Why is our society making this man do this in public?
Why would anyone not personally involved take an interest?
"But he represents...
" Bullshit. Don't bother trying to finish that sentence.
Nobody "represents" anything. Not even royalty and presidents. We're all just people. As Robert De Niro said in The Deer Hunter
: "This is this. This ain't somethin' else: This is this
Much of our low media infrastructure -- Jerry Springer, the tabloids -- has existed to humiliate people for unapproved sexual activity. But why do we care about the private kinks, errors, oddities, unconventionalities, betrayals and ecstasies of others? Are our lives really so small?
Mind you, I'm not going to apologize for writing about former Republican Speaker of the House Danny Hastert, who made his visiting wife get a hotel room (on Valentine's day!) while he continued to live with his male "constant companion." Neither am I going to apologize for what I've written about George W. Bush, the former male cheerleader who had a gay hooker posing as a journalist stay over at the White House. Those guys rolled into office aided, in large part, by appeals to homophobia. The conjunction of power and hypocrisy justifies our interest.