Kagan Softball InnuendoTuesday, May 11, 2010
The Internet is buzzing about the Wall Street Journal‘s use of a photo of Elena Kagan playing softball. Of course, the complaint is that the implication is that she is a lesbian, and yes, lesbians play softball. Hence a conservative paper digging up the old photo. Ben Smith at Politico has reproduced the page here. Vanity Fair also made mention of the story. At the Chicago Sun-Times, they reprinted a couple of photos and mentioned that Elena played 16-inch softball, which is, apparently, when the fielders don’t wear gloves. This is supposed to be Chicago “tough.” Sounds stupid to me.
A spokesman for the WSJ, when asked about the intentions of the photo, stated:
“If you turn the photo upside down, reverse the pixilation and simultaneously listen to Abbey Road backwards, while reading Roland Barthes, you will indeed find a very subtle hidden message,” said Journal spokeswoman Ashley Huston.