Stereotypical Paladino

12 Oct

This past weekend, this happened:


Setting aside the unique pronunciation of “pervert” with the emphasis on the last syllable – the mark of someone reading his remarks for the first time (psst – they were written for him by the Hasidic “audience”), the Paladino campaign issued this statement Monday morning, to commemorate Columbus Day:

“In my speech today to Orthodox Jewish leaders in New York City, I noted my opposition to gay marriage, inspired by my Catholic beliefs. I also oppose discrimination of any form. I did not say this phrase, as was inaccurately attributed to me by some media outlets:

“There is nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual. That is not how God created us.”

I do not agree with this passage, nor did I say it. Apparently a few reporters relied upon suggested remarks distributed by my hosts at the synagogue in Williamsburg after my departure, not the actual statement I made. My campaign staff has worked with the inaccurate outlets and most corrected their stories after viewing video of the event.

I unequivocally have no other reservations about homosexuality. I enjoy a close relationship with my nephew who is gay and I certainly consider him to be a functional child of God.”

He didn’t agree with the passage recommended to him by the Hasidic group to whom he spoke, but he was more than happy to pander to them with this,

I just think my children and your children would be much better off and much more successful getting married and raising a family, and I don’t want them brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option — it isn’t,” he said. “I didn’t march in the gay parade this year — the gay pride parade this year. My opponent did, and that’s not the example we should be showing our children.”


He told this to Fox’s Good Day, NY:

I don’t believe that gays should be discussed in the schools. I think that morality is a situation that should be discussed in the home. I believe that homosexuals are severely discriminated against. I think it is a horrible situation. I don’t disavow that comment. The comment was made about teaching children about homosexuality at a young age. I don’t think it should be done in the schools. Except for gay marriage, I’m fine with it. I have a nephew, I have employees who are gay. I’m sensitive to the discrimination about that.

Politician Carl Paladino had to explain himself on the national morning shows, and he reiterated that some of his best friends are teh gay, but he just doesn’t want them getting married.  Or entering into civil unions.  Even though his nephew is gay, and he thinks his nephew is “a functional child of God”, he thinks his nephew’s “option” to be a gay American is not “valid” or “successful”.

The reason why we know that homosexuality is not a “choice” or an “option” is that no one would voluntarily choose to be discriminated against, mocked, insulted, beaten, or otherwise subjected to moronic, Neanderthal hatred from conservative teabagging types.

The reason this is so astonishing as far as Paladino is concerned?  He happily sends around a video of a horse engaging in a sex act with a human femalethat’s ok.  But two guys who love each other entering into a marriage contract?  Quelle horreur!

And those gay pride parades! Like, OMG!

I don’t think it’s proper for them to go there and watch a couple of grown men grind against each other. I don’t think that’s proper, I think it’s disgusting….Now, Andrew Cuomo said he took his children to a gay pride parade. I was at one in Toronto one time, we stumbled on it, my wife and I. It wasn’t pretty. It was a bunch of very extreme type people in bikini-type outfits grabbing at each other and doing these gyrations and I certainly wouldn’t let my young children see that.”

Here’s an image of Andrew Cuomo marching in New York’s Gay Pride Parade. Note the conspicuous absence of Speedos, bumping, and/or grinding:

In Carl’s world, people are defined by their stereotypes. Just like all Italians are mobsters legitimate businessmen in the olive oil importation or construction business, just like all blacks are on welfare or in jail, just like all Jewish people are cheap, and just like how all Asians are wizards at math.

So it is that all gays are Speedo-clad queens camping it up at the parade.

You can’t be opposed to discrimination against gays, but then in the next breath support discriminating against them in the arena of marriage (or even civil unions, for that matter) – most fundamental part of human existence – the ability to legalize a committed union.  Gay marriages seldom involve “Speedos” or “bumping and grinding”.

I have no idea why Paladino’s visit to Brooklyn’s Hasidic community required plumbing the depths of orthodox religious homophobia, but there you have it.  Carl separating New Yorkers and playing one voting bloc off another, completely bypassing the notion that New York is broken, people are taxed too much, Albany is corrupt, and spending is too high.

(Header image courtesy Tom Dolina)

36 Responses to “Stereotypical Paladino”

  1. cashdollar at 7:25 am #

    Keep talking Carl, keep talking (or reading, badly). He can’t run his campaign he can’t run Albany. He couldn’t fix the Partnership he can’t fix Albany. All you really need to know

  2. Ward at 7:56 am #

    You all should be eternally grateful to Carl for giving you refuge in topics of discussion apart from the rush to oblivion of the Obama regime and the Pelosi-Reid Congress. Enjoy him while you can for the next three weeks.

  3. Buffalo Harold at 8:07 am #

    “I am 100 percent, unequivocally, pro gay rights — except for one thing: gay marriage,” said Carl Paladino yesterday. Here are some other positions he will probably articulate soon:
    * “I am 100 percent, unequivocally, pro free-speech — except for one thing: allowing people to speak opinions I do not agree with.”
    * “I am 100 percent, unequivocally, pro freedom of religion — except for one thing: people who are atheists, Muslims, secular humanists, and others who don’t believe as I do.”
    * “I am 100 percent, unequivocally, pro political diversity — except for people who are liberals, Democrats, or supporters of Andrew Cuomo.”

  4. Bbill at 8:33 am #

    Don’t pout Ward, your dream society is about to become reality, thanks to Citizens United. You can see a preview here

    Seems odd that Carl would appeal to haters since he’s already got that vote sewn up. Oh wait, he was reading a script that was handed to him, reading it for the first time! Now that’s leadership.

  5. cashdollar at 8:52 am #

    Serious times call for serious candidates and Ward, you folks (I’m assuming you’re republican folks) chose a decidedly unserious candidate. If the stakes were so high you should have done better.

  6. joker at 9:02 am #

    is this the end of paladino?

  7. Brian Castner at 9:13 am #

    “The reason why we know that homosexuality is not a “choice” or an “option” is that no one would voluntarily choose to be discriminated against, mocked, insulted, beaten, or otherwise subjected to moronic, Neanderthal hatred from conservative teabagging types.”

    Well, no. This argument drives me nuts. Ignoring for a second that gays have been hated for centuries, long before the Tea Party existed, we do NOT know homosexuality is not an option because no one would choose to be prosecuted. Lots of people would chose to be prosecuted. Lots of people like being the center of attention, even for negative consequences. This argument makes being gay about being a victim, as if the fundamental question about one’s sexuality is reduced to how people treat you, not what you are yourself.

    How about this: We know homosexuality is not an “option” because we know heterosexuality is not an “option.” You are what you are.

  8. Chris in EA at 9:35 am #

    I’m amazed that Carl didn’t interrupt his introduction with a cry of “This is America! Speak English!”

  9. Rob at 10:06 am #

    Paladino simply restated the standard Republican position on homosexuality right?

  10. WNYResident at 10:31 am #

    Politician Carl Paladino had to explain himself on the national morning shows, and he reiterated that some of his best friends are teh gay, but he just doesn’t want them getting married. Or entering into civil unions.

    Carl said he doesn’t believe in civil unions for gay people? Or just marriage?

  11. cashdollar at 11:02 am #

    One more thing. For those of you who think that most Republicans don’t care about respect for Gays and Lesbians you’re wrong at least in NYS. A close member of my family is no longer voting for Mr. Paladino, because this out burst. They were going to vote for him because of their distaste for welfare, but when he said the gay = failure he was attacking their family. Their child is not a failure, finding the love is a win. At this rate Paladino will be lucky to break 300,000.

  12. Ward at 11:52 am #

    Alan — maybe Carl was referring to this NYC Gay Pride Parade, to which I would not have taken my daughters when they were the age of your daughters. (To each his own style of parenting, however.) I think Carl’s description of the event was a bit understated, starting at the 35-second mark. What he referred to as perversion perhaps might be more temperately described as over-sexualized behavior.

  13. BrianS. at 2:42 pm #

    The fact that Paladino has support from Republicans and Teagbaggers tells you all you need to know about BOTH groups: They are morally and intellectually bankrupt. How anyone can stomach voting for this guy is amazing. What a disgrace.

  14. Hank at 4:30 pm #

    I saw a lot of comments about Carl never winning the primary. OOPS

    Some of you must not be tuned in to how pissed off people are up there. Every customer that I get calling in from NYS I have talked to about the Governor’s race. So far, people that have told me they will vote for Paladino 22, Cuomo 2. Or maybe almost everyone that owns a collector car is a homophobic Republican Tea party advocate.

    I know homosexuality isn’t a choice. I also truly believe that the infinitely small minority of “in your face” homosexual activists didn’t throw their orientation IN my face, I could care less about how they live their lives. I believe homosexuals should not be discriminated against in any way. If they would only leave the institution of marriage alone….. I’ve seen pictures of the gay pride parades in San Francisco and I personally saw one when I lived in New Orleans. It made Mardi Gras look pretty tame in comparison. There was much bumpin and grindin on Bourbon street that afternoon, in addition to one human with a collar around his neck and a leash, being led by another human, and persons dressed as a condom, and a used tampon, complete with string. If that kind of public disgrace is activism, count me out—-and it does all homosexuals a severe dis-service.

  15. Rob at 4:31 pm #

    Shorter Walk-back Carl.

  16. STEEL at 5:46 pm #


    So you don’t want to discriminate against the homosexuals but your very next sentence is discriminatory against them. Why should they leave marriage alone exactly? And why do you even care who marries who and why do you even feel its your right to have an opinion or say in the matter?

    Also there is hetero bumping and grinding on TV every night for hours at a time.

  17. Mike In WNY at 6:04 pm #

    Hmmmm, what have we learned today from reading this blog post and the subsequent comments.

    1. It is wrong to send politically incorrect humor to adults using private email.

    2. It is OK to march in a parade replete with public behavior that is full of in-your-face sexual context.

  18. BrianS. at 6:16 pm #

    Carl Paladino has done more to undermine the institution of marriage (cheating, love child, didn’t tell wife for 10 years) than most gays will ever do. Typical right wing hypocrite: Do as I say, not as I do (Gingrich anyone?). And if Teagbaggers are so blind with rage that they want to vote for someone they even perceive as flawed with all Paladino’s issues, than they’re too immature to even be voting.

  19. Carl at 6:17 pm #

    Hank: What you mentioned isn’t a vaild enough sample. How are we to know who you talked to? For all we know, you talked to people you’re familiar with.

  20. DJ at 7:25 pm #


    There is a difference between bumpin’ and grindin’ on TV, and out on a public street.

  21. Rob at 7:47 pm #

    Not “politically incorrect” – racist. Use the right term, or explain how the “RUN NI$$ERS RUN” email isn’t racist.

  22. Mike In WNY at 7:58 pm #

    Rob, their is a difference between telling racial jokes and being a racist. There is no evidence that Paladino believes in the superiority of one race over another, that would make him a racist. In fact, there is evidence to the contrary. The joke may be racist in nature, but still not make the person passing it on a racist.

  23. Samantha at 8:46 pm #

    Paladino, under the guidance of Michael Caputo, is doing these things on purpose. When you guys published those e-mails, you put a candidate no one outside of WNY had heard of into the national spotlight. Ever since then, he has gone out of his way to be politically incorrect, even acknowledging and embracing that fact, knowing that he will get more free publicity, and get the sympathy of the growing reactionary demographic. 

    I would say the e-mails alone do not prove him to be a racist, but combined with his other comments, his plans for relocating welfare recipients to hygiene camps (particularly targeting “inner city” residents, not the rural and suburban welfare recipients), demonstrate his overall racist attitude. 

  24. Jon Splett at 9:00 pm #

    Mike- There’s a difference between telling racial jokes that play on stereotypes and thinking racism is flat out funny.

    Can you please tell me how the photo Carl sent with the caption ‘RUN NIGGER RUN’ is not racist? What makes that a racial joke that isn’t racist? What preconceived racial stereotype is that poking fun at?

    Because as far as I can tell the only reason anyone would find that funny is because they think calling black people niggers is funny and that’s as textbook an example of racism as you can get.

  25. Rob at 9:28 pm #

    I don’t care whether you think Paladino is racist; your original post didn’t address that. and I didn’t either. I’m saying that the email itself is racist, Are you seriously denying that? If not, then drop the pathetic euphemisms.

  26. DanB at 10:15 pm #

    Where did Cuomo disappear to?

    Wonder what he plans to do about this?:

    “He found that every resident of New York City was responsible for $7,343, in today’s dollars, for health care for retired city workers. What’s more, they owe a big share of the costs for retired state workers, an additional $3,082 for each person living in New York state.”

    Wouldn’t it be nice if all candidates were asked in the debate what they will do about it?  But I am not holding my breath.  

  27. Mike In WNY at 11:00 pm #

    Jon, poking fun at stereotypes can help expose the absurdity of any literal interpretation.

  28. Jon Splett at 11:10 pm #

    Mike, As I said, the photo of the plane crashing into black people as they flee doesn’t poke fun at any stereotype. Please explain to me what I’m missing there. Since when is it a stereotype that black people get hit with planes?

    I’m a huge fan of offensive humor when it’s actually humor. If you want to say the picture of Obama and Michelle dressed as pimps is an off color joke, I’ll agree with you. It’s a lazy joke that isn’t funny but I understand the off color humor it’s going for. That’s not the case with the plane picture. There is NO joke in that image. The only laugh it’s meant to induce is a racist snicker over calling black people niggers. There’s no irony to it. No subtext. Nothing. It’s just racist.

  29. johnnywalker at 12:47 am #

    Is Paladino aware that “…. At least one third of the Hasidic families in Williamsburg receive public assistance, and U.S. Census figures suggest that as many as 50 percent lives below the poverty line. In Orange County, N.Y., Hasidim receive 25 percent of the welfare budget. .. Obviously it is partly the result of uneducated couples with few job prospects having as many children as possible per religious mandate. It is also partly because of fraud. …do not marry civilly so that some mothers can claim to be single parents and receive government benefits.

    Other Hasidic schemes include legally designating basements or other parts of houses as small synagogues for tax breaks and receiving government money for fictitious yeshivas (religious schools). .

  30. Rob at 6:33 am #

    Can’t even admit that an obviously, objectively racist email is just that, so retreat to euphemisms and change the subject. Stereotypical Freener. No wonder no one’s buying what you’re peddling.

  31. Mike Walsh at 8:58 am #

    Arguing over who should be your master depending upon their position on wedge issues tells me you’re all pussies. Get some balls. The system is corrupt. Carl’s baseball bat or Andrew’s bootlicking… what a choice….

  32. Rob at 9:34 am #

    From the guys who whine all the time that liberals always resort to “character assassination” because they have nothing else . . .

    You guys are always good for a laugh – thanks.

  33. Bbill at 10:33 am #

    Christine O’Donnell used the exact phrase “character assassination” because the evil mean liberal media ran video clips showing her saying words that came out of her mouth, without even being handed a script.


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