We can’t understand why anyone would be offended. Just the past few days we’ve discovered it was perfectly acceptable to call someone a toxic little queen, and the left sure doesn’t seem to mind. So what’s all the hubbub about calling someone a maricón?
The Roman Catholic cardinal in the Dominican Republic responded on Thursday to news that President Barack Obama had nominated an openly gay man as ambassador to the island nation by calling him a ‘maricón’ — slang for ‘faggot’ or ‘sissy’ — during a press conference.
Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez took questions on Thursday in the capital city of Santo Domingo about the appointment of James ‘Wally’ Brewster, an Obama campaign donation ‘bundler,’ as his nation’s top emissary from Washington, D.C.
Asked to shift topics to a question about agriculture, the high-ranking clergyman brought laughs from reporters by saying, ‘We went from faggots and lesbians to chickens, now?’
‘In the United States anything can happen,’ he complained. ‘But there’s no one in this country who doesn’t know what my position is on the matter.’
One Spanish-speaking source who has spent five years in the Dominican Republic told MailOnline that the word ‘maricón’ is equivalent to ‘faggot’ or ‘queen’ in English, but can also be used to insult gay men as ‘sissies’ or ‘wusses.’
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santo Domingo did not respond to a request for comment emailed in English.
But some journalists in the Dominican Republic are predicting broad resentment toward the U.S. over Brewster’s nomination.
Writing in the newspaper Acento, columnist Jose Alberto Ortiz said ‘Obama knows that a large majority of the Dominican population rejects [the idea] that two people of the same sex can unite in matrimony and form a family.’
President Obama has nominated five gay men to top diplomatic posts in the past month alone.
They include Brewster, former Obama for America finance chief Rufus Gifford (Denmark), Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Baer (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe), former Office of Personnel Management director John Berry (Australia) and former HBO executive James Costos (Spain).
Costos and his partner, decorator Michael Smith, bundled more than $1.1 million in donations for President Obama’s re-election. Brewster, too, was in that exclusive $1 million-and-over club.