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Hilarious satire of the American youth's gross level of homophobia? Or OFFENSIVE? >:O

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First of all, I'm probably not done with "The Trainer's Log", for those of you who were following it (I counted your heads; there were about five of you). I just need to think up some more material, and I feel compelled to write this while it's still recent.

I was watching The Onion News, which, if you don't know, is a satirical news network that makes up hilarious stories, many of them spot-on parodies of the fallacies of modern society, such as this one: "Patriotic Teen Fails Spanish Class" (the teen's comment: "I don't see why I need to learn it, I'm American, I speak American."). Or this one: "Lucky Fans get Buried with Oprah in Massive Tomb" (or something like that).

So, I was watching The Onion, and my mom walks in while I'm watching a story about the success of a new anti-smoking campaign that tells teenagers that "Smoking is gay". I personally found the story hilarious, a clever satire of the homophobia of the average American teenager (I say "American" to avoid the risk of being told what-for by the lucky people on here who don't get bombarded by homophobia from their fellow teens, like I do). Apparently, anything having to do with gay people (and basically anything where the word "gay" is mentioned) is "making fun of them". I tell her that it's a clever satire of modern-day homophobia, not homophobic itself, but in true mom-ish fashion, she doesn't want to hear it. She threatens to take away my computer time for the day (her solution to basically every problem), and walks away.

I'm wondering what you think of this. I think it's funny, and I don't see how it could offend anyone (well, besides the dumb homophobic teenagers who are the ones ACTUALLY being made fun of in the story, NOT gay people). I'm hoping you guys aren't like my mom, where apparently anything that mentions the word "gay" is unnaceptable. *Sits with fingers crossed and hopes not to get any backlash from this*

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  1. Buzz's Avatar
    It's a bit offensive to see it used in an actual broadcast, satire or not.
  2. tyler212's Avatar
    You said gay way to many times I am now going to avoid you like the gay plague

    I would have laughed had I seen it
  3. Karamazov's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by tyler212
    You said gay way to many times I am now going to avoid you like the gay plague

    I would have laughed had I seen it
    They have a YouTube channel where you can view it and many other videos.
  4. Ferbgor's Avatar
    That's funny. Stop being being so butthurt and laugh!
  5. Pandantic's Avatar
    I dont understand why saying "gay" is such a big deal. For starters it actually has another meaning, and its not a very powerful word. people use it the same way they use "lame", so whats wrong with that?
  6. Karamazov's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bulba_Panda
    I dont understand why saying "gay" is such a big deal. For starters it actually has another meaning, and its not a very powerful word. people use it the same way they use "lame", so whats wrong with that?
    My friend took a serious issue with this. She said saying such things is taking their identitiy and twisting it into something negative.
  7. Kamex's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bulba_Panda
    I dont understand why saying "gay" is such a big deal. For starters it actually has another meaning, and its not a very powerful word. people use it the same way they use "lame", so whats wrong with that?
    That's exactly what's wrong with that. The word is used in a completely different way than it's supposed to, and while it might not be an insult towards gay people directly, it's just not right to use something that is used for one's identity and use it as a pejorative term, no matter how general and non-homophobic the pejorative then is. It's the sheer concept of taking something and using it that way that's bothersome already.

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