I note with no surprise whatsoever that homophobes in positions of authority continue to oppress teenagers in my old hood. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports today on a protest staged by a dozen high school students on the Belleville* courthouse steps. These students were protesting the bigoted tone taken by Belleville East High’s administration against the apparently terrifying spectre of a school-sponsored chapter of the Gay-Straight Alliance. The protesting students thought they might promote a human right or two on their campus, but naturally such seditious ideology cannot be tolerated in a school where (a) a student was forced to resign a position with a Christian athletic group after appearing on a radio show about gay teens, and (b) where two male students who kissed during a skit were forced to apologize.
Apologize for what, you might ask? For poor “taste,” apparently. This offensive homosexual peck on the cheek was, according to Belleville East’s principal, “an issue of appropriateness.”
Belleville East High, you see, has very high standards of taste. The floors are made of travertine marble. Picassos hang on the walls. School lunches of organic fois gras and roasted beet salad are served on Wedgwood china by obsequious Mexicans in short white jackets while a chamber orchestra plays Haydn.
Of course, claims Principal Kniepkamp, dabbing his delicate brow with a silk Hermes pocket square, the tasteful school treats all students “fairly.”
What Principal Kniepkamp means is that he, backed by centuries of oppressive tradition, considers it well within the bounds of fairness to quash any challenge to the heteronormative laws of the hive — which laws exist, you’ll recall, to carefully monitor the location of all sex organs.
‘”If you take your family to a G-rated movie, you expect to see a G-rated movie,” quoth the Neanderthal Mr. Kniepkamp, who doesn’t seem to grasp that kissing is allowed even in Disney movies these days.
What a fucking knob.
Note: Because of my poor writing skills, some busy readers seem to have misapprehended the gist of the Belleville situation. The students were protesting against gay discrimination by the school administration.
* The hick town of Belleville is a subsidiary of St. Louis, located across the Mississippi River in Illinois