Wednesday, May 12, 2010

WSJ on Elena Kagan: Lesbian or Switch-hitter?

SCOTUS politics just keeps getting sillier and sillier:

A spokeswoman for the Wall Street Journal said today its cover art was not intended as innuendo about Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's sexual orientation after the paper's front-page use of an image of Kagan playing softball provoked a mixture of irritation and amusement from gay and lesbian advocates.

"It clearly is an allusion to her being gay. It's just too easy a punch line," said Cathy Renna, a former spokesperson for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation who is now a consultant. "The question from a journalistic perspective is whether it’s a descriptive representation of who she might be as a judge. Have you ever seen a picture of Clarence Thomas bowling?"

. . . "Personally I think the newspaper, which happens to have the largest circulation of any in the U.S., might as well have gone with a headline that said, 'Lesbian or switch-hitter?'" grumbled the Dallas Voice's John Wright. The Wall Street Journal's sister papers in the News Corp. empire are famous for cheeky cover photographs and thinly-veiled innuendo. .

Meanwhile, Kagan's friends insist that she is not gay.