Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan has been a hot topic in the news of late. And, it's not just profiling her background or views on politics. No. Why do that when we can take a photo of her playing softball and spark up a "Gaywatch" post series? Much more fun right? Not really....
It all started with this 17 year old photo of Kagan playing softball on the front page of the Wall Street Journal.
"It clearly is an allusion to her being gay. It's just too easy a punch line," said Cathy Renna, a former spokesperson for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation who is now a consultant. "The question from a journalistic perspective is whether it’s a descriptive representation of who she might be as a judge. Have you ever seen a picture of Clarence Thomas bowling?" [via]
Gawker has a "Gaywatch" series on Kagan, provoked perhaps by Politico's Ben Smith who is "hot on the trail of Kagan's potential lesbianism, for the good of the country: On Tuesday, he called up Kagan's old roommate to ask about the Supreme court nominee."
Sarah Waltzer, the roommate, insists that Kagan is definitely straight. And,
"According to Walzer, it was difficult for Kagan to date not because she was gay, but because she was smart, which in America is bascially the same thing." [via]
Eliot Spitzer has even weighed in to Smith saying:"I did not go out with her, but other guys did. I don't think it is my place to say more."[Via]
All of this raises the obvious question: does any of this really matter?
Ask the American Family Association.