Really! I had no idea! You'll have to go look for the stuff, but GLAAD took issue with the use of that photo. First of all, maybe I've been living under a rock, but I really didn't know that playing softball was reserved for lesbians. Hell, I used to play softball. (And I like girls, but I'm pretty sure I fail the rest of the qualifications for entry into the club.)
Then again, maybe there is something to it. Remember Peppermint Patty from the Peanuts cartoons? Sure, she pretended to have a crush on Charlie Brown, but she always hung around with Marcy! And she played softball! Now, here's the thing. She played softball in lots of the Peanuts cartoons, but a search of GoogleImages shows very few pictures of Peppermint Patty in her SportsWoman Lesbian Domain! Are they trying to hide something? Just what is being suppressed here?
This is practically the only image I could find. Look at her making Charlie Brown feel all hetero and inadequate! That emasculating dyke!
Obviously, if they let the cat out of the bag, there'd be a whole big anti-Peanuts/anti-Lesbian uproar to keep Kagan off the bench. (And I'm not sure if there's a pun in there or not, but if she's off the bench, isn't she actively playing? What do these people want?)
On the one hand, I think I've got to agree with WSJ spokeswoman Ashley Huston:
But, to be fair, maybe there's something to it after all. The Media has a history of using nefarious images to foil people's chances at higher office."If you turn the photo upside down, reverse the pixilation and simultaneously listen to Abbey Road backwards, while reading Roland Barthes, you will indeed find a very subtle hidden message."
It's a well know FACT that Michael Dukakis was forced to pose for this dorky picture. Note how the other guy has his face cleverly hidden so he can't be blamed!
And Nixon was purposely made to look like a schmo in his debates with Kennedy.
They weren't even in the same room together. Nixon was in a sauna 1200 miles away from the studio Kennedy appeared in! And Marilyn Monroe was hiding under Kennedy's podium the whole time. It was a total setup...brought to you by the same people who later faked the moon landings. (Go ahead; look it up! If it's not on the internet yet, it will be by next Tuesday ... AND THEN IT'LL BE TRUE!!)
The truth is, I can't get all that worked up over this one. I don't know all that much about Kagan or her qualifications to be on the Supreme Court. What I do know, however is that she looks an awful lot like Lee Dewyze, finalist on this year's American Idol.
I'm pretty sure Lee is just a plant to screw up Crystal Boxershorts' chances to win. And what does that tell you about Kagan? Hmmmmmm? I'll leave you to draw your own conclusions, but let me conclude with this other quote from Cathy Renna, former spokeswoman for GLAAD,
Indeed, have you ever seen a picture of Clarence Thomas bowling?
"The question from a journalistic perspective is whether it’s a descriptive representation of who she might be as a judge. Have you ever seen a picture of Clarence Thomas bowling?"
P.S. I haven't got the remotest idea what a picture of Clarence Thomas bowling would infer about him, but, clearly, subtext is totally lost on me.