Maybe it's because I went to a men's college that I didn't get all up in arms about Captain Honors' sophomoric video for the USS Enterprise. Of course there were things in the vid clip that were offensive, stupid, and not particularly funny, but this is also part and parcel with military culture (trust me, I've spent time with my pops and his Marine Corps buddies, and I winced often). I am not convinced that relieving Honors from his command was the right remedy, if it was related solely to this video.
Yet, there are two aspects of this whole thing that I do find fascinating, if not a little annoying. First, I am sick and tired of people crying political correctness when people are rightly upset when someone uses terms like "nigger," and "faggot" in the ways that are indeed meant to hurt and demean. It's a defense of simply being offensive. "It's just PC bullshit that I can't call that faggot a faggot." But, I don't expect many who are quick to make that type of argument to understand my point.
Second, I really and truly do not understand the fascination that some straight men have with gay male sex, particularly if they say they are uncomfortable with the idea of gay sex. I don't obsess over straight folks having sex. Actually, I could care less, even though I am inundated with those images continually. I just find it strange, thinking of the Honors' video, that one would even be interested in creating images of simulated or implied gay male sex (way too many of my straight friends are completely sold on lipstick lesbian sex, but that is a wholly different issue). My guess is that when the ladies sharing the shower was shown to the carrier's crew, there were approving hoots, hollers and cat calls. And I am betting when the many more images of the guys being "gay" came up...well I don't think I need to explain it.
So, I am not bent all out of shape on this issue, but the responses and the silences have been fascinating to read (or not read). Oh, and for those supporters of Honors, is the support for allowing him to be offensive to gay folks (especially in light of the ending of DADT), protesting his removal from command simply because of the video, or something else? I wonder if more are offering support for the former, and using the latter (and more reasonable reason for support) as cover.