BBD – An Apology

So this is a back to basics, what happened? kind of post along with yet another attempt to put it behind me, in so far as that is possible. I’ve told much of it before but hopefully now with greater clarity and simplicity.

Back in 2007 I believe. Watching The Daily Show, Olbermann on MSNBC, and so forth. Typical NY Dem stuff. Also a tribute to Julia Roberts that coincided with the filming of one of the Ocean’s movies, probably 12, in NJ. Clooney and Pitt did a joke bit about a having a wide stance and/or playing footsy in the men’s room of an airport. Which, purely coincidentally of course, a GOP Senator has been arrested for doing not long before.

Also, I had seen Syriana, but was completely unaware of the personal troubles Clooney had had during the filming and that year in general. Oddly, I thought it best to avoid “gossip” stories. I didn’t want to know people’s private lives. But there’s a fine line there where you need to know what people don’t like as well in order to work with them.

There was also a book interview with Stewart stating that Brooklyn, where I lived, back at that time considered part of Long Island, had a role in the revolutionary war.

This lead to the attempt at a graphic novel called The Wisp. It was a mix of those things plus having seen Jeremy Scahill talking about his book on Blackwater and recalling my brief stint on research about what tends to happen when countries use mercenaries from a historical perspective. This was due to understudying King John in the Shakespeare play of that name. Hint: There are negative consequences almost unilaterally throughout world history.

Thinking of the Senator, I decided to make the CEO of the privatized security contractor {that is, mercenary corporation} a conservative, closeted gay man. I really wasn’t thinking that the son of the man who founded the religious right movement might actually fall into that category. Further, I didn’t and don’t much consider it my business, as long as he isn’t condoning harassment, violence, or general gulaging of LGBTetc folks. If he were to do any of that, then that would change things.

Since US Senators are public figures who create and vote on legislation affecting said people, they are always under justified scrutiny.

Anyway, this seemed to be where the trouble started. I know, I blogged in 2018 that maybe it was Cheney and my conversation with a French banker. Certainly it is odd how that came back to haunt me.

But really it was clearly something to do with The Wisp. It wasn’t until some time later that I knew JS and I were neighbors. I had seen an interview with him on maybe MSNBC. Can’t recall where originally.

Anyway…even though I think what Blackwater did and does to be abhorrent; even though I disagree with Mr. Prince’s politics and not so much what he believes in but more so how he believes it–thinking some Crusades here that stir up more trouble than they fix, but there’s that money flowing that makes it seem like God’s will–even though I think him an otherwise wicked man… I apologize for writing that a fictional mercenary corporation CEO is closeted gay if he did indeed take offense to that. Though of course I was thinking more generally, with Blackwater being in the news, and with Mr. Scahill’s reporting and book being part of the basis for the story, it is possible one might draw the conclusion that I was implying it when I was actually making a larger statement about hypocrisy within the GOP more generally.

Sincerely,

Chris

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