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Honnor on Jonestown

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Occasional commenter Geoff Honnor has a great piece in the gay press on Jonestown written in his inimitably elegant prose (spotted via Landeryou):

    It’s hard to sustain a case for closeted hypocrisy operating here. Jones doesn’t deliberately misrepresent himself as heterosexual, doesn’t push an overtly anti-gay agenda, doesn’t have a lot of time for God-bothering and, in this respect, plays by the rules he grew up with. Basically, it’s don’t ask, don’t tell …Masters states (with strangely Jones-like certitude) at the outset, that there “is nothing honourable about [Jones] concealment of his sexuality,” but I suspect that Jones’ listeners would prefer not to hear Alan banging on about the deployment of his genitalia over their breakfast Wheaties and he’s happy to oblige …
    There’s rather too much pop psychosexual analysis, and far too little attention paid to what seems to have been a slow evolution in Jones’ acceptance of his sexuality. Masters tells us at one point that Jones “overruled earlier advice” and began to employ male butlers at his Newtown residence, the first of whom was “black and expressly camp” and who “made quite an impression” on arriving guests …
    I would have liked to have heard a bit more about how a closeted poof ended up coaching (quite successfully) the national rugby union side, followed by the Balmain Tigers and the Rabbitohs. From what Masters tells us, few involved were under any illusions about Jones’ sexuality
    Where Masters does convince is in his analysis of what makes Jones as influential as he is. It’s not so much about the size of his audience (not that huge and confined pretty much to retired Sydney suburbanites). It’s more about the energy, indeed, hyperactivity of the guy. Letters pour forth like Niagara, calls are made continually to the great and the powerful, commitments are followed up relentlessly, threats are made, denunciations are issued, causes are taken up and all at a breakneck pace that leaves the reader dizzy.

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November 9, 2006 at 10:03 am

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  1. What Jones’s sexual preference is… is irrelevant….why can’t people see the obvious….the issue is that he is a fuckwit… who cares whether he is a straight or gay fuckwit…. a fuckwit’s a fuckwit and that’s all.


    November 9, 2006 at 10:30 am

  2. I see Birdy’s demeanor is catching!!

    Geoff and others such as young Jase have completely failed to note that :
    1) Masters does not have a history of Judith Brett like analysis of why a person acts so

    2) does indeed have a very good record as an investigative journalist

    if one puts 1) and 2) together then it would lead one to think Masters actually got this from the people he interviewed.

    Of all the people in the world Philip Adams got it right in his OZ column!!

    Bring Back CL's Blog

    November 9, 2006 at 10:48 am

  3. Adams is very good at remembering his version of events; it was the NSW ALP in particular Grusovin that campaigned against gays in high places resulting in a Royal commission. No evidence, just a destructive whispering campaign, they confined their inquiries to homosexual not heterosexual activities.

    Laws and Adams have never been friendly esp at 2UE.


    November 9, 2006 at 11:38 am

  4. I sympathise with Geoff in having to read this POS (piece of shit) in order to write his review.

    No doubt he’ll cop a severe letter to the editor protest from fellow gay David Marr about how he’s letting the side down in his critique.


    November 9, 2006 at 1:30 pm

  5. Bravo.

    Jones is supercool.

    We must come down hard on these lefties when they perform these hateful anti-gay witch-hunts.

    This filthy leftist behaviour is aimed at all gays. It is the left saying that homosexuals OWE THEM. That they will be tolerated so long as they behave like teachers pets. And the message is that its a crime to be not part of the right tribe or to shut the door before shacking up.

    Its pretty much a crime to be a competitor to ABC radio these days it seems.


    November 9, 2006 at 2:00 pm

  6. Whoops, I’ve wandered into Blair’s site by mistake.


    November 9, 2006 at 2:02 pm

  7. Andrew Landeryou is reviewing the gay press?

    Geoff Honnor

    November 9, 2006 at 7:01 pm

  8. Must say the same question crossed my mind, Geoff.


    November 10, 2006 at 10:48 am

  9. Don’t look at me for answers. I barely know the guy. I just visit his site for pointers.

    Jason Soon

    November 10, 2006 at 11:00 am

  10. Kitty

    November 10, 2006 at 11:45 am

  11. I meant Andrew Landeryou gives credit to Andrew Bolt. Too many Andrews!


    November 10, 2006 at 11:45 am

  12. Another manifestation of the Masters/Marr strategy, this time in the US aimed at a house slave who escaped the plantation

    Bill Maher is worthless git – this fellow turned up as a dead Steve Irwin at a Halloween costume party. He also mocked Christopher Reeve for falling off a horse and becoming paralytic. Typical human-hating animal libber.

    Jason Soon

    November 10, 2006 at 5:01 pm

  13. Jason, it wasn’t very gracious of me to have overlooked thanking you for the “inimitably elegant” comment when I commented initially.

    Andrew Bolt clearly subscribes to an online clipping service that searches on his name. Or maybe he just googles………….whatever, I found his use of “activist” to describe a poof writing about another poof, instructive.

    Geoff Honnor

    November 10, 2006 at 7:11 pm

  14. I know this book has flown off the shelves, but I just can’t get interested in reading it. Maybe that’s because I’ve never listened to Alan Jones. Geoff’s article is the best I’ve read so far, in part due to the phrases ‘good poof’ and ‘bad poof’. The mental images are interesting!


    November 10, 2006 at 8:43 pm

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