It’s Not Gay, Retarded or Ghetto.

May 27th, 2011, by

I just love the new ThinkB4YouSpeak campaign urging people to stop using the word “gay” to mean stupid (video below). Especially in light of the fact that in the past month, two NBA stars and one MLB coach (Kobe Bryant, Joakim Noah and Roger McDowell, respectively) used anti-gay slurs during games. Bryant, Noah and McDowell were fined and/or suspended for their slurs because, in the end, language matters.

As insensitive terms go, most people are aware that “faggot” is egregious and shouldn’t be used. But what about terms like “no homo?” As in, “I trust my best friend Calvin with my life. No homo.”

And for me, it doesn’t just stop at anti-gay slurs. In addition to “gay” and “no homo,” I’d also like to nominate the following terms for elimination from common derogatory usage:

Retarded (e.g. “You forgot your locker combination? You’re so retarded!”);
Ghetto. (e.g. “She showed up to the party looking so ghetto.”).

What terms/phrases would you add to this list? Share your thoughts.


Last modified: May 30, 2011 at 1:24 pm