A few weeks ago, the big controversy was GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, petitioning to have the “electric cars are gay” line removed from The Dilemma. While no one wants to die on the hill of defending a bad joke in an awful-looking Allan Loeb movie, it was a transparently BS publicity movie on GLAAD’s part, since they’d already seen the trailer and said nothing about it, and only decided it was worth their moral outrage after Anderson Cooper brought it up on Ellen (and never said it should be censored, by the way).
Perhaps feeling overconfident after getting the “gay” line pulled from the Dilemma trailer (but not the movie), GLAAD decided to set its sights on Glee for their use of the word “tranny” in their Rocky Horror-themed episode. That’s right, an organization dedicated to preventing discrimination against gays went after GLEE and ROCKY HORROR. The NYDailyNews caught up with original Rocky Horror star Susan Sarandon, and even she thinks GLAAD needs a fresh cup of shut the f**k up.
When we caught up with Sarandon, she said the controversy puzzled her. “What should they have said?” she asked, adding that she knew plenty of people who proudly called themselves “trannies.” GLAAD, she said, was “getting like PETA – way out of control.”
GLAAD spokesman Richard Ferraro responded by reiterating his organization’s objections. “The word ‘tra—y’ has become an easy punch line in popular culture,” he wrote in an email, “and many still don’t realize that using the term is hurtful, dehumanizing and associated with violence.” [NYDN]
Susan Sarandon is right, and not just because she’s got big jugs. No one wants to go against these self-appointed PC policemen because it feels like taking Fred Phelps’ side, but these word police are just as bad. Really? “Tranny”? Isn’t that short for “transvestite”, or “transgender”? There’s a reason people use it: it’s ACCURATE. Same with “retarded.” It means “slow.” As in someone who learns slowly. Again, not offensive, accurate. Just because people who are hateful can use the word too doesn’t make the word itself hateful. Making a blanket judgment against the word itself just means you’re incapable of understanding context. THE WHOLE POINT OF A WORD IS THAT ANYONE CAN USE IT. Just because a group is discriminated against doesn’t mean the most attention-hungry d*ckwads get to invent a NEW word to describe them. For one thing, they are TERRIBLE AT IT. So start learning to understand context, because, and I hope I speak for all the rational, non-prejudiced among us, I will chug a hobo’s colostomy bag before I ever use an idiotic, nonsensical f**king word like “handicapable.”
I want more like this!
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