Looking for some way to disapprove of the ‘Chico’s kiss,’ Times columnist turns “a simple kiss” into “necking”
Ramon Renteria, a wonderful writer and a mentor to many a young reporter, usually captures the essence of El Paso in his columns. Maybe he did this time, although I’d like to think not. I won’t link to his column, because the links are disabled after a week and you might be reading this some time in the future.
He did what many others have done, sort of a version of “some of my best friends are …” or the Seinfeldian “not that there’s anything wrong with that.” Not wanting to admit to disliking gays, let alone being outright homophobic, he and many others have made the assumption that the Chico’s kiss was a full-on mackfest. Yeah, I don’t have a problem with gay men, but …
But he blows that dodge by telling the truth early in the column:
— Media reports suggested this was a simple kiss
Then, oddly, with no proof to the contrary, he goes on to talk about how inappropriate it is to make out in public. For example, with sentences like this:
— Kissing at restaurants is inappropriate, a basic lack of respect for others. Diners don’t want to see you barefooted, bare chested or swapping DNA.
He ends the column with this:
— Necking in public never blends well with that double order with extra cheese and extra salsa on the side.
Cute, but logically flawed. Unless you don’t care about logic, and you’re looking for something on which to pin some disapproval on the Chico’s guys.
— Sito Negron