I swear, if someone calls me a fag again on the Internet, I'm going to hold him down and make sweet love to hi... Oh, wait...that's not it. Right, I meant I'd take a crowbar and beat him soundly about the everywhere (at least in my head). I mean, I get that it's mostly people who are dumb/lazy and think that it will somehow silence others in their oh-so-important capslock shouting match over a youtube video. I don't begrudge that usage because I can't do much about it-even if it's an insidious logical fallacy that will someday destroy modern society. But more about this later.
No, my problem is people who call me "a fag" for being nice/moral/ethical/polite/considerate/a mature citizen of the world-even online. To the former and latter groups, I would like to respond in the manner most befitting your kind: a short, simple, easy-to-understand clip from an item of popular culture (if SP didn't work).
But, "fag," really? I think we all know how gays act, I mean come oooo~oooon Bravo is basic cable, honey, jeez *sassy eyeroll and heavy sigh with headsway*. Have you not seen TV and movies and magazines and awards shows and reality TV and and and.....? Homosexuals are catty, vicious creatures whose main skills revolve around making crude sexual jokes, relating things to sexual acts, designing dresses for Tyra Banks, crying, and insulting the appearance of others, girlfriend. Would the magical glowing box that tells me what to eat and where to shop lie to me?
|No, seriously. They're not wearing shirts because they laid them down so the old ladies they were helping across the street wouldn't step in any puddles.|
So, why "fag?" Well it's still pretty socially acceptable to use-and on the internet most people seem pretty fearless- as well as it can make sense in most contexts. But in the end, I really just don't get it. No one ever wants to explain just how I am a fag for not thinking I have the right to hurt other people or steal or abuse the social contract or because I don't want to do the drugs they do?
Now, I know there's more, colloquial definitions but those are typically of a person who is incredibly annoying (just look at the example of the South Park episode referenced above). I really just try to avoid using it for any occasion. I know quite a few gay and transgender people who suffer attacks from the casually cruel to outright malicious. One of my favorite teachers in high school was related (cousin, as I recall) to Matthew Shepard. Once, a student just casually called another kid in class-and this is a seminar where we're usually saying some pretty crazy things-a "fag." The teacher didn't freak out, but he spoke with such passion and intensity when he said, "Don't ever use that word around me." I guess it's just different when you have a strong emotional connection to a word that people like to toss around. I don't know if there's much more I can say on the subject without getting more depressed about it.
It's just such a useless thing, because deep down we're all a little gay. Right Ron?
"A good man does the right thing, a great man does the right thing even when no one is looking."