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Queerty’s Quick-N-Easy Apology Guide For Athletes Who Say “Faggot”

When Kobe Bryant and Roger McDowell first uttered their “homo” and “faggot” slurs, we had no idea how popularly the trend would catch on with other sports stars!

First DeSean Jackson called a radio caller a “gay ass faggot”. The during a game last week, White Sox Gordon Beckham wrote “GETZ IS GAY” in the dirt, referring to his former teammate Chris Getz. Then minor league pitcher Ian Krol Tweeted an anti-slur.

Jackson, Beckham, McDowell, and Bryant all share something in common: an immature initial response to being called out on their hurtful language. But Queerty’s here to help fix that so that the next morons to utter an anti-gay slur can get on with the apology, on with the consequences, and on with their lives. And it’s much easier than the public penance we laid out for Tracy Jordan!

But before we get onto our prescription for apology, let’s look at what the fuck was wrong with Jackson and Beckham’s original response to media coverage of their slurs. DeSean initially tweeted with: “WANNA BRING ME DOWN BUT IM OK!!” and “THEY LOOKN 2 TAKE YA DOWN AT ALL TIMES NO MATTER HOW POSITIVE AND WHAT U DO!! ITS ALWAYS A WAY THEY TRY TO GET YA…. IM STANDIN TALL.”

Hmm… who is “THEY”? The haters? The media? The pink mafia? The goblins who live inside Jackson’s shoe closet?

DeSean had done good gay-positive work when he gave an autographed jersey to support Nadin Khoury, a 13-year-old Pennsylvania boy who got attacked on his way home from school by six teens who then threw him in a tree, then hung him upside down from an iron fence, and then uploaded the video of their assault to YouTube.

But sadly, his recent on-air slur will overshadow that good deed, but at least Jackson had the good sense to delete the above tweets and then tweet the following:

“I am sorry for using words that I know to be hurtful and unacceptable in a recent radio interview. I have made a mistake and would like to make it clear that words I used meant no disrespect to the Gay and Lesbian community. Intolerance is unacceptable and I apologize to anyone I have offended.”

Oh dear. Before we get to explaining what sucks about that apology, let us move onto Beckham’s non-apology:

Obviously I apologize and kind of want to move on. Obviously it was meant as a joke but obviously it was in the wrong place and I didn’t mean it that way. I will just try to move on.

The White Sox general manager Ken Williams did a lit better beforehand by saying:

But I’m just disappointed for this to come on the heels of the Kobe Bryant thing, and [Joakim] Noah, and, yes, a number of years ago, the issue with Ozzie [Guillen]. There just needs to be a greater awareness of when you’re in the public eye. Something between two friends meant as a joke? Well, you’re representing not just yourself, but your team, your sport, your family.

The organization didn’t do it. He did it. He should apologize for making us less than what we stand for.

So here’s the issue with their apologies: Jackson says, “the words I used meant no disrespect to the Gay and Lesbian community” when they clearly did. Calling someone you disrespect a “gay ass faggot” is an intentional diss of all the gay ass faggots in our community. Don’t tell us it’s not. It’s insulting and makes you look even more unaware of your own ignorance.

Then Beckham’s apology: “[I] kind of want to move on. Obviously it was meant as a joke… and I didn’t mean it that way.” In other words, get over it, you sensitive homos. OBVIOUSLY it was a joke and if you didn’t get my hilarious joke then it’s your problem because I’m ready to move on.

By:           Daniel Villarreal
On:           Jul 12, 2011
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  • 19 Comments
    • Kev C
      Kev C

      CK Louis is an apologist for homophobes and really does misrepresent how that word is used MOST of the time.

      Jul 12, 2011 at 7:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Emma(MTF)
      Emma(MTF)

      Naw, Louie CK understands the context of a joke, and how it should be seen as such in the context of a performance, rather than as a compeletely stone-faced proclamation of homophobic violence. I think he took the opposite stance because no one was providing any opposing logic in support Tracy, and he was a brave man to do so.

      Jul 12, 2011 at 9:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kev C
      Kev C

      I don’t care how Louis uses the word. I don’t care if he calls his dog a cat. Faggot is not a happy funny comedy word. Louis CK is a dickbrained, syphilitic douchebag .. or a comedian. Same thing.

      Jul 12, 2011 at 9:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sorry fake name
      sorry fake name

      I am a heterosexual and I have something very intelligent to say on the topic. The scientific community can learn something from these remarks believe it or not. Most names for queers are consistent with their evolutionary role in society as peace keepers. In fact at every corner stone of human evolution during the pleiostene epoch one can find sexual dimorphism decreasing as androgeny and homsexuality increases. Insults such as fruit and even the very word gay stem from an acknowledgement of superior amicability of the homosexual. The word fruit case stems from the notion that this monkey was not into killing things or into red meat, instead this monkey replacing the violent hunter/protector archetype facial expression this monkey seemed not angry or violent but happy or GAY. Lack of sexual dimorphism and an increase of homosexuality is a pillar stone of civility which is at every corner of human evolution humanity is increasingly becoming less violent and competitive and more verbal communicative civil and organized. You could almost say that if all men were homosexual that their would be utopia.

      Jul 12, 2011 at 10:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sorry fake name
      sorry fake name

      In fact their is so much richness in the way heterosexuals use the word gay. The heterosexual will often call stuff like world peace, school, and almost all positive non-destructive things “GAY”. Keep in mind the heterosexual when using the word gay in this way is reiterating his own inferiority that would have us literally back in the stone age.

      Jul 12, 2011 at 10:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sorry fake name
      sorry fake name

      last thing I’m gonna say is that I have totally used that stuff not realizing how intelligent what I was saying was and how much of a compliment it was.

      Jul 12, 2011 at 10:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ewe
      ewe

      Hey man, it must be their “GENDER CREATIVE” reasoning right? Maybe they are having trouble raising rainbows too.

      Jul 12, 2011 at 10:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kev C
      Kev C

      @sorry fake name: Peacekeepers? There is no end to the war between me and stand up comics.

      Jul 12, 2011 at 11:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ian
      ian

      @fake name, wtf?
      “Insults … stem from an acknowledgement of superior amicability of the homosexual” “instead this monkey replacing the violent hunter/protector archetype facial expression this monkey seemed not angry or violent but happy or GAY” “You could almost say that if all men were homosexual that their would be utopia”

      These comments aren’t complimentary, they’re bad science and extremely irritating. Perhaps queer theory literature is littered with these terms and you’ve left out the arguments. I wouldn’t know because I don’t read much of it (in part because I fear this is what I’ll find). I find it hard to believe that my sexuality has anything to do with the dietary choices of my monkey ancestors. Perhaps that’s not what you’re claiming (indeed I hope it’s not). I don’t think scientists can learn a thing about evolution from old euphemisms about sexual preference. There are many theories about the survival of a trait that greatly reduces chance of offspring, as far as I know epithets have never been considered as evidence to support one of them (or any other hypothesis in the natural sciences) I don’t know how your theory could apply to gay women or the term “faggot”. Gay people don’t need some special evolutionary purpose, inventing one without evidence makes it seem as if we do. What happens if it becomes clear that no such purpose exists, other than that the gene associated with male homosexuality tends to make women have more children?

      Jul 13, 2011 at 5:01 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Great Idea
      Great Idea

      Maybe they can just buy credits ahead of time. Like the way the big polluting companies can by each other’s carbon credits. That money could then go to fund… Whatever. Well, elaborate, needless soirees for the glitteratti if you pass it off to the HRC or GLAAD or such. So best not give it to them.

      Jul 13, 2011 at 9:07 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • skzip888
      skzip888

      Find a new word for “silly.” You people get paid enough to play a fucking game and act poorly in beer commercials, you can afford to listen to your HR guy like the rest of us. We may not be your core demographic, but we don’t appreciate being used as an allegory for inadequacy.

      Jul 13, 2011 at 9:31 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kraig F
      Kraig F

      @Kev C: Faggot technically is a pile of sticks. So why get upset at it….

      Jul 13, 2011 at 9:38 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kev C
      Kev C

      @Kraig F: Conditioning ala Pavlov’s Dog. At this sound, you will experience pain.

      Jul 13, 2011 at 11:35 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tackel
      Tackel

      Good job with focusing on “others” besides the Black athletes who also uses the slur.
      Now thats what I call being fare.

      Jul 13, 2011 at 12:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ewe
      ewe

      Why don’t we just tell these bigots that we do not accept their empty apologies and be done with them? That would be a better response and probably discourage the continued practice of bashing gay people.

      Jul 13, 2011 at 1:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Shiloh
      Shiloh

      Yes, I agree that media personalities must be more sensitive. Although, how can we expect these people to treat us any differently than we treat ourselves especially in articles such as this (i.e.”beat the queer down”) Before we can ask someone else to increase their awareness we must increase our own awareness(clean up our own backyard first). ’nuff said. Shiloh

      Jul 13, 2011 at 2:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Shiloh
      Shiloh

      Okay not ‘nuf said. (Fail) We also cannot hope to accomplish anything by name calling. Dickishness? Seriously? “you’re a dickhead!” “Oh well, sorry you are obviously so much more enlightened than I am, so I will change my ways”. LOLz. Yeah, calling them names will stop them from calling others names. It has worked so well though our history.

      Jul 13, 2011 at 2:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kev C
      Kev C

      @Shiloh: Why should we censor ourselves when other’s can’t or won’t? As the bully says: stop hitting yourself.

      Jul 13, 2011 at 2:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Adman
      Adman

      It’s interesting to bring up stand up comics as the purveyors of hatred, since their role has really changed in recent years compared to what it used to be. Before you had Lenny Bruce, Carlin, et al. who were considered revolutionary in the sense they pushed the repression of expression back with biting humor and satire. Now you have Louis CK, who is the best you’ll see really. I mean he’s brilliant as a comic, who is kind of riffing on how hard it is on a regular shlub who is just trying to conform and can’t. It’s a reactionary thing to do, and some of LCK’s other humor touches on it.
      Straight and macho is a state of mind that has to rely on self pity, and sometimes he’s skewering it, but then he flips the script with homophobia to get asses in seats in Peoria. Who knew all those people watching Archie Bunker back in the day were taking such careful notes? Audiences really do want to hear this kind of shit, or it wouldn’t be sold to them so relentlessly. Long story, but stand up comedy is a toothless form of expression now because of this shift. You really won’t learn anything or see something transcendent anymore, that’s been scrubbed out of the industry as “too PC”. Instead you get your little brother and friends sitting around parasitically just bullshitting.

      Jul 14, 2011 at 9:56 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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