Tuesday, April 14, 2009

That's so gay...

Mr Q and the Gardener just watched "Role Models" last night and I was thinking I was maybe being hypersensitive to the number of times the implication of someone "being gay" or "acting gay" or "that's so gay" came up as the punchline in the movie...

Then I read this sad story here on ABCNews.com...

Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover was 11-- hardly old enough to know his sexuality and yet distraught enough to hang himself last week after school bullies repeatedly called him "gay."

Sirdeaner L. Walker, 43, found Carl hanging by an extension cord on the second floor of the family's home April 6, just minutes before she was going to a meeting to confront school authorities again.

"When you are in elementary school, one of the first things you learn is the feeling of hurt when you are called 'gay' or 'fag,'" said Presgraves. "It doesn't matter if you are gay or straight. The term 'gay' has become synonymous with "uncool."

"The expression 'That's so gay' is one of the most heard in school, and students recognize it as derogatory," he said.

I'm not blaming "Role Models" for this, but maybe we can all learn from this tragedy and find some other words in our vocabulary to make a joke...

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