Remember the other day when Buster Wilson, the general manager of the American Family Association’s radio network announced that his organization was contemplating a boycott of Google because of Google’s new campaign, Legalize Love? Google had the audacity to say that LGBT rights are human rights. They want “to decriminalize homosexuality and eliminate homophobia around the world.” Remember how Buster talked about how difficult such a boycott would be because of how “intertwined” he is with Google? About how such a boycott would “test the meat of his convictions”?
Buster probably wishes he had never mentioned his meat, because Lawrence O’Donnell had some fun with him and his meat on his show The Last Word on Wednesday. Watch on MSNBC:
Hmmmm. Buster Wilson wants to test the meat. And he knows it’s going to be tough and he still, still wants to ‘test the meat.’ Oh yeah, this one’s gonna be really, really hard. ‘Cause like Buster says, ‘a lot of us are so integrated into Google.’ How integrated? Well let’s take a look at Internet porn as an example. A Harvard business school study of two years of credit card data of internet porn purchases. And let me just say right here that I am way out of my depth. I personally don’t know anything about Internet porn purchases. I mean seriously: paying for it? Who does that?
Well, according to the study conservatives are the biggest porn purchasers in America. Religious conservatives – the states that consume the most porn tend to be more conservative and more religious. The single state with the biggest per capita subscriptions of online porn is Utah. 8 of the 10 top-ten porn consuming states voted Republican in the last presidential election. The states that have passed laws banning same sex marriage have 11 percent more porn subscriber freaks who pay for it than states that haven’t passed laws banning same sex marriage. States where a majority of the residents agree with the statement ‘I have old fashioned values about family and marriage’ buy more porn online. States where a majority of residents agree with the statement ‘AIDS might be Gods punishment for immoral sexual behavior’ buy more porn online. And of course, pretty much everyone buying that porn finds the porn they want to buy through Google. And so yeah, a boycott of Google’s going to be really tough for religious conservatives.
Turns out, after thinking about testing the meat for a day, Buster Wilson is now afraid of how big a temptation the meat is for even the religious right wing fanatics of the American Family Association.
And so today on the Buster Blog, which is not a gay porn site – not yet anyway - Buster Wilson backed down.
[Quoting Buster]: “I was speaking on my show about how horrible it is that companies like Google, like Home Depot and others, use their powerful influence in our communities to push the gay agenda upon the rest of us. Like, pushing for homosexual marriage. Demanding special designations and rights for them simply because of their preferred sexual lifestyles. I stated that it would BE TOUGH FOR SOMEONE LIKE ME TO CHOOSE TO NOT BE SUPPORTIVE OF SOMEONE LIKE GOOGLE, BECAUSE I AM SO INTERTWINED WITH GOOGLE PRODUCTS…But I never called for a Google boycott.”
Later, Buster tweeted from his Android phone, which is a Google product, that he was not calling for a boycott and just wants everyone to ‘move on’. Poor Buster. Poor, poor Buster. He just got way too intertwined with Google and he thinks of Google as a person now. He just said it would be tough for someone like me to choose not to be supportive of someone like Google because I am so intertwined with Google. Someone like Google? Ohh boy. Buster’s got it bad. You know, I mean you know right now, he’s just starin’ at Google and thinkin’ (sigh) ‘I wish I knew how to quit you’.
Buster got very upset at Right Wing Watch, apparently, for even talking about what he originally said. It rather put him on the spot, apparently, and so he “reacted with a hysterical tirade on Twitter, accusing Right Wing Watch of “lying” and posting an “edited video” that took “my words out of the context” (here is the AFA’s video, judge for yourself). He never explained how we manipulated his words, but he did block us on Twitter.”
Those who want to read Buster’s equivocation on “The Buster Blog” (that’s really what it’s called) can do so here. Please watch Buster’s original statement about Google if you have not already, then read Buster’s blog and see what you think. Is O’Donnell right? Does Buster “got it bad”? Is this Buster’s Brokeback Mountain moment? Is Google too tough for even a right-wing fanatic like Buster?
As the Harvard Study shows, a right wing religious fanatic is inseparable from his porn. Perhaps Buster realizes that. Perhaps Buster realizes that where porn and Google are concerned, fundamentalists are all about testing their meat.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.