Catholic comedian’s big gay day out attracts criticism
Yesterday, LifeSiteNews published a bunch of contact details for US comedian Jim Gaffigan, above.
To what end?
The right-wing site apparently wants its readers to let Gaffigan know – in a “respectful” manner, of course – that it’s not OK to attend a Gay Pride Parade with one’s family.
And Gaffigan, a popular Catholic entertainer, has a large family: five kids to be precise – and he and his wife Jeannie let it be known via social media that they all had a marvelous time attending New York’s Gay Pride Parade over the weekend.
He even tweeted on Sunday:
I’m so proud of my gay kids. Happy #pride2017 #pridenyc,
Writing for LifeSiteNews, Pete Baklinski, said that faithful Catholics who love laughing at Jim Gaffigan will be “disappointed” by the Gaffigans’ Pride attendance, and pointed out that:
Even Gaffigan’s wife Jeannie used social media to showcase her family watching the homosexual parade go by. ‘Mom? Is everyone in New York City gay?’ her kids asked her.
Gaffigan, a graduate of Jesuit-run Georgetown University, is often trotted out by the Catholic world as a comedian who ‘brings Catholicism to the masses’ through his gift of humor.
Best known for his family-friendly routines on bacon, McDonald’s fries, and bowling, Gaffigan will also get laughs for his jokes about being a Catholic parent with five kids.
Gaffigan, who is 51, has often been praised by Catholics for his frank adherence to Catholic teaching against contraception.
But there is a side to Gaffigan’s Catholicism that does not square with Catholic teaching. And that’s his take on sexuality.
What follows is a tired old rant about the Catholic Church’s teaching that homosexuality is an “act of grave depravity” and is “intrinsically disordered”.
Despite the Church’s hardline stance towards homosexuality, in 2015 Gaffigan and his wife Jeannie produced The Jim Gaffigan Show which featured “an active gay character”, played by Michael Ian Black, whose attraction to and sexual involvement with other men is portrayed as normal and healthy.
In the show, the gay character is constantly hitting on other men, often asking them out to lunch as he jokes about condoms and oral sex.
LifeSiteNews reached out to Jim Gaffigan by phone and email, asking him if he thinks Catholic teaching on marriage and sexuality “should change, but did not receive a response by press time”.
No doubt in a bid to put pressure on Gaffigan to stop being so damned gay friendly, Baklinski gave out all the comedian’s contact details, including that of his manager.