Double standard exposed by rebel outrage

The backlash over the SMH’s coverage of Rebel Wilson’s new relationship has exposed a hypocrisy in the entertainment industry.

The funny thing about outrage is that it never seems to find the right target. You get apoplectic anger and indignation at minor transgressions and yet there isn’t even a wail when you’re confronted with the most bare industrial-scale bigotry on the same subject.

I call the first phenomenon the “Outrage Tardis” – in which the sheer amount of outrage is far too great for his ship and yet somehow manages to get through. I haven’t come up with a catchy name for the second phenomenon yet, so I guess we’ll have to make do with “great hypocrisy” in the meantime.

For a perfect panorama of it all, all you need to do is consider the events of the past week.

Sydney Morning Herald celebrity gossip columnist Andrew Hornery had planned to write a column about Hollywood celebrity Rebel Wilson’s new relationship – pretty standard stuff for a gossip column, I would have thought.

As it happens, Wilson’s new relationship was with another womanthat wouldn’t normally raise eyebrows on the faces of — I would conservatively assume — 100 percent of the Western population, but somehow became the sole focus of the outrage that followed.

Apparently, Wilson didn’t want Hornery to reveal her new relationship, so instead of answering his questions about it, she announced it herself on social media. Good for her, not so good for him.

Suddenly, Hornery was a columnist without a column — most devoid of creatures — and so wrote a grumbling piece about how she’d effectively picked him up.

That was exactly a week ago, and to say all hell broke loose would be doing hell a disservice. Since a television host forgot to listen to Adele’s new album, not one man had been responsible for so much evil.

The explosion was nuclear and so was the fallout. SMH Editor Bevan Shields Was Forced To Release A Statement And Then Forced To Release sorry for the explanation† Unfortunately, the apology for the explanation was not accepted by many, so perhaps an apology for the apology needs to be made.

Meanwhile, Hornery forced to write another column with apologies for the previous columnwhich readers no longer had access to because the column was removed and replaced with the apology.

I’m not exactly sure what level of real satire we’re at right now, but I’m pretty sure it hasn’t charted yet.

And it gets better. Or worse. Whatever makes you happy.

The outcry at this stage was worldwide, now driven by none other than Whoopi Goldberg. And anyone with a memory longer than a goldfish might remember this as the moment he jumped the shark.

Just four months ago, Goldberg – not her real name, by the way – was herself the subject of an international storm four months ago because she said that the holocaust “isn’t about race”

And so, to sum it up, a gossip columnist who wrote a column about not having a column to write about was shamed worldwide by a multi-millionaire megastar who told millions on her TV show in February that the Holocaust is not was racist.


But again, it gets better, or worse, or whatever.

Because The daily mail then got an exclusivity with actor Hugh, a friend of Wilson’s who uses s/he pronouns, accused Hornery of walking them the same way years ago† Of course they splashed on it with all the bells and whistles.

I am certainly not disputing the merits of the yarn. I would just like to suggest that we all take a moment to mark the day that The daily mail criticized the Sydney Morning Herald because it’s too messy.

Oh, and amid all the breathless accusations of homophobia, it might be worth noting that both Andrew Hornery and Bevan Shields are gay themselves.

Still, that’s hardly a free card to get out of jail. I’m incredibly handsome and there are countless other hot people that I suppress on a regular basis. Just ask my wife.

But my love life wasn’t the only gay scandal to haunt us this week. No less than the Walt Disney Corporation came under fire for both cutting and then restoring a kiss between two women in the Toy Story spin-off light year† Sure, they were both cartoon characters, but that doesn’t stop people from trying Bluey.

According to the Hollywood Bible Variety, the kiss was restored after “staff riot” and good for them. But it was not so good for audiences in 14 countries, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, the UAE and the Palestinian territories, whose governments banned the film for having such content.

Of course, I assumed that such widespread national bias would cause international outrage, so I consulted the international headquarters of outrage, Twitter.

So true, light year was trending worldwide. But imagine my surprise when I found out this was fury on a tweet from Everyone loves Raymond star Patricia Heaton, who had dared to suggest that Buzz Lightyear should have been voiced by conservative comedian Tim Allen

Of course, I immediately checked my privilege and considered my classes.

As bad as the situation is in Saudi Arabia — where a man was lashed 500 lashes last year for being gay and this week launched government raids confiscating rainbow-colored toys — it could never compete with rampant homophobia in the world. Sydney Morning Herald

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