A Gay Dad’s Letter to the Anti-Gay, Mother’s Day Slushie Victim


Thanks to the television show Glee, the slushie has been elevated from an overly sugary refreshment to an act of public humiliation.  Not since a cream pie hit the face of Anita Bryant, has a caloric treat wielded such stature.

Previously, the slushie had been confined to fictional encounters.  It has now entered our reality.  On Mother’s Day 2014, a young woman named Jessica Prince became so irate that she felt compelled to throw a red slushie at an anti-gay protestor.  You might call it, The Slushie Heard Around the World.  The slushie  actually only grazed the woman, but splashed her enough that those who repeated the tale use the term “doused”.

The protestor, Christine Weick, instantly brandished pepper spray. Jessica Prince flipped her off from a safe distance.   The stand off dissipated, but news of it had only just begun.


Christine at a prior protest wearing slushie-proof gear

Conservatives like blogger Dan Calabrese decided that the slushie  toss was not the reaction of a lone pissed off young woman, but an orchestrated effort by all of “the secular left”.   The “secular left”. he says. “clearly believes it has the upper hand in the cultural debate, and it has absolutely no intention of tolerating dissent. Not only that, but it views those who challenge its orthodoxy as basically sub-human, to the point where an action like this one is justified in their minds.”

Mass left-wing conspiracy theories not withstanding, as a gay dad, I would tell Ms. Prince the same thing I have to remind my son Jesse when he gets angry at school, and acts out.  It usually goes something like this: 

“OK Pal, so who was first in the wrong?”   “They were.”  “What did you do about it?”  “I threw something at them.”  “Was that a good idea?  Whose action was worse, and who got in trouble?”  “No, my action was worse, and I got in trouble.”   “Not a great choice then, was it, huh?”  “No.”

So—quick note to Ms. Prince.  Let’s re-think the slushie and remember that it is the tool of the BULLIES on Glee, not the good guys.

In such incidents at school, Jesse is charged with resolving the situation.  That often includes composing a letter to the person he harmed, and taking responsibility for his actions.  It can, ideally, be a tool to make amends.  Ms. Prince seems a capable young woman and I do not mean to detract from her own restitution, but since people like Mr. Calabrese have swept all of us who witnessed the event into his broad brush of blame, I figured I would chime in:

Dear Ms. Weick,

I am sorry you experienced a sense of humiliation standing on that Michigan street corner this past Mother’s Day.  Having something wet, cold and sticky with shards of sharp ice tossed your way could not have been pleasant.  I am truly regretful for that part of your experience.

The anger behind the toss, however, was deserved.  Let’s face it, you are in the business to inflame, if not enrage.  Beyond the issue of marriage equality, you have sought to create a series of controversies through your exercise of free speech.

Your former past as an ex-witch still appears to help mold your current persona as an author interpreting and messaging the biblical book of Revelations.   Like many others, you have taken it upon yourself to declare various signs of the “end times” to tittilate anyone who will listen to you.  Those that you have cast as perpetrators in the “end of days” scenario include the Occupy Wallstreeters to Obamacare.  Worse, you bought a billboard to declare through direct implication that the Anti-Christ is none other than Pope Francis


Christine’s billboard regarding her theory about the pope

Publicly saying cruel things to people you don’t know is not a new behavior for you.   

Please be aware, bullies with an agenda are still bullies.

Which leads me to your Mother’s Day sign.  You stated “THANK YOUR MOM TODAY FOR NOT BEING GAY”. Mr. Calabrese was able to explain the supposed logic it tried to convey.  He stated, “All gay sex would mean the end of the human race. Seems pertinent to the day.”

I would be happy to relieve both your and Mr. Calabrese’s concerns in this matter. While I am loathed to speak on behalf of all LGBT people, I am going to go out on a limb and do so in this case:  We don’t want you, or Mr. Calabrese to have gay sex. 

We do not want any heterosexual who wants to procreate to have gay sex.  We do not want people in opposite sex marriages to leave those arrangements and get same sex partners.  Keep your private parts doing what they are currently doing.  We do not want all sex that is had …to be gay.  It can be mostly heterosexual sex.  That is A-OK by us.

We want dignity and respect for our marriages, our loves and our own lives –period. (Guess what, many of us were not going to have heterosex anyway.)   

So, please, feel better in knowing that by allowing us to live our lives, a threat to the state of heterosexual domination simply will not happen.  I think you can take further solace in the fact that if Pope Francis is, to your theory, the Anti-Christ, he will certainly take over the world faster than we gay people could hypnotize borderline heterosexuals over to our camp .  So, even if that was our agenda, which it is not, your end-times theory would be your trump card.  You would still win.  So…please,  leave us alone.

Leaving us alone is the point.  As I said, I am sorry that you had to suffer the indignity of a slushie, but you set out to create harm, and that causes reactions.  You were being a bully.

The person who best spoke to the harm you were causing was the lady in the car who called out  “I am gay, and I have children.”  She, and families like hers, like mine, were the ones at whom you threw your verbal  slushie .  Your sign told our children their parents were inferior and they should be ashamed to have us.

Whether you believe that we are sub par as parents or not, the fact you put that statement in the face of our children is unbelievably cruel, or as the gay mother told you, “Sick.”

There is upside in this for you as an attention hound. If it weren’t for Ms. Prince, you would not be getting notoriety.  You prayed for an event like this.  That slushie was your friend. As they say however, be careful what you pray for, you may get it.

The notoriety you have gained will increase the visibility on the public questions you have raised.  Who exactly is, or will be, the “Anit-Christ”?  Is it truly the pope as you have speculated?  Or is it a person or people even more destructive to children of faith?  That person, I think, would be the person who drives the children of earth away from Christ in droves.  That person would make   just the mention of Jesus’s name a source of revulsion rather than attraction. 

I believe we all met that person on the street corner in Michigan. 

Tonight, when you go home, go to the bathroom and look in the mirror.  The face of the accomplished anti-Christ will be staring back at you, unmasked.  That person is you.


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About robw77

A single gay dad who cares. His story can be read here: http://www.imagaysingleparent.com/2013/02/02/rob/ and here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/31/rob-watson-gay-family_n_4689661.html
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17 Responses to A Gay Dad’s Letter to the Anti-Gay, Mother’s Day Slushie Victim

  1. Natalie Desmarais says:

    She was out there today on Father’s Day with “Thank you Dad for not being gay.” I yelled, “That’s a terrible witness!” I should have told her that Westboro Baptist is accepting new members. Ugh.

  2. hey hun, dont you wish that my mom would be able to understand this post

    Twisted Words Writings Taryn L. Jacobs

  3. Laura says:

    would have been and the most wonderful speech zapper if you didn’t have to attack the conservative before you did it. Having conservative values does not make you wrong. It means you want to keep the money you earn and not spend it on people who have no interest in taking care of themselves. I fully support and endorse gay right, their ability to marry, their ability to have every right is bestowed on any hetero couples. Your approach is 90% great. That 10% allows the conservative right to discount your very valid points. Better luck next time.

    • robw77 says:

      Thanks for your comment Laura, although I don’t understand your point. No “conservatives” were attacked in the introduction to the letter, a self described conservative was quoted. I am not sure if he is just a social conservative or also a fiscal conservative (as you describe), but the article is very specific in calling out conservatives like him who share his opinion. Very glad to hear you are not one of them.

    • Ben in oakland says:

      ” It means you want to keep the money you earn and not spend it on people who have no interest in taking care of themselves.”

      you should be concerned about corporate welfare, then.

  4. ktah says:

    I’m always amazed how so-called ‘christians’ seem to overlook or ignore the bible passage at Matthew 19:12 where Jesus states it as a simple fact of life that some men are not inclined towards marrying women and that they are “born that way”.

    • bllard says:

      And you obviously overlook many other passages in the bible (big key one love everybody -paraphrasing-). Try reading it again with an open mind. You will see the contradictions every where and thing I bet you would refuse to follow (ex stoning someone for lying). So please stop using one line of the bible as your reason for hate and discrimination. If you are going to preach it and use it as a derogatory tool, try following the words exactly as they are written don’t just pick and choose at your will.

  5. *epic face palm* As a Witch myself, I am so disgusted someone came from a place of personal empowerment all the way to shaming others. Although many Pagans are open minded, some are not. It’s sad. Why can’t we all just get alone?

  6. Keith says:

    I wouldn’t call Ms (and I do say Ms. because she’s divorced *for shame*) Weick the anti-christ, but I would call her the absolute anti-thesis of what God/Jesus/Jehovah or whoever propagated those books was aiming for. For someone who is quite brazenly disobeying her God’s will; being divorced, speaking out against a man, and as I recall, wearing a shirt made of 2 different fibers., she sure has a lot of nerve to judge anyone. Now people will say, “that’s old testament, that isn’t practical anymore”…welcome to “our” argument; you “Christine Weicks” out there are picking and choosing beliefs out of your bible like they’re the dollar menu at McDonald’s; how does that work?
    For everything we truly know about Ms. Weick, she should have been stoned to death a lonnggggg time ago, but as a progressive society we encourage her to be a strong, single woman, to live her life, and to succeed, yet instead of doing that, she targets “the wrath of GOD” on people she doesn’t even know, on a mentality of a 3.500 year old book; I ask you, who is the real monster here?

  7. Robert says:

    I live within walking distance of that corner and unfortunately was on a road trip up north when it happened. Theres a huge mall right down the street and if you can tell from the video, theres a huge church right on that corner. Alot of people dont know it but Western Michigan is actually a mini bible belt. I grew up in the Detroit area and had no idea until I moved here. Grand Rapids, itself, it democratic…as most cities in general are. But the surrounding areas are deeply set in the Dutch Reformed Church. So, putting that in perspective, Jessica Prince had golden bowling ball sized balls doing what she did. Word will get around with her friends and family and no doubt she’ll be shunned by a few people. But she did it anyway. So yea, if I see her around she gets a drink on me

  8. Chas says:

    I have given some serious thought as to whether Pope Benedict was the Anti-Christ.

  9. Erik says:

    I was very angry that the slushie missed direct contact. It reminded me of when GW Bush ducked and the shoe missed his head. People need to practice throwing things before they use it as a means of expression.

  10. Lopsided says:

    … Is it just me? Or is her face completely lopsided?

  11. Ricky says:

    Is there a pun intended for Mrs. Bryant? Anit-Christ? She surely deserves it.

  12. louise says:

    I’ve been saying this for awhile. This “new” “right” “christianity” which thinks nothing of cursing like a sailor, bullying & braggarting, insisting on prayer in public (VERY specifically spoken of as unneeded & wrong by Jesus), sneering at those not they, doing the superiority dance, & getting involved in making law in our free country: are The anti-Christ themselves. They are not meek, humble, modeling Jesus, helping the sick/poor/disabled. They are ugly souls. Very ugly. They are chasing people away from faith. Indeed, they are: the anti-Christ. True Christians need rise up against this enemy of their God, their Jesus.

  13. Ben in oakland says:

    Brillantly put. Let’s call the person who acts like the anti-Christ what she appears to be.

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