Sunday, January 21, 2007

The F-Word

Isaiah Washington of Grey's Anatomy fame said faggot. Alert the media! Oh wait, they already were alerted.

But they are so busy reporting about Washington's apology and whether or not he will get axed from Grey’s Anatomy, that they’ve missed the real story. What I really want to know is why faggot is the new f-word.

Vilifying the word faggot does nothing to decrease homophobia. It merely gives homophobic haters yet another powerful word to throw about. Why do you think some men who have sex with men openly refer to themselves as faggots? Clearly, when the very people who are meant to be hurt by the word faggot embrace the term, it removes the word’s negative power and leaves the haters looking stupid.

So, instead of expending so much energy demanding apologies and calling for the firing of some idiot celebrity who said faggot, perhaps folks should focus on something that would actually decrease homophobia. The real message here should be that it is irrelevant what kind of sex TR Knight, or any other consenting adult, chooses to engage in, not that saying the f-word is a no-no.

2 comments:

Kevin said...

I'm still at a loss as to why Isaiah Washington's getting all this flak. All he said was, "No, I never called T.R. Knight a faggot."

Mr. Washington has since apologized "for using a word that is unacceptable in any context or circumstance."

So where is the outrage against the media for quoting the word "faggot?" Where's the outrage against T.R. Knight for saying to Ellen, "Yes he DID TOO call me a faggot!"

It seems to me that they are quoting Washington whe was probably quoting the person who originally asked him, "Hey, did you call T.R. a faggot?"

Le Renard said...

speaking of reclaiming words:
http://www.matthewhunt.com/cunt/reappropriation.html