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Universal Studios pulled a line from the trailer of their movie "The Dilemma" because Vince Vaughn says, "Electric cars are gay, I mean, not 'homosexual' gay but 'my parents are chaperoning the dance' gay". Here is the pulled trailer:

Should we stop using the word GAY in this way? Can you think of a good alternative?

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Re: Is using the word "Gay" offensive?

At some point ya just have to start rebellnig against all of this political correctness. It's crippling society. I will continue to use the word "gay" and any spelling variation of it as I wish, whether it offends or not. In fact I'm offended by people who get offended by it, so there. Wink

Now, if anyone tries to use the word "straight" for anything other than a heterosexual person, I'm going to be offended. See how ridiculous that sounds? Tongue

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Re: Is using the word "Gay" offensive?

I agree 100% and I have some really close gay friends. According to the dictionary:

Definition of GAY

1
a : happily excited : merry <in a gay mood> b : keenly alive and exuberant : having or inducing high spirits <a bird's gay spring song>
2
a : bright, lively <gay sunny meadows> b : brilliant in color
3
: given to social pleasures; also : licentious
4
a : homosexual <gay men> b : of, relating to, or used by homosexuals <the gay rights movement> <a gay bar>
gay adverb
gay·ness noun

Examples of GAY

  1. The band was playing a gay tune.
  2. the gayest of the spring flowers

Origin of GAY

Middle English, from Anglo-French gai, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German gāhi quick, sudden

First Known Use: 14th century

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Re: Is using the word "Gay" offensive?
Good argument! I think, today anyway, "gay" is a buzz word used by kids, kinda like, lame, stupid, ridiculous, I don't think kids are actually thinking of gay people when they say it. And like SM said, there's more than one meaning for the word.

Straight also has several meanings:

  • The quality or state of extending in one direction without turns, bends or curves; or being without influence or interruption
  • An agricultural feedstuff fed straight to animal without processing.
  • The personal character of displaying honesty or fairness
  • A poker hand containing five cards in sequential ranked order
  • An expression for a heterosexual person (as an antonym to queer or gay); see also straight-acting
  • A type of punch used in boxing, also commonly known as a Cross

    So if "straight" became a buzz word, would I be offended at all ? Nah....
    I can hear it already, "awww maaannn that is sooooo straight" Laughing

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Re: Is using the word "Gay" offensive?

Yes when in general usage. Between friends in a conversation that will never be heard by others just about everything is fair game. But the simple fact is people who are gay are made to feel bad about something they can't help and didn't ask for. Being gay is not a bad thing but people are told it is and using gay in a negative tone reinforces to young insecure gay people that they are bad. Add to that pressure from religious organizations telling gay people they are sinners or our own government telling gays they are equal to straights.

If it's bad enough that kids are killing themselves over it then the answer has to be yes. Unless they are killing themselves over Justin Beiber, cause that would be natural selection.

Funny story time.

When I was younger and was at the skatepark all the time I would hassle the $hit out of kids for using gay in a derogatory manner. I'd ask if that car really has a sexual preference, stuff like that. It really confused them. When they would trash talk a person about being gay or calling a person gay I would tell them I'm gay and that I was going to kick their @ss and they'd have to tell their friends they were beat up by a gay guy. That always made me laugh.

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Re: Is using the word "Gay" offensive?
p to the izzle wrote:

Unless they are killing themselves over Justin Beiber, cause that would be natural selection.

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Re: Is using the word "Gay" offensive?

Ah yes, I have seen that before. Lesbians and young skateboarders. I can't say I didn't follow trends but looking back now that seems so dumb.

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