The LGBTQ community has found a curious ally in their stand against the Russian government’s egregious violations of human rights, regarding the treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in the country, in the form of conservative commentator and part-time conspiracy theory purveyor Glenn Beck.
Beck, who is commonly known for his repeated segments regarding FEMA concentration camp conspiracies and postulations regarding a suspected global liberal socialist plot to destroy America, joined CNN’s S.E. Cupp for an hour-long discussion last week, in which he stated, to the surprise of many, “I will stand with GLAAD (the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Discrimination) against Russia’s ‘hetero-fascism.”
The comments came following a discussion of the recent controversies surrounding Fox News host Megyn Kelly’s assertion that Santa Claus and Jesus were white, as well as the openly homophobic comments made by Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson.
Stating that he believed the stories were non-issues to begin with, Beck asserted that the time spent by media covering the controversies would have been better spent exposing the gross and widespread anti-LGBT rhetoric commonly espoused by Russian officials and media personalities, pointing out:
[box type=”shadow”]”One of their [Russia’s] 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…” adding, “I will stand with anybody who will stand up and say that’s crazy. That’s dangerous. That’s hetero-fascism. That’s what that is. And we’re talking about Duck Dynasty. Really? Really?”[/box]
Though sensible, the comments come as a surprise from the man who openly supported Rick Santorum and Michelle Bachmann, who are among the two most anti-gay politicians on the public stage. Frequently calling himself a libertarian, it does fall within the ideological purview of his stated political philosophy to support individual rights in this manner, however as recently as 2010, while attempting to rebrand himself and his show with a more spiritual, religious tone, Beck was slammed by some media outlets for his close ties to ardently anti-gay, anti-equality personalities, such as John Hagee and Sarah Palin.
With the controversy surrounding the upcoming Sochi winter Olympic games and Russia’s increasingly brutal crackdown on LGBTQ people, perhaps there is room for even the most broken clock to be right, if only twice a day.
Watch Glenn Beck make his statement on CNN in this video: