Thursday, July 23, 2009

High Jack This Fags

Is not the message---if even spelled properly. The real message is behind the scrim message. Look behind to see it.
Action from principle -- the perception and the performance of right -- changes things and relations; it is essentially revolutionary, and does not consist wholly with anything which was. It not only divides states and churches, it divides families; ay, it divides the individual, separating the diabolical in him from the divine.

Civil Disobedience (Thoreau)

2 comments:

stevenwarran said...

An Associated Press spokesman apologized for the photograph:
"It was journalistic error, and the editing process didn't work the way it should have," says AP spokesman Jack Stokes. "The picture never should have gotten through, and nobody should have seen it."

Stokes said the photographer aboard the Enterprise, Jockel Finck, "is not American, and that [epithet] meant nothing to him. The process just didn't work the way it should have. When there is an offensive slur in a photograph, we do not allow it on the wire — unless it's germane to the story, which this wasn't."2
And a Navy spokesman reported that the Enterprise crew had been warned to be more cautious:
At the Pentagon, Navy Rear Adm. Stephen Pietropaoli says the crew of the Enterprise has been informed to more closely edit "the spontaneous acts of penmanship by our sailors. We've gotten word to our commanders saying, 'That's not up to our standards, guys,'" Pietropaoli says. "We want to keep the messages positive. Most of what gets written on them is — they'll write things like FDNY or I [heart] NY. That's more keeping in line with what we want to do." 2


Rear Admiral Stephen Pietropaoli apologised to the Human Rights Campaign, a homosexual pressure group, after it protested about an "anti-gay slur" chalked on a bomb before it was flown off the USS Enterprise. "We immediately notified navy commanders involved with Operation Enduring Freedom to ensure steps were taken to prevent a recurrence of this unfortunate incident. They have done so," he wrote.

Messages taunting the enemy or praising America are often added by aircrew as a way of boosting morale.

Rear Adml Pietropaoli said the message was an "isolated incident". He added that the US navy did not tolerate discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.1

stevenwarran said...

1. Harnden, Toby. "Apology for 'Gay Slur' on Bomb."
The [London] Daily Telegraph. 20 October 2001 (p. 15).

2. Steuver, Hank. "The Bomb with a Loaded Message."
The Washington Post. 27 October 2001 (p. C1).