Last week, the Washington Post published a front-page photo of two (gay?) men kissing in the courthouse’s “gay marriage line.” Many readers were furious. Today, Washington Post ombudsman Andrew Alexander determines once and for all whether this gay kiss ever even happened.
No, something else. He is determining once and for all… something else. Was it inappropriate for the Post to display this news photo of hot man-on-man sexy kiss time so prominently in its print newspaper, which America’s seniors read in the privacy of their own homes?
A few of the readers have engaged in rants, often with anti-gay slurs. One called me to complain about “promoting a faggot lifestyle.” Another complained about the photo in an e-mail to the two Post reporters who wrote Thursday’s story about the licenses: “That kind of stuff makes normal people want to throw up. People have kids who are being exposed to this crap. I will be glad when your rag goes out of business. Real men marry women.”
But most simply said The Post had offended their sensibilities by publishing the photo, especially on the front page.
Wrote Lee Miller of Columbia: “I would appreciate it if your cover pictures would not be so disturbing where my kids can see it easily on the kitchen table… please don’t shove this “Gay” business in our face. This is something that should have shown up on an inside page or two (without the picture).”
In comments to the ombudsman’s call-in line (202.334.7582), one reader said, “the picture of two guys kissing makes me cringe.” Another called it “ridiculous,” adding: “Put it on page 10 or page four, put it in the paper, but I do not like it right there where I can’t avoid looking at it.”
— No fucking gay faggots should be on the front page, stupid fucking faggots. Real faggots marry women.
— “Gay business” should not be shoved down my kids’ throats.
— Show the photo on an inside page and don’t show the photo.
— Don’t put the photo on the front page, because then people can’t help but stare at it constantly, amirite? (Thank you, caller got-no-pants.)
Ombudsman Andrew Alexander, however, insults all of these folks in his final paragraph:
There was a time, after court-ordered integration, when readers complained about front-page photos of blacks mixing with whites. Today, photo images of same-sex couples capture the same reality of societal change.
Ha ha, who says these same complainers ever accepted the black/white photographs? ASK ‘EM ABOUT THOSE, IN 2010.
Readers react to photo of two men kissing [WP/Omblog]