The case for ‘faggot’

The recent comments by shock-jock Ann Coulter about President candidate John Edwards being a “faggot” has cause a pretty big stir and is leading companies to stop advertising on Coulter’s website and caused people to initiate a petition to have her removed from her contract with Universal Press Syndicate (read the gay article here). It’s also causing a lot of people to wonder why it’s different from when Coulter, who uses vulgarity like a lighthouse beacon on a sea of publicity, called Al Gore a, “total fag,” a year ago. Some thought that, ” we would be reaching a tipping point with anti-gay hate where it will no longer be acceptable, and maybe we are reaching that tipping point now.” Others think that since the Presidential campaign is revving up, now’s the time gain publicity on such issues.

Coulter

I personally think that the reason there’s so much heat over this edition of Coulter’s verbal diarrhea is that ‘faggot’ is much more reprehensible than ‘fag.’ First of all, fag used to mean cigarette, and a lot of people still like to smoke- even gay people. Second, the word ‘faggot’ is longer, and that means you have to be more intelligent to understand what it means, and, being more intelligent, you’re more likely to take the word for what it is: a tool to get people fired up.

Let’s take her comment for what it is, an intentionally shocking word that is only offensive if one allows it to be. There’s nothing innate in the word that is offensive, it’s just what the person saying it intends and what the person who hears it takes it to mean. If I thought the word ‘faggot’ meant somebody who was successful and someone called me that word, I would take it as a compliment. So, you see, that it takes two people to transfer the insult successfully- the giver and the receiver. So, take the receiver out of the equation and IGNORE Ann Coulter. That would be the most harmful thing you could do to her.

If you still want to limit your vocabulary because people take certain words as offensive (the list could be endless), visit the list here.

I Hate Ann Coulter, by Unanimous

Godless, by Ann Coulter

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2 responses to “The case for ‘faggot’

  1. Huh. It seems we pretty much agree about Ann Coulter — except I curse more. No?

  2. perhaps- unlike Coulter, I try to use word that mean something instead of just produce an emotion. It all has its place, though, eh?

    Regardless of what you think of her politics, she is just a shock jock- along the lines of Howard Stern. That works for some people- I personally can’t stand it.

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