Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass continue to be absolute train-wrecks. How people this tone deaf become wealthy is surprising. I have to assume they were born into part of it, allowing them much easier access to continuing success? Otherwise, I'm impressed. In a bad way.
After Reisner and Weiderpass initially defended their hosting of unapologetically anti-gay Sen. Ted Cruz in their apartment, where a guy died after a drug-fueled night of partying just a few months earlier, both have since issued statements acknowledging they were wrong and apologizing for it.
However, how sorry are they, when they continue trying to get press not to apologize and move on, but to explain why they were not wrong in the first place, and to defend themselves as pro-gay?
In their new sit-down with New York magazine, they're clearly treating the entire matter very lightly; their tone is that it's ridiculous that people were so upset:
Very flippant. Very charmed by their own non-existent cleverness.
Weiderpass passionately defends his record as a gay-rights supporter, and continues to push what he sees as a big achievement—getting Cruz to admit he would love his daughter all the same if she were a lesbian. See, I'm actually much more interested in how Cruz votes and in how he demonizes gay people in the public sphere, much more so than I am interested in whether he's a loving dad. Dick Cheney loves Mary Cheney, but he was still part of the most successful anti-gay pushes in history. Legally, he helped push gay to the brink of being illegal. So it matters not one iota to me whether or not he loves his gay daughter, unless we're discussing his humanity, in which case I'd say it makes him a slightly better person, but deeply hypocritical.
This is actually the problem with how they're arguing their own case, actually. They think because they've done good things for gay rights, they can't personally be anti-gay—that they're not the enemy.
It's not even about them as people. They're gay, they probably want good things for gay people. However, if they're willing to provide gay cover for a homophobe with actual power, and if they're supporting candidates who are anti-gay, that—as in the Cheney example—pits them against gay people. That is what gay-friendly people should protest, not, “These guys are anti-gay in their hearts!” Because that's not what counts, unless you're trying to be their friend.
As a bonus in how-not-to-resuscitate-your-public-image, Reisner throws in that The Out, which some people are boycotting, isn't making any money anyway. He makes this point while insulting his customers:
They end by saying they want the issue resolved. I'm not sure why anyone should forgive and forget when they're clearly just struggling to make themselves look better and make anyone upset with them seem like they're overreacting.