“…Oh yeah, this one…does not age well…”
~Editor-in-Chief Johnny Roosevelt, upon reading this enclosed issue of The Informative American
Sometimes, the best way to make yourself a better American is to address the mistakes of your past. This is a subtle way to say that in the 1950’s, even though some views that were casually aired might today seem “fucked up,” they still at least offer us something to learn from. And just because AFFotD used to exist in the 1950’s as a bi-weekly pamphlet called The Informative American doesn’t mean that we agree with the ones that we bring out of the archives and post. Some of them? Yes. Communists are the worst. Recycling is terrible. Women…oh no, wait, yeah we don’t endorse that one. Just pretend we didn’t mention that one. Carry on.
Anyway, the following post, written by lead-paint damaged, emotionally crippled Americans in 1956, is an example of something not to take at face value, but to learn from. Because this is a very narrow minded, extremely out of date, frankly surprisingly hateful even for the time it was written article about homosexuality. Hot button topic, we know. And by hot button topic we mean, “Of course gay people deserve the same rights as everyone else—this isn’t Iran, this is America.” AFFotD is an equal opportunity employer, and we embrace all creeds, races, ethnicities, and orientations. Except for the French. Fuck the French.
Plus, we don’t mean to go all “studies find homophobes are more likely to be closeted homosexuals” on this, but that might explain some of the, erm, extreme rhetoric used in this article.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you. But just to warn you again—this is clearly the opposite of how you should view this topic. Clearly.
The Informative American’s Guide To The Homosexuality Virus (originally published January, 1956)