Earlier this week Republican US Sen. Mike Enzi declared that if a man walks into a bar wearing a tutu, he should expect to be punched. After an immediate uproar, Enzi issued a seemingly sincere apology which he followed up on today with a personal phone call the man he was thought to be referencing. Via the Casper Star Tribune:
Enzi, whose comments about men wearing tutus sparked outrage earlier this week, called Wyoming’s best-known cross-dresser and apologized, Larry “Sissy” Goodwin said Thursday afternoon.
Goodwin, 70, of Douglas, said he accepted the apology during the lengthy Thursday talk. “We had a nice conversation,” he said. “He offered an apology and I have no doubt to believe it was genuine. He was very genuine with his comments.
“I think we had a respectful dialogue. If anything comes out of this, we both agree that it’s opening a discussion and illuminating the issues to the benefit of everyone concerned.”
Bloviating Fox contributor Erick Erickson says Enzi owed no one an apology. He writes:
I know liberals in their coastal bubbles of homogenized whiteness and skinny jeans think everyone else has to think like them — not does, but has to — but the reality is we don’t. We are a culturally heterogeneous nation with diverse cultural norms.
If a guy walks into a bar in Wyoming wearing make up and a tutu, he’s probably going to be asked to leave, if not picked on or punched. If you don’t like that, don’t go to a bar in Wyoming wearing a tutu. It really is that simple. This is not a justification of violence, but let’s not kid ourselves that there won’t be an expectation of violence, however unjustified.
If you want to keep pushing boundaries and making people uncomfortable, don’t be surprised when people try desperately to revert to cultural norms. If you want to wear a tutu in a bar, go to San Francisco. But stop your bitching that others have to go along with your “rights.” Get over yourself.
Erickson’s post includes a link to the widely-debunked book which claims Matthew Shepard’s murder was not a hate crime.