Comedienne extraordinaire and horrible person Ann Coulter is under fire for her latest joke, which makes light of a serious problem faced by many LGBT children. To her more than 228,000 followers, Coulter tweeted: “Last Thursday was national ‘coming out’ day. This Monday is national ‘disown your son’ day.” And then everyone was unable to contain their laughter.
Last Thursday was national “coming out” day.This Monday is national “disown your son” day.
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) October 16, 2012
Aaron McQuade, Director of Media and Field Relations at GLAAD, thought it was hilarious too:
There was a time in our culture’s history when, if thousands of LGBT kids were to come out on the same day, the next week genuinely would be exactly what Ann describes, all across the country. Fathers disowning their sons and kicking them out onto the street. Mothers locking up their daughters or sending them to charm school. Children forced to undergo electro-shock or even worse forms of “therapy” to rid themselves of their orientation. To learn how to not be true to themselves.
And although we’ve come a long way from those ideas as a cultural collective, I have no doubt that last week, more than a few American households experienced the tragedy that Ann joked about.