I will avoid today discussion of the reasons why so many men chose to look for sex partners in public bathrooms, gyms, and the like over the last few decades. Most engaged in this kind of sex would probably have preferred socially supported venues for relationship and sexual development — in the clubs, restaurants, public places galore that the heterosexual world has to walk together, to talk, to hug, to kiss, and to ‘do it.’
Andrew Sullivan has much better dexterity with this subject than I do — but it is disgusting that while so many are now cringing at the thought of gay man having tearoom sex that they are at the same time so obsessive about trying to stop same sex marriage between committed individuals.
Tucker Carlson brought this home in an interview he did yesterday in which he got "bothered" in a public restroom when he was in high school and then got a buddy and went back to beat up the guy before he was arrested. To be fair to Carlson, we haven’t yet heard whether the "botherer" grabbed Tucker’s crotch or just tapped his foot under the stall.
But Carlson’s comment that he chose to beat up the trespasser "after the fact" in a vigilante action says much.
This from Media Matters:
On the August 28 edition of MSBNC
Live, hosted by MSNBC general
manager Dan Abrams, Tucker Carlson, host of MSNBC’s Tucker, asserted, "Having sex in a
public men’s room is outrageous.
It’s also really common.
I’ve been bothered in men’s rooms." Carlson continued,
"I’ve been bothered in Georgetown
Park," in Washington, D.C.,
"when I was in high school."
When Abrams asked how Carlson
responded to being "bothered," Carlson asserted, "I went back
with someone I knew and grabbed the guy by the — you know, and grabbed him,
and … hit him against the stall with his head, actually."
Read the full transcript (or watch the video clip) which is pretty disgusting, not just because Tucker Carlson, self-described as "the least anti-gay right-winger you’ll ever meet", admits to beating up someone trolling for sex in a public bathroom — but because Dan Abrams and Joe Scarborough just laugh.
Someone should go look for evidence of the arrest that Tucker Carlson mentions.
— Steve Clemons