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Anti-gay pol uses tolerance tune ‘Firework’

Updated: September 28, 2011 12:19AM



The video for Katy Perry’s “Firework” is all about outcasts and underdogs and finding their voices, standing up for themselves, expressing themselves.

A full-figured teenage girl finds the courage to strip down to her underwear and jump in a pool filled with her peers. A sick child wanders the halls of a hospital and sees fireworks emanating from the most amazing places, including his own heart.  A man takes a chance and kisses another man at a party.

Filmed in Budapest, “Firework” isn’t an overtly political video — but it’s all about acceptance and tolerance and celebrating our differences. Perry dedicated the video (which has nearly 200 million views on YouTube) to the “It Gets Better” campaign, which is dedicated to fighting harassment of gays and lesbians.

Which brings us to Michele Bachmann, the Republican presidential candidate who is fiercely anti-gay and was “glitter-bombed” by the daughter of a lesbian mother as she left the stage at a conservative conference in Minneapolis over the weekend.

When Bachmann took to the stage at the RightOnline conference and received what CNN termed a “rock star” reception, the song that was playing? “Firework.”

Let the countdown begin to Katy Perry issuing a statement saying she’d really, really appreciate it if her song wasn’t associated with the Bachmann campaign.

Advanced degree in idiocy?

Three suburban men were arrested last Saturday night and charged with pointing a laser beam at Chicago Police helicopter. The helicopter was above the Old Town neighborhood when a beam from a green laser was shone in their faces, according to police. Using night vision glasses, the crew was able to determine the origin of the laser beam, and the three men were arrested.

One of the three men, Alvin Kang, a 25-year-old graduate student at Northwestern, had been arrested just two weeks earlier and charged with punching a man who said he had intervened in a dispute between Kang and a woman. Police found Kang hiding in a Dumpster and arrested him.

What’s this guy studying, The Art of Idiotic Behavior?

And why is pointing a laser beam at a pilot only a misdemeanor?

It’s still a classic matchup

Over the next three days, thousands of fans wearing Cubbie blue will journey to the South Side for the first half of the annual six-game matchup between the Sox and the Cubs. That both teams are under .500, with the Cubs plagued by injuries and the Sox plagued by guys who are STILL HITTING UNDER .200 IN MID-JUNE, ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?, it’s not as if it’s a battle of World Series contenders — but you won’t know it by the intensity of the crowds.

Since interleague play started in 1997, the Sox hold an overall 41-37 advantage. There have been some dramatic finishes, some memorable blowouts, that infamous Michael Barrett punch to A.J. Pierzynski’s jaw in 2006 — and thousands upon thousands of incidents of guys in the men’s room chanting “Cubbies Suck, Cubbies Suck, Cubbies Suck!” which is inevitably countered with the deeply intellectual comeback: “White Sox Suck! White Sox Suck! White Sox Suck!”

Occasionally a fight will break out in the stands, or outside the ballpark. The real news is that these incidents are rare, given the formula of sun+beer+testosterone.

What it mostly is, is a whole lot of fun. I’ve been to about three quarters of the White Sox-Cubs games on the South Side and probably a dozen of the games on the North Side, including the Sunday night game last year that was preceded by the Blackhawks walking the Stanley Cup around Wrigley Field and that extraordinary photo op of the Sox, Cubs and Blackhawks posing with the Cup.

Some baseball purists say the interleague thing is played out, and there’s nothing the least bit special about games pitting the Pittsburgh Pirates against the Kansas City Royals, or the Baltimore Orioles against the Florida Marlins. (As if every Nationals-Diamondbacks or Athletics-Blue Jays series rivets the sporting nation.) But when the Yankees come to Wrigley Field, when the White Sox host the Dodgers — and certainly when the Sox and Cubs square off — there’s still a jolt of uniqueness, a feeling of something different, that permeates the games.

And when the Sox sweep the Cubs by scores of 5-1, 8-2 and 6-4 this week, it’ll feel more special than a sweep of the Rays or the Jays.



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