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That’s so gay? February 5, 2011

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Sayings or phrases come and go. They are the linguistic equivalent of trends.

In the “Gay 90s” (1890s) in the USA, gay meant happy or care-free. Wikipedia authors describe it this way:

“The term itself began to be used in the 1920s and is believed to have been created by the artist Richard V. Culter, who first released a series of drawings in Life magazine entitled “the Gay Nineties” and later published a book of drawings with the same name.[1] The high life of the “old money” families was well documented in the novels of, for example, Edith Wharton, and Booth Tarkington.

By the 1920s, the decade was nostalgically seen as a period of Pre-Income Tax wealth for a newly emergent “society set”. The railroads, the agricultural depression of the Southern United States, and the dominance of the United States in South American markets and the Caribbean meant that industrialists of New England seemed to have been doing very well.”

Today, an internet search of “Gay 90s” pulls up a club for homosexuals in Minneapolis. Truth is always stranger than fiction.

Next, let’s visit Dictionary.com for a definition…

–adjective 

1. 

having or showing a merry, lively mood: gay spirits; gay music.
2. 

bright or showy: gay colors; gay ornaments.
3. 

given to or abounding in social or other pleasures: a gay social season.
4. 

licentious; dissipated; wanton: The baron is a gay old rogue with an eye for the ladies.
6. 

of, indicating, or supporting homosexual interests or issues: a gay organization.
–noun 

7. 

a homosexual person, especially a male.
–adverb 

8. 

in a gay manner.
You have to arrive at the fifth definition to get the modern application. So, you can imagine my attitude when I saw a TV PSA featuring Wanda Sykes dressing down teens in a diner who were throwing around the phrase “That’s so gay!” It’s called the “Think before you speak” campaign. Full disclosure: I have written a blogpost entitled “Wanda Sykes Sucks” so you will pardon me if I don’t think she’s a credible spokesperson for any legitimate organization, paid or pro bono.
Let’s read a few things Wanda has said:

A woman would pitch a joke. Nothing. Then a guy would pitch it and everybody would laugh. But sometimes the women writers will pitch something and I’ll hear it, but the men will keep talking.

If something stinks, I say it stinks. But I try to massage it a little and not be as cutting, come behind it with a joke: Hey, I cut you deep, but now let me put a couple of stitches in you.

It’s easier to rip somebody to shreds while you’re making them laugh.

Men don’t hear women.

Some government workers are dedicated and work hard, but most of them are just waiting to retire.

I got the job by walking into the director’s office, … I saw this guy behind a desk and said, ‘Where is the director, little boy? What is this — bring-your-kid-to-work day?

This is amazing, the First Black President – I know you’re biracial – but the First Black President! You’re proud to be able to say that – The First Black President. That’s unless you screw up. Then it’s going to be, ‘What’s up with the half-white guy, huh? Who voted for the mulatto, what the hell?

Rush Limbaugh — I hope the country fails. I hope his kidneys fail, how about that? He needs a waterboarding, that’s what he needs.

Okay, that’s enough.

What’s the point of protracted quotes from Wanda Sykes? She’s a comedian, right? It’s supposed to be funny, right? Unfortunately, humor is a highly subjective art, like painting and music.

Like all liberals, she desires the right to say whatever is on her mind, but she’s not interested in it if it disagrees with her…and she’s willing to abridge YOUR free speech rights to be hurtful while protecting her own.

This is classic duplicity. Back to Dictionary.com:

–noun, plural -ties for 1. 

1. 

deceitfulness in speech or conduct; speaking or acting in two different ways concerning the same matter with intent to deceive; double-dealing.
Ms.Sykes can have trouble with the male of the species but we are to wave it off. She can be condescending but we are expected to chuckle under our breath. She may “cut you deep” and you have no claim on injury. She can even declare she wishes your organs fail and we are expected to ignore it. After all, she has her right to freedom of speech, freedom of expression.
Ms. Sykes, that street runs both ways…not one way as may be the case with homosexuals.
Let’s check out freedom of speech from a historical perspective via Wikipedia:
“A succession of English thinkers developed the idea of a right to freedom of expression, starting with John Milton (1608–74), then John Locke (1632–1704) and culminating in John Stuart Mill (1806–1873). Locke established the individual as the unit of value and the bearer of rights to life, liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness. It was the role of Government to protect these rights and this belief was first enshrined in the US Constitution, with the First Amendment adding the guarantee that “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press”.”
That seems pretty clear to me. If I desire to say something about someone’s sexual preference, politics, car, home, racial or culture attributes, seriously or in jest, it is my right, protected by the US Constitution.
That does not mean I agree with Nazis, pornographers, or others who find their wealth or spend their time with the basest of human activities, but if I begin to abridge their rights, I open the door for them to abridge mine.
It does not mean I won’t suffer consequences of my speech, but I am guaranteed my right to say it. I agree with Evelyn Beatrice Hall:
“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”

Wanda Skyes shows time and again she has no understanding of this reality. Yet, she has the guts to tell us not to say “That’s so gay.”
Well, Wanda, that’s so gay.
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1. Mike - March 3, 2011

I couldnt agree more,, if you wanna say thats so gay then say it… This world is so sensative its getting out of controll.. God forbid something would happen like a naturall event that caused people to fend for themselves .. 80 percent of the population would die of starvation.. Totally got off point but ,, say what you want to say and if someone disagrees oh well .. This is america people


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