go.