Nick Frabasilio's Straight Liberation Movement: Poe's Law?
Straight Liberation Movement: Nick Frabasilio is Either Trolling or Crazy
Bay Area resident Nick Frabasilio started something called the Straight Liberation Movement, which purports to take back American society from gay influence, or something like that.
Of course, there's a Straight Liberation Movement Facebook page, which is currently getting trolled. Nick Frabasilio makes for an easy target, though, going on about how gay men use straight women to somehow get at straight men, subjecting them to unwanted flirting and "rapeversation".
Rapeversation? Wait, What?
Nick Frabasilio describes "rapeversation" as "a slang term for the unwanted "conversations" straight men are forced to have in public places with gay men all day, and the main weapon gay men have used to colonize public space.They have a a supposed nconversation with someone else, but actually direct the conversation to some unwitting straight man. "
In other words, Frabasilio thinks that, every time he hears a gay man speaking, he presumes that that gay man is speaking to or about him. That's... nuts.
Also, leaving aside the fact that not everyone whose voice you can hear is actually talking to you, no sane person could equate flirting and rape, while still hoping to be taken seriously.
What is Poe's Law?
We think that Nick Frabasilio is trolling, and that Poe's Law has taken effect. Poe's Law, a neologism coined in a Christian forum, posits that any parody of fundamentalism risks being mistaken for actual fundamentalism. The term was coined by Nathan Poe, who wrote, "Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is uttrerly [sic] impossible to parody a Creationist in such a way that someone won't mistake for the genuine article."
The term has been broadened to include religious fundamentalists in general, and their social or political equivalents.
Alternately, in the words of Futurama Fry, "Not sure if trolling... or just stupid".
Joe over at Joe. My. God. points out that a man named Nick Frabasilio had popped up at a Bellingham, Washington city council meeting, claiming that his mother's head was being kept alive by the Mafia for torture.
Indeed, we've seen a few reactions to the Straight Liberation Movement meeting scheduled for April 4, 2012, but have yet to read an account from anyone who was actually there.
In the Bay Area, Nick Frabasilio was also involved in a demonstration against increased police presence near Berkeley's Telegraph Avenue.
If Frabasilio isn't trolling, then he's clearly divorced from reality: he lives in a country where homosexuals are legally second-class citizens, yet he accuses them of "colonizing the public space".