CNN anchor Don Lemon and singer Lady
Gaga have been accused of riding a gay fad by radio host Peter Heck,
media watchdog RightWingWatch.org reported.
Lemon recently told The New York
Times that he's gay, ahead of the release of his upcoming
264-page memoir titled Transparent, in which he talks about
his experience, becoming the third openly gay high-profile news
personality behind MSNBC's Rachel Maddow and Thomas Roberts.
Lady Gaga has publicly acknowledged
that she's bisexual and is a proponent of gay rights. The title
track of her sophomore studio album Born This Way has been
widely hailed as the new gay anthem.
Lemon's coming out and Lady Gaga's gay
rights endorsements have riled Heck.
“Every time [a celebrity comes out],
and we are treated to the seemingly endless litany of interviews that
applaud the recently outed individual's courage and fortitude, I'm
left scratching my head,” Heck told his listeners.
Heck insisted gay people should keep
their sexuality private, saying “it's just kind of creepy that
these proponents of sexual anarchy feel it is their civic duty to
incessantly shove their unconventional behavior in front of our
“But beyond that, let me be blunt:
there is absolutely no courage to be found in following what has
become an alarming fad amongst the entertainment glitterati by
joining the LGBT crowd.”
“If Lemon really wanted to
demonstrate courage, let's see him 'come out' in the media as a
Bible-believing, born-again follower of Jesus Christ whose faith
teaches him that homosexuality is morally improper. Rather than
basking in the glow of the entertainment crowd's unyielding
affection, he would be immediately tarred and feathered for his
draconian allegiance to discriminatory and prejudicial fairy tales
coming from an ancient, bigoted book.”
“That inconsistency is what leads us
to a culture where someone as genial and pleasant as Dr. James Dobson
is branded a hater, while someone as vile and perverted as Lady Gaga
is hailed as a courageous trailblazer,” Heck added.