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Subject:The irony of teabaggers
Time:05:17 pm
I was recently celebrating the irony of conservative political agitators naming themselves after a gay sex act, and a friend of mine pointed out something that I overlooked.

We know that there are quite a few closet gays mixed into the Republican political machine. And most of them have to have some idea about what the word teabagging means. There's an extra special irony in them knowing that the movement is embarrassing itself, and yet not being able to say anything for fear of outing themselves.
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filthy_habit
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Time:2009-10-16 01:05 am (UTC)
You know, I never felt that way about it. I know a bunch of right-wing whackos, and I haven't seen one that didn't understand what teabagging is in relation to sex.

Instead, I always had the odd feeling that they thought they were being super extra witty with the double-entendre, kind of going "(wink-wink) look what we can allude to on tee-vee and get away with!" and that they actually had the feeling it was some kind of secret handshake or something if you understood the in-joke. Consider how many unnecessary times they'd work the word into a news story if you want proof.

Also, I think my theory gathers some depth when you consider that the symbolic teabagee is supposed to be Obama--so not only is it a dirty joke on tee-vee, but it's also a dirty joke about the president on tee-vee. Kind of like a six-year old getting away with saying "shit" in class because he could fit the word into a sentence in a non-offensive way.

(Also, it's not an exclusive gay thing, you know...There are some girls that like doing it).
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redhawke
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Time:2009-10-16 02:21 am (UTC)
Uuuuhhmmm, it wasn't the Tes Partiers (who actually prefer that term) who called themselves "Teabaggers" - it was the media who did so, specifically Anderson Cooper, who "coined" that term, with almost certainly full knowledge of the term. I saw Cooper's first use of the term, and the attitude inherent in his reference clearly showed he knew exactly what he was saying/doing. FWIW.
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whipartist
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Time:2009-10-16 04:12 am (UTC)
Perhaps, but they seem to have embraced it.
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prock
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Time:2009-10-16 06:48 pm (UTC)
Not really.
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jpmassar
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Time:2009-10-16 02:58 am (UTC)
a gay sex act I'm so confused...

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