The Limits of Celebrity Rallying

Lt. Dan Choi, in an interview with Newsweek, takes aim at the Human Rights Campaign, in part for the way that its rally to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was organized. After the rally, Choi went to the White House and chained himself to the White House gates, where he was later arrested.

Choi says, “When I heard Kathy Griffin was going to be a spokeswoman for Don’t Ask,
Don’t Tell, I wondered about that. I have great respect for her as an
advocate. But if [the Human Rights Campaign] thinks that having a rally
at Freedom Plaza with a comedienne is the right approach, I have to
wonder. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is not a joking matter to me. To be at
Freedom Plaza and not at the White House or Congress? Who are they
trying to influence? I felt like they were just trying to speak to
themselves. If that’s the best the lobbying groups and HRC can do, then I
don’t know how these powerful groups are supposed to represent our
community. Kathy Griffin and [HRC president] Jay (sic) Solmonese said
they would march with me to the White House but didn’t. I feel so
betrayed by them.”

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