Bil Browning

The G-Bomb

Filed By Bil Browning | July 27, 2006 10:23 AM | comments

Filed in: The Movement

Check out NMVK's recent post on Bob Garfield's Advertising Age article "Wal-Mart's New Online Children's 'Hub' a Real Bomb." In the article Garfield refers to the site as "soooo gay."

Should an article in a major publication use the word "gay" to reference something derogatory? NMVK takes Garfield to task and I have to say, I don't blame him. I hate it when anyone says something is "gay" and they mean it in a bad way. I'm gay. It's not bad. Period. I'd never think of - and I doubt Garfield would either - degrading something by calling it "soooo black" or "soooo handicapped" or "soooo female."

What are your thoughts? Should we get over it? Is it time to just ignore the vernacular and enjoy the gains we've made through the years? Or does using the name of our sub-classification in a derogatory manner set back the cause?

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Rick Sutton | July 27, 2006 1:23 PM


I gave up on Wally World a long time ago. I think a small child's family wishes they'd given up on the 86th St. WM last week.

The stores are filthy, the merchandise largely made in sweat shops, the workers underpaid and uninsured...

It's become a third world environment.

I hate it when I hear someone say "that is soooo gay". I usually ask them to explain. I rarely hear it from people that I know any longer.

Marla R. Stevens | August 23, 2006 8:16 PM

That's so {insert minority term here) is offensive. Not saying so functions as agreement. You really do have to speak up. Lori has established that it works. As more and more people object, the free space in which to say it grows smaller as does the sense of the would-be sayer that it paints him/her in an unfavorable light.