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Esquire Apologizes For ‘Shit-Sniffing Faggot’

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Looks like Esquire editor David Granger heard your jaws hit the ground. When readers received the current issue, they were slapped with an article on “How To Be a Man,” which recommended throwing around curse words to show your machismo. This included the phrase “shit-sniffing faggot,” which Esquire advised you use when talking to your neighbor. Advocating homophobia much? Now, an apology:

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The statement issued by Esquire:

In the “How to Curse” section of our May 2009 feature, “How to Skin a Moose,” we presented a parody of extreme profanity and its users, contrasting exaggerated examples of offensive language with ordinary situations. The target of the parody was profanity itself and not the various people who might be its object, including gay people. But we used a particularly offensive phrase we shouldn’t have. It certainly was not our intent to cause pain. Judging from the reaction, we did. For that we are sincerely sorry.

Meanwhile, one of our own Queerty readers contacted Esquire to demand, like, WHAT THE FUCK THEY WERE THINKING. They responded:

In the “How to Curse” section of our May 2009 feature, “How to Skin a Moose,” we presented a parody of extreme profanity and its users, contrasting exaggerated examples of offensive language with ordinary situations. The target of the parody was profanity itself and not the various people who might be its object, whether nine-year-old-boys, female police officers, gay people, or the vision-impaired. The absurdity of the context should be clear. But to those who take particular offense at our mocking of offensive language, we apologize.

Sincerely,
The Editors

It didn’t end there. Our reader followed up with:

Thank you for the apology but you have to realize that kids are killing themselves and kids are killing kids because of comments like that. Where do you draw the line when it comes to humor? And I’m not the one you should apologize to. It’s a perfect chance for you to step up to the plate with this. There is a lesson in here if you are compassionate enough to see it.

To which Esquire hit back with:

We do appreciate your concerns and are doing our best to address them. Right now, we are putting an apology on the home page of our website and we have recalled a page from the June issue, which had closed, so that we can add a box including that apology to the first editorial page of the issue. The last thing we want to do is cause any reader or any citizen undue pain. In general, we attempt a generosity of spirit that tries to include people rather than alienate them.

Good enough? Case closed? Forgive and forget?

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On:           Apr 14, 2009
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  • 19 Comments
    • Ed
      Ed

      Forive, maybe, but not forget, and definitely watch for further offenses. I saw Two & A Half Men last night, and they made jokes about a flight attendant that was a “colored homo” and “thankfully they made him use tongs with the rolls because I can’t risk the AIDS” that infuriated me so much I wrote an angry blog: http://hillbillyhomo.blogspot.com/2009/04/humor-when-is-it-too-far.html

      and an angry letter. You have to watch people to make sure they don’t give in to their baser sides.

      Apr 14, 2009 at 8:59 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chip
      Chip

      Yep: you’ve gotta nail it when you see it.

      Apr 14, 2009 at 9:14 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • BootsieGee
      BootsieGee

      The litmus test for all everyone; publishers, TV and movie directors, musicians, etc. should be this:

      What sort of drama would ensue if you substituted the N-Word for the F-Word?

      I am certain Esquire would not publish “shit-sniffing ni**er.” because it is offensive and shows a severe lack of intelligence. Can you imagine the media fire-storm that would cause!

      Apr 14, 2009 at 10:18 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jonathan
      Jonathan

      Yeah, case closed. But if they fuck up again, there aren’t any excuses.

      Apr 14, 2009 at 10:33 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Brad
      Brad

      I’m actually kinda embarassed by all this – like when the teacher yells at the class to be quiet when you’re up for show-and-tell and you just want to crawl into a ball and die. I don’t want people to think that gays are uber-sensitive and humorless.

      It’s the same way I feel when asians get offended by Sarah Silverman’s ‘racist’ comedy.

      Apr 14, 2009 at 10:40 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • arrcee
      arrcee

      I wrote them as well saying that “shit-sniffing faggot” is not funny just like “cotton-pickin’ n***** could never be funny, no matter how you spin it.” and that they had seen the last of my money as I will never again buy their publications.

      I’m all for comedy and parody but there are degrees. If they had used the word “poof” (without the lovely shit-sniffing part) I believe the “article” would not have caused the uproar it did. It would not have upset me at all actually.

      Anyway, my two cents …

      Apr 14, 2009 at 10:53 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Attmay
      Attmay

      And people wonder why I’m heterophobic? Give me one good reason not to be afraid of “straight” “people”?

      Apr 14, 2009 at 11:19 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sam
      Sam

      @Brad: Brad, I’m with you up to a point, but for a mainstream publication to use the word “faggot” without a hint of irony, especially referring to a nine-year-old boy, is just over the line, even if it’s meant to be funny.

      Here’s why: http://www.glsen.org/cgi-bin/iowa/all/news/record/2400.html

      Apr 14, 2009 at 11:29 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hardmannyc
      hardmannyc

      I got that it was a parody and thought it was funny. And if you think “cotton-picking nigger” (why are you so afraid of that word? You give it more power by those “***”) is never funny, you never David LaChapelle’s show — which I miss terribly.

      Apr 14, 2009 at 12:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sam
      Sam

      @hardmannyc: If this was an article by a gay guy, I’d be okay with it. Given that it’s an article about “How to be a (stereotypically heterosexual) Man,” I’m not.

      Apr 14, 2009 at 12:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • naprem
      naprem

      @Ed: To be fair, Ed, the whole point of that passage was to point out how horrible that person was, and how nobody wanted anything to do with her.

      Apr 14, 2009 at 1:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ahoke
      ahoke

      so swearing shouldn’t be offensive? i don’t get it.

      dangit!

      Apr 14, 2009 at 1:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hardmannyc
      hardmannyc

      @Sam: Interesting comment. I’ve heard it before: blacks saying “We can call each other niggers. You can’t.” Jews “kike”; gays “faggot.” Not sure I agree, but I kind of see the logic, such as it is, in your argument.

      Apr 14, 2009 at 1:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dave
      Dave

      THe magazine sucks anyway. I’ll never pick it up.

      Apr 14, 2009 at 2:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sparkle obama
      sparkle obama

      @hardmannyc:

      well darling, if rick warren can fumble haltingly toward Change, so can you!

      Apr 14, 2009 at 2:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Whup-Ass Master
      Whup-Ass Master

      It’s worth noting that this hilarious attempt at humor on the part of Esquire appeared in a section of practical “how to’s.” I get the magazine (it’s a freebie subscription) and the “how to swear” item is not presented as a joke at all. That this feature was included in their “How to be a Man” issue, makes the apology ring hollow. At a some meeting the Esquire editors made a judgement that calling a 9-year-old boy a faggot is one way to be a man.

      Shameful.

      Apr 14, 2009 at 4:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sal
      sal

      @Chip: really??that sounds horrible

      Apr 14, 2009 at 4:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jamie
      Jamie

      In a way, it’s almost pointless to even respond to something like that. Esquire makes itself look so bad, so utterly without class (or even humor, as it’s pretty lame humor), that nothing more really needs to be said.

      Apr 14, 2009 at 4:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • thatguy
      thatguy

      really? do we have to be offended by everything? jesus people its a fuckin joke

      Apr 14, 2009 at 6:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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