I’m keeping this post open to add more developments. Suffice to say, to begin, that Clint McCance’s so-called apology on CNN’s AC 360 is not going over very well. (As I wrote at the time it seemed like Anderson had to pull out the nature of his wrongs. They weren’t forthcoming from McCance himself.)
David Pakman of Midweek Politics with David Pakman (my favourite podcast) was having none of it and was also critical of Anderson.
Dr. Phil called McCance’s performance “a non-apology apology”.
Thursday night Anderson Cooper interviewed the Vice-President of Midland School District in Arkansas whose Facebook rants against gays, “fags”, “queers”, the recent rash of publicized gay suicides of five young men and boys, and his mocking of a day to remember them, touched off such a storm earlier in the week.
Whether it was the glare of the television lights, or the endless stream of upset his comments caused, Clint McCance was, at least, very soft-spoken. It seemed as though Anderson Cooper had to feed him reasons why he should be sorry, other than the fact that his father took him to the proverbial woodshed:
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres joined Anderson and called for people from a wider cross-section of society to become involved in counteracting homophobia and other sorts of bullying.
So, in a whirlwind twenty-four hours or so, Clint McCance has announced his resignation. That would be enough for some people, as would his words – however laboured – with Anderson. It’s too bad there wasn’t some community council way of restorative justice which would compel Mr. McCance to work, supervised of course, with gay kids. He would learn a lot from them, I am sure, as long as his presence didn’t terrify them. Instead he will be able to, should he choose, keep the company of good ol’ boys (and gals) to whom his incendiary, wounding ramblings on Facebook were anything but offensive.
Maybe one day he’ll have the opportunity to speak with a Dad and Mom who’ve lost an LGBT kid to suicide, although I can’t imagine them wishing to speak to him.
Then again, since Mr. McCance has already had a terrible influence on children maybe these ideas are just too creepy and that the focus should remain on the kids he has lorded over with such hateful thoughts and words.