Rabbits in photos may not be gay, Times warns

Photo by Jeff Koons for the New York Times

In today’s Sunday magazine, the New York Times has outdone itself in a piece titled “The Love That Dare Not Squawk Its Name.”  The subtitle provides helpful amplification: “Inside the science of same-sex animal pairings.”

It’s not the article that stopped me in my tracks, but the minuscule text under the credit for the photographs.  It reads in part:

No assumptions should be made about the animals’ sexual preference based on their appearance in this portfolio.

I’m not kidding, and I doubt that the Times is.  Perhaps the magazine is engaging in ironic humor, but it is hard to believe that Old Gray Lady would do that.

The editors really seem to be worried that the rabbits and Chinese silkie chicks shown above, plus the cats, sheep, roosters and butterflies in the photos would sue them if readers think they are gay.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

If the editors concerns were not so offensive, they might be laughable. I, for one, am not laughing.

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