Sometimes a headline floats across my computer screen or iPhone where I just sit there for a moment thinking to myself, “Did I really just read that?” Usually these moments are triggered by a comment some conservative said that is so utterly ridiculous my brain can’t grasp the reality that someone actually said it.
However, sometimes somebody who normally says nothing but completely ridiculous things shocks me by actually making sense. Though rare, it does happen every now and then.
Now, when someone like Glenn Beck happens to be the person who made the comments that shocked me, well — that’s a whole other level of stunned. After all, Beck makes a living off of saying asinine things for the sake of reaction and ratings. Actually making sense isn’t good for business if you’re Glenn Beck.
Well, Beck recently spoke out harshly against Russia’s anti-LGBT culture while professing his support for GLAAD, which is a leading group that fights for equal rights for the LGBT community.
While speaking with S.E. Cupp on CNN, Beck brought up comments made by a leading Russian television star:
“Do you know what happened last week in Russia? One of their biggest stars on television said that homosexuals should be put into the ovens alive. I didn’t think you could make the Holocaust worse but he’s like ‘Why the gas chamber? That seems a little too humane. Let’s put them alive in the ovens.'”
Beck then followed that by saying:
“I said on the air this week, I will stand with GLAAD. I will stand with anybody who will stand up and say that’s crazy. That’s dangerous. That’s hetero-fascism.”
Now, is this an actual endorsement for the rights of the LGBT community by Beck? Some might say yes, but I don’t really see it that way. While I applaud Beck for at least making sense when it comes to the disgusting anti-LGBT policies in Russia, this seems more like a response to Nazi-like suggestions by this Russian television stars than a ringing endorsement for equality for the gay community.
After all, Beck is obsessed with Nazis and fascism. I can’t count the numerous events, people or instances where he’s somehow tied it back to Nazi Germany and fascism.
But I like to give credit where credit is due. At least for this rare moment, Glenn Beck’s comments were on the right side of this issue.