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White Sox’s Ozzie Guillen: I Can Say ‘Fag’ Without Being Homophobic

Ozzie Guillen

For every modicum of progress made in gay men and women feeling accepted in the sports world, it only takes a single blow to knock the wind out of our headway. On Tuesday, it was Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen who stole this dubious honor.

Reacting to a column by the Chicago Sun-TimesJay Mariotti about Guillen’s handling of relief pitcher Sean Tracey, the Sox’s manager said, “What a piece of shit he is, fucking fag.” (Mariotti was covering the NBA Finals and wasn’t there to witness the comments.) Fellow Sun-Times columnist Greg Couch addressed the issue and demanded MLB Commissioner Bud Selig to suspend Guillen over the use of a “hurtful homophobic” term. He also asked Giullen to defend himself.

Guillen’s excuse? In his native country of Venezuela, using the word “fag” isn’t offensive, apparently: “I don’t have anything against those people. In my country, you call someone something like that and it is not the same as it is in this country.” Oh, and he also has gay friends, goes to WNBA games, went to a Madonna concert and plans to attend Chicago’s Gay Games. Nevermind the explicit meaning Guillen meant when he used the word “fag”: that columnist Mariotti “was not man enough to meet me and talk about [things before writing].” Because anyone who’s got gay friends and enjoys striking a pose could never say something homophobic.

Guillen calls columnist Mariotti homosexual slur [ESPN]

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On:           Jun 21, 2006
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  • 2 Comments
    • Jonathon
      Jonathon

      So does that mean that I (a white man) could use terms like “spic”, “wetback”, “dago”, etc. without being racist?

      Sorry, dude, but that doesn’t really work. It is one thing for someone IN a group to reclaim an epithet (such as African-Americans’ usage of “nigger” or the gay community’s usage of “queen”, “fag”, etc.) but it is generally not appropriate for someone OUTSIDE of that group to use the same terms.

      If you have never known the chilling feeling of having someone scream “Fag!” or “Queer!!” at you then you have no idea how hurtful it can be.

      Jun 21, 2006 at 5:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Saeed
      Saeed

      In my country we love fags.

      Jun 22, 2006 at 7:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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