Sorry, Lady, but not everyone knows this. You would be amazed at some of the ideas, comments, and questions that people have concerning gay people.
I said I realize this is just a tv show, BUT some people don't seem to understand that. Heck, there are people out there who wanted a rescue party formed to save the castaways on "Gilligan's Island". The fact is many people will take what they see on tv and believe that is what ALL gay people are like. When those portrayals reinforce bad stereotypes, then real people suffer.
Yes, Howard, the show is "Six Feet Under", and I do think it is a better portrayal of a gay couple.
Okay, the "bad" words... Hmmm... It usually takes a lot to offend me, personally. It can be a matter of "it doesn't matter what you call me, it's what I answer to". It also depends on the context in which the word is used. You are correct that it does also make a difference as to who is using the word.
I, certainly, don't find your using the words to ask a question offensive. Nor do I find them particularly offensive when used by friends (gay or straight) in a joking manner. Ex: After work one evening, I was freshening up and spritzed myself with cologne. A lesbian friend questioned, "You carry cologne around with you?" I showed her that I actually had three different types. To which she responded, "You f@g!" I found that funny.
I do find them offensive when used as a put-down or an attempt to be deliberately rude. The examples that I can think of here: "That's so gay!" to indicate that someone has done something badly. It's an obvious derogatory comment. Then, of course, there are those that think it's okay to walk around carrying signs that read, "God hates f@gs".
LOL... yes, Girl12, I've seen "Before Night Falls"... I AM gay, after all...LMAO. It's still novel enough to have a gay movie or television show that whenever one comes out, we tend to know about it and tell our friends.
It was okay... it falls into that "gay/AIDS" catagory that sometimes gets on my nerves. If you look at the movies out there that feature gay characters, too many seem to center around AIDS- in my opinion.
That's one of the reasons that I love the movie "Big Eden". It's just a love story. Pure and simple.
Posted: 02 Oct 20:54