Hubris: how gay!
In a perhaps unguarded moment during a light-hearted radio interview, New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key referred to a presenter wearing a
gay red top. This outraged some who construed it as a slur against the homosexual community. Key later defended himself, stating that he used the word
gay to mean
weird rather than as a deliberate offence; although the Oxford Dictionary only notes its use in this manner to mean
foolish, stupid, or unimpressive.
Nevertheless, his quip has sent the politically-correct over-reactors all a'dither. Sir Ian McKellen has entered the fray, and writes:
I'm currently touring secondary schools in UK, attacking homophobia in the playground and discouraging kids from the careless use of “gay” which might make their gay friends (and teachers) feel less about themselves…
Careless talk damages lives.
Sir Ian needs to get over himself. Or is he so self-obsessed that he cares nothing for those of us who wish to be
gay in a
light-hearted and carefree, or
brightly coloured and showy manner?
Wasn't it the homosexual community that repurposed a perfectly usable and existing word for their own use? They can hardly complain when that same word gets re-repurposed, it's not like they own it or showed any respect for its existing use beforehand.
If they used
homosexual to refer to their sexual orientation, then they could be justly offended at its misuse, but otherwise their whining is just gay. And I mean that in the
foolish, stupid, or unimpressive sense!