Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Buddy Beaverhausen's Random Thoughts: Keep the Cameras Rolling for Kim Davis
I've hesitated to write about the ongoing Kim Davis debacle because (a) she really doesn't need any more attention, (b) I think my readers know where I stand on LGBT issues, (c) this is an entertainment blog and I didn't think of this as "entertainment," and (d) I felt Kim's saga was already beyond boring to me.
Then I reconsidered points (c) and (d) above because this is infotainment in its own way. I was inspired by what basketball great Kareem Abdul Jabbar wrote in Time magazine this week on the subject. In his eloquently written op-ed piece http://time.com/4024556/kareem-abdul-jabbar-kim-davis/, he said that Kim's martyr act is theater. It's for the cameras. Marshall McLuhan was right; the medium is the message. But Kim's just a mess. Her story would make a great biopic for John Waters to script and direct one day.
Hasn't everyone worked in an office under a whack-a-do like Ms Davis? In the endless stream of photos and videos, you can see her co-workers looking quite wary of her behavior at the front desk of the County Clerk's office.
Of course, the Teapublican Presidential wannabes have flocked to rather disingenuously defend Kim Davis, most notably Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz, even though she is criminally in flagrant disregard of the law, the Supreme Court and the Constitution of the United States. She is not, as claimed, being persecuted for her "deeply held religious beliefs" and the "sanctimony of marriage." Hypocritically, she has been married four times to three different men and is an adulterer. She is also a registered Democrat.
TMZ reported yesterday that Caitlyn (nee Bruce) Jenner supports Davis and recently told Ellen DeGeneres, on her tv talk show, that she (Jenner) is tepid on support for gay marriage. Jenner is a neo-conservative who has exploited the LGBT community for their support while giving less than nothing back. With friends like Jenner, who needs enemies, I say!
In the latest turn of events, Kim was released from prison on the grounds that, when she returns to the office as County Clerk, she not interfere with deputy workers who will issue marriage licenses to all who qualify under the law. Upon stepping out of prison, our Kimmie was absolutely ebullient; aglow once more in the media attention that has lifted her from total obscurity. A star was born or, perhaps merely, a bore was starred.
Kim immediately announced that she intends to defy the court order and not allow same-gender couples marriage, further protracting this sad saga that can only end in tragedy given her apparently self-destructive bent. Heavens to Betsy, lady, just get a job your conscience will allow you to do. (I don't suggest anything that involves dealing with the public or inter-personal skills.) But no, anything for more media attention for this hopeless schlemiel! So keep the cameras rolling.