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'Gay' vs. 'Retarded' and suspensions

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by thebiglead, Oct 31, 2006.

  1. thebiglead

    thebiglead Member

    An ESPNU announcer uses 'gay' on-air and is suspended a game.
    Venerable Tom Jackson calls Irvin 'retarded' on-air and simply apologizes.

    2 questions, and that's without bringing Steve Lyons into it:

    -Is 'gay' that much worse than 'retarded'
    -Should the mentally-challenged community be outraged

    Just curious. Seems like a capricious decision.
  2. blondebomber

    blondebomber Member

    Gay vs. Retarded. Now that's a pay per view I'd buy.

    It would be a battle between retard strength and prancing agility.
  3. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    Sometimes I split the difference and go with "gaytarded"
  4. MU_was_not_so_hard

    MU_was_not_so_hard Active Member

    I'm going to hell for simply reading this thread.
  5. Flying Headbutt

    Flying Headbutt Moderator Staff Member

    You never say something is gay to someone who is really gay. Just like you don't say handicapped people are retards. You call your friends retards when they're doing something retarded.
  6. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    Actually, the thread poses a very legit question. As some of you know, one of my kids has Down Syndrome, so perhaps I'm biased. Nonetheless, I find the use of retarded (when it's used as a pejorative) offensive. However, as someone who used both words in a pejorative sense for many years before I came to know better, I think a little bit of a side discussion on sensitivity is a more equitable solution than firing someone over it.
  7. MU_was_not_so_hard

    MU_was_not_so_hard Active Member

    Cran, I agree, I think teaching someone how to thing before they talk would do more than cutting them lose.
  8. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    The truth is a strong defense.
  9. 50 scent

    50 scent Member

    Thank you Michael Scott, I am sure Oscar appreciates your sympathy
  10. Flying Headbutt

    Flying Headbutt Moderator Staff Member

    Well he did get a trip to Europe out of it.
  11. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Did somebody say Prancing Billy?

  12. There seems to be a real air of desperation to people who go out of their way to defend using the word "gay" or "faggot," as if they're angry they can't get away with using other slurs anymore, so they're going to bitterly cling to gay-bashing for what all it's worth.
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