Pete Wilson Faces the San Francisco Inquisition
Well, it looks like the San Francisco Thought Police is up to its old tricks again.
Demonstrating the sort of Stalinist tendencies for which the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has become infamous, supervisors Tom Ammiano, Aaron Peskin, Chris Daly and Ross Mirkarimi are demanding the resignation of KGO talk show host Pete Wilson. Assemblyman Mark Leno has chimed in for good measure.
It seems self-described "moderate" Pete Wilson (who's really a conservative and just doesn't know it yet) committed the cardinal sin for San Francisco. He dared to question the local liberal gay (LGBTQWERSIPOKJ...) community.
Wilson was critical of the platonic co-parenting (as it's known around here) of gay supervisor Bevan Dufty and his lesbian friend Rebecca Goldfader, who recently gave birth to their baby. The two are planning to move into the same building in November and raise the child together. Wilson had the audacity to refer to the coupling of sorts as "non-loving" and the baby as an "experiment," among other things.
But the truth is, both of these observations are accurate. Dufty and Goldfader do not in fact have any romantic attachment to each other, for obvious reasons. And such nontraditional families are experimental. We won't really know the outcome until these children grow up.
But just the fact that Wilson was critical in any way, shape or form was enough to put him on the chopping block. Supervisor Dufty, to his credit, has not joined in the call for Wilson's head. But his colleagues are now demanding not only Wilson's resignation, but also an on-air apology and a KGO listener and advertiser boycott.
Thus far, KGO has stood by Wilson, but it remains to be seen how owner ABC7 will react. Board president Aaron Supervisor warned ominously that "it is...our job to tell you and the public when your industry makes a mistake and abuses your power."
Abusing power by voicing an opinion?
All of this is starting to sound eerily familiar.
Perhaps Pete Wilson and The Pope should be comparing notes....