According to a recent action by students at the prestigious Johns Hopkins University, Chick-Fil-A has been banned from conducting business on the campus due to its alleged past stance against homosexuals.
The students reportedly feel that allowing the chain eatery to be on campus perpetuates “micro aggression” against “visiting prospective and current students, staff, faculty, and other visitors who are members of the LGBTQ community or are allies.” This is obviously a PRE-EMPTIVE attack against a chicken restaurant that (pardon the pun) went aFOUL with the gay worldview. But, there is a curious logic to the attack. The seemingly thin-skinned collegians seem to believe that since heterosexuals have not been oppressed in the past, there is no way we can know just how 'bad' gays have it in life. Unfortunately, there is a fallacy in the argument.
Those who have been marginalized (gays) are the 'victims.' Of past injustices to THEIR 'uniquely' non-traditional lives, there are probably times in which equity did not entirely shine. But now, those marginalized in the past AGAIN (pardon the intended pun) come out as 'victims.' All it takes is a mainstream group (like the feathered fast-food place) to assert its counter-viewpoint against the increasingly visible propaganda put out by homosexual groups and allies, and society is again made aware of this part of the liberal agenda. The status of the marginalized group as 'victims' is reaffirmed as 'new' news. But, even this daisy-chain of possibly disingenuous social protest is beginning to have seen its day. Students at Youngstown State University in Ohio are fighting back against such consciously-created, yet equally awkward messages.
“Signs advocating...a week of 'straight pride' appeared on Ohio's Youngstown State University campus earlier this week. The anonymously posted messages called for students to kick off finals week 'by not annoying the s*** out of everyone about your sexual orientation,' and not 'telling everyone how 'different' you are'." The article and the signs continue.
“'Nobody cares about what you think you are, or what you want to have sex with. We have nothing against your sexual orientation. We just don't give a f***'."
Now, while such messages have been chided as being 'unprofessional in a public educational milieu,' the REACTIONS to such potentially salient messages are indicative of a deep and growing set of DUAL public relations problems the LBG...-whatever community has. While more visibly organizations like the National Socialist Movement solidly espouse the traditional nuclear family (one problem), the fact that these students were ANNOYED by the non-traditional message is another. It's not necessarily that the LIKED the homosexual (and adjoining) lifestyle(s), but rather that there is an evolving undercurrent of young adults who are instead COGNITIVELY RESISTANT to hearing the endless drone of the message.
From a PR standpoint, this is a very bad sign. When an movement begins hearing such 'push-back,' it means that listeners are NOT ENGAGED in considering the original message, because they are sick and tired of HEARING it. At least the NSM routinely gets engaged (and sometimes enraged) push-back. But, maybe this is a 'sign of the times' for the non-traditionalists. While some of us decidedly do not LIKE their message, a growing number curiously don't even want to listen!