Pat Sajak faces backlash for Twitter post announcing he’s heterosexual

Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak might have bought himself more than a vowel with last week’s comic Twitter post announcing his heterosexuality to the world.

He bought himself some blowback from gays who didn’t see the humor in the announcement at all. Here are a couple of some of the more printable responses his announcement drew (most seem to have been written on high school bathroom walls before being transferred to Twitter posts.)

Repressed by “no one” might be stretching it a little. Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich might have been feeling a little repressed when he was forced out of the company he helped build earlier this month solely for having political opinions that don’t match those currently acceptable by the chattering classes.

Still, some of the reaction to Sajak’s post was no doubt sincere. Feeling “different” is no picnic for anyone, whether teen or adult, and Sajak’s Twitter post could have amplified that.


And that is genuinely too bad.

No sane person, which is to say no conservative, defends bullying people. But bullying those who look differently or act differently is passé in the Age of Obama.

Today it’s reserved for those who think differently from the established orthodox. Bullying is what liberals/progressives (or whatever they call themselves on Tuesdays) have been doing for decades through the entertainment-media complex; it’s what they’ve been doing for half a decade through the media-political complex.

And it’s what Sajak was targeting when he sent out that Tweet.

Fortunately, many in the Twitter world understood that.


More to the point, we might now live in a world where sexuality is no longer confined to the closet, but can we at least agree it should still be confined to the bedroom? It’s the endless preoccupation with surface sexuality in our media and politics — and the endless self-promotion that it entails — that Sajak was making fun of, not any individual’s preferences.

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