In my recent column for the campus paper, the Minnesota Daily, I playfully tackled the issue of glitter bombing, the state's most common form of precipitation this year, given the relatively warm winter. An explanation below:
Now if you’re unaware of what glitter bombing is, it’s the act of contesting someone else’s views that you consider intolerant by displaying your own intolerance toward their views by publicly humiliating them. This way is more fun though: Glitter bombing involves showering the target with dazzling confetti.
Committed by gay rights activists on exclusively GOP candidates, my overall thesis argues:
In the midst of this shimmering warfare that gives new meaning to the Enola Gay, what makes glitter bombing a black eye for the queer guy is that it completely surrenders the capacity for debate.
Even after making it clear that glitter bombing doesn't further legitimize the advocates' case, that they lower themselves to a level of discounting their own intellectual and rhetorical abilities, I've already heard back from a reader or two that they "really want to glitter bomb [me]" to teach me a lesson.
Well, these wanna-be assailants may want to reconsider. Following a glitter bomb incident on Mitt Romney in Colorado, a student has now "been cited on misdemeanor charges of creating a disturbance, throwing a missile and an unlawful act on school property" by Denver police. If convicted, he'll face six months in jail and a $1,000 fine, but stated he had "no regrets."
How do we feel about this? For over a year, Gov. Mike Huckabee and others have been calling for glitter bombing, and similar acts, to be considered "an assault," but I think even a lot of conservatives rolled their eyes at the notion. Not because they didn't agree, but because they thought, given the double standards towards these sorts of issues, it was a forlorn pursuit.
But now Huckabee's wish has been granted, at least to some degree. Most people here would prefer activists just didn't stoop to such childish levels, but it's a reality for whatever reason, so does the punishment fit the crime? I'm just as outraged when these sorts of incidents go unpunished, but that was part of the fun of it all: getting worked up over their collective dismissal. So, also, did we just like calling it "a crime" until it actually became one?