Overreacting, or Right On The Money? TWITTER SPAT!

A Twitterer I was following, who has hundreds of followers, made a couple comments in the last couple days in which he’s using homosexual terms to insult others, like “gay” and “faggot”.

Strikes me as a very grade-five thing to say, and I call him on it. Publically. He called me politically correct and blocked me.

Here’s my Twitter feed’s archive. Now here’s the exchange.

Greg Scott’s initial comments:

Professional soccer players are such faggots.

When I call pro soccer players faggots I am referring to their repeated dramatic displays of injury, the most disgraceful in all of sport.

And, the next day:

Pink tie against a pink dress shirt with a grey blazer. Good gravy. The CBC National weather guy has every right to dress gay but why?

So, I said:

First some athletes are “faggots” now this guy dresses “gay”? Wanna get a 21st century vocab and ditch the homophobia?

To which he wittily retorted:

Your fear of language and over reaction to words evokes a stifling political correctness I’d prefer you not share with me.

And I got blocked. Dang, Hilda, when am I gonna learn to play nicely with others?

Mm. Yes. I’m just SO politically correct. That’s all this blog smacks of, all day long. Political correctedness. Its predecessor was called The Cunting Linguist but when I got interviewed on San Francisco radio and they couldn’t say the blog name, I thought, “Well, that’s no good.” So here we are at Smut and Steff. Politically correct? My fucking ass.

Wanker. In the world’s largest language, with more than a million words, you have to use “faggot” and “gay” as your adjectives? Your definition of “faggot” as it pertains to the soccer players, for instance, sounds more like a word I know as “actors” or some would even say “hams”, and I’m not opposed to insulting pigs.

Also, I think the fashion-challenged meteorologist sounds more “effeminate” or even “sissy” than gay, since most of the gay men I know can kick most straight mens’ asses. As Jon Stewart says, “Gay goes to the gym.

But, really, as long as we’re living in a world where people are still carrying placards that reads “God hates fags” and are dressing their kids in shirts like these? Yeah, I’m going to make a comment when fuckwits banter about words that sound a little laced with hate and judgment and 1960s mentality, thinking they’re all witty and cute. Somebody should. And I fucking VOLUNTEER.

When you’re using it as an insult, pal, you’re saying it’s a bad thing, you’re judging. And itmakes you an ass, even if it’s just you in your smug urban-hipster posturing.

But hey. I’m just a politically correct cunt with an itchy Twitter-finger. So what do I know?

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8 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    Posted August 26, 2008 at 4:06 am | Permalink

    Right on smutt!
    The nice thing about twitter is you never need follow wankers, hmmm no, I mean people who masturbate, umm no, I actually mean idiots, racists or homophobes.

    Good for you to bother to call him on it.

    Love Twittilate xxx

  2. Claire
    Posted August 26, 2008 at 4:48 am | Permalink

    Oh I hate the use of “gay” as an insult. It’s just shows the lack of vocab the person has. I am probably one of the least politically correct people I know but that doesn’t mean I’m going to use words like “gay” or “faggot” as a negative adjective.

  3. Ellie
    Posted August 26, 2008 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    Whatever, that person *is* homophobic. He wasn’t saying that he doesn’t like chocolate ice cream and therefore “chocolate ice cream is gay”. Those weren’t random adjectives. He was using it to directly comment on the perceived masculinity of soccer player and men that dress certain ways. So, fuck him and let him call you PC. But he is the one that is an asshole. And as long as the updates aren’t private, then I think you *should* publish his name.

  4. Ursula Brangwen
    Posted August 26, 2008 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    Ummm… I was gonna say something similar to ellie, but not so eloquently. Can I just say “ditto?” and feel good about myself?

    But, yeah, wanna hear something weird? My best friend in H.S. was a gay guy who constantly used “gay” as a derogatory adjective. He’d laugh at like a frog jumping onto a lily pad and say, “Hahaha. That’s so gay” or see a bad movie and say “That was .SO. gay.” It made no sense. He never used it to describe people, though. It’s infiltration of our vernacular really makes me scratch my head sometimes. Maybe it really is the sentiment that changes a word’s connotation?

  5. Cynthia
    Posted August 26, 2008 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    Good for you Steff! This asshole may think he’s just not politically correct but the truth is he has a limited vocabulary and lacks imagination.

  6. a
    Posted August 26, 2008 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    you definitely have a good point steff and ellie, he was pretty damn deliberate in his wording and deserved to be called out on it.

    way to go.

  7. Anonymous
    Posted September 12, 2008 at 4:14 am | Permalink

    Why exactly is he blocking you? Is it because HE is afraid of YOUR language, and over-reacting to YOUR words? WHO is actually doing the stifling? Methinks he doth protest too much.

  8. michael
    Posted March 21, 2009 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    Twitter is like invisible paparazzi.…..I still can’t get people being so insecure they need to know what everyone is up to.…..for me they are just two excuses for not actually doing things in real life.…

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