Poe’s Law at work…

LZ Granderson has a good op-ed at CNN.com.  He doesn’t say anything surprising. Just the standard, sensible reasons why gays should have equal rights. You know, the kind of thing that people who use their brains all believe. I won’t rehash what he says, since I’m sure anyone who doesn’t have mashed potatoes between their ears has already said all the same things themselves a million times only to have it glance off the skulls of whatever bigot they’re trying to have a conversation with.

What caught my eye, though, was in the comments section. I honestly can’t tell if this is serious or not:

Homosexuals are disgusting. I know a guy who was driving to Florida and he stopped on the side of the road to take a leak. He stumbled upon a gay sex party and tripped over some guys doing it. Then the cops came and arrested everyone. He wasn’t even part of the gay party but they still brought him in. Like I said, homosexuals are disgusting

I…I’m speechless. The story clearly can’t be true. I mean, why would he stick around to get arrested rather than, you know, get back in his car and leave immediately? I mean, did he just see the gay party by the side of the road and decide to stick around for a while just for shits and giggles? How did he not see two people buttfucking each other until he was tripping over them? And who has “gay sex parties” by the side of the road? And the guy pissing by the side of the road isn’t the disgusting one in this story?

But as stupid and obviously false as it all is, I still can’t shake the uncomfortable and depressing feeling that there are plenty of people out there who are stupid enough to say something like this in all seriousness. In fact, the fact that it’s so stupid and so obviously false is exactly what makes me think that it’s just the kind of thing that some right wing bigot out there actually believes. Stupidity and falsity are exactly the kind of qualities they look for in beliefs when they’re hammering out a worldview.


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