Lesbian gang epidemic
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On the June 21st, 2007 edition of The O'Reilly Factor, Bill O'Reilly, along with the help of "Fox crime analyst" Rod Wheeler, reported that there is a lesbian gang epidemic in the US, particularly in the Washington, D.C. area where there are up to 150 lesbian gangs. To illustrate the point he showed a video that appeared on YouTube entitled "Chick Fight." He also claims that these gangs are forcibly recruiting young girls and coercing them into homosexuality. O'Reilly provided two examples, a Tennessee-based gang called GTO (Gays Taking Over), who he claims have been involved in raping young girls,[Note 1] and a Philadelphia-based gang called DTO (Dykes Taking Over), both of which were easily debunked by the Southern Poverty Law Center along with one of the alleged beatings.
Sgt. Brett Parson of the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department's Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit has said that there are "150 to 175 total gangs in the D.C. area, and out of those only nine where the predominance of members are female" and Detective Patrick Word, president of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Gang Investigators Network, stated there is no evidence of a lesbian gang epidemic in his region (1 lesbian gang was reported).
Wheeler mentions that these gangs are carrying pink pistols. This appears to be a shot at a gay pro-gun organization entitled Pink Pistols, whose mottos are "Armed gays don't get bashed" and "Pick on someone your own caliber."
Presenting facts that are unsubstantiated is an easy way to create an audience. Unfortunately, fanning the flames of homophobia by creating such a story endangers the lives and livelihoods of homosexuals and those perceived as possibly being gay. All extraordinary news stories require fact-checking, as news stories often "go over the wire" and are picked up by other news agencies, perpetuating a falsehood. Similar propaganda techniques have been used by such regimes as Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, to great effect.
Armed lesbian gangs have long been a staple of certain action movies (The Lizzies in The Warriors, The Cycle Sluts in Chopper Chicks in Zombie Town, etc.) Knowing him, it's possible that O'Reilly saw one of these films and mistook it for a documentary. Alternatively, it is generally agreed that if we have to have gangs, lesbian ones would be preferable, as at least 151.675% [Note 2] of the population really likes looking at young, attractive women kissing.[citation NOT needed] So, O'Reilly might have been attempting to harness the power of positive thinking to make this dream a reality. It's also relevant that butch lesbians are known to have a fondness for leather jackets and motorcycles,[citation NOT needed] but see the Dykes on Bikes for evidence. It's possible that an ostensibly heterosexual man such as Bill would have had difficulty comprehending this particular facet of lesbian culture and instead interpreted it through the lens of 1960s exploitation films.
- Isn't it weird though that raping young girls would make them.. wait- heterosexual?! Hardly evidence for a gay gang, but we're sure there's an explanation and we'll get to it later.
- I made this number up, but it feels true.
- Susy Buchanan and David Holthouse. "The Oh-Really Factor". Southern Poverty Law Center.