The Devil's In The 'Details'

“Faggot” Powerful, Influential

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Details recently released their “Power 50” issue. Besides being intrigued by Kevin Federline’s undeserved cover slot, we’re absolutely enthralled by the list’s familiar number nine winner: “The Other F-word”.

If you take a look back, it appears that 2007 was the year of the F-word—but not the one you’re thinking of. America’s rent-a-quote harridan of hatred, Ann Coulter, used the word to slag presidential candidate John Edwards. Presidential candidate Bill Richardson used the Spanish version (maricón) to slam a guy on the Don Imus radio show. Controversy exploded after Isaiah Washington allegedly dropped the F-bomb on a fellow cast member of Grey’s Anatomy.

It’s a word that anyone who ever spent time in an American school yard is familiar with: faggot. But some bullies grow up, get famous, and keep on using it. “I hate gay people,” blurted former basketball star Tim Hardaway. Tucker Carlson bragged about having given a dude who tried to tap toes with him in a men’s room a taste of his bow-tied brutality (“I . . . hit him against the stall with his head, actually”). Hmmm. The word faggot, it seems, is on the tips of a lot of men’s tongues. They can’t stop thinking about it. Without it they’d be lost, and that makes you wonder who really has the power.

Between this and Out‘s “gay” debate, queer colloquialisms sure have been getting turned out. Too bad they’re not getting worn out, huh? No wonder Details lists The Other F-Word’s age as “forever young”

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20 Comments

  • vince

    “Without it they’d be lost, and that makes you wonder who really has the power.”

    i don’t think i like Details’ implication right there.

  • Woof

    Who the hell is K-Fed influencing?????

  • Gregg

    I’m not usually a Details fan, but I like this blurb. The “power” thing didn’t bother me because I thought it was pointing out the weakness inherent in homophobia, which is true.

  • MediaMaven

    When reading Details, known industry-wide as the most closeted and confused magazine on the newsstand, it is clear why magazines like OUT and Genre need to keep pressing forward. For god’s sake Details just tried to buy the Genre subscriber list! Could there be any greater form of hypocrisy!?”

  • SexintheCity

    Thanks for sharing this with us Queerty. It is like Jet Magazine showcasing a magazine that features the “N” Word. Great journalism-

  • PinkClose

    Fuck Details. I am putting my money where my mouth is – looking for mags that speak to me!

  • Gregg

    I’m not usually a Details fan – I prefer comics, but I like to burp – I mean the blurb. I am drunk skank, and love the “power” word, because I will never have it in my food service position. The weakness in homophobia is my fat ass sitting on the couch and not making a difference – but to my dog.

  • Kristian Israel

    Stop fighting Gregg(s). We should all get along. We need to have more Civil Dialogue between homosexuals. The implications for internal splintering are toxic. The biblical creationists and/or strong atheistic evolutionists such as Dawkins were here, they would say it is down right be “uncivil.” It does not matter if one Gregg is poor and the other is rich, or one is a drug addict and one is a banker – just hug, kiss – and make up!

  • Jeb

    Kristen is a freak!!!! What does the bible have to do with Details?

  • GoGirl

    Hey Woof – how have you been?

  • CountryClubBB

    Details ROCK!!!!! Screw all of you F’s…

  • Gregg

    Hmmm, I’m gonna go out on a limb here and guess that whoever is trying to mock me here is the same boob that was so upset with my Genre slam last week. Magazine posts seem to bring out the real scum here on Queerty.

  • Gregg

    Hmmm, I’m gonna go out on a limb here and guess that whoever is trying to mock me here is my own dumb reflection. I might have boobs, but mine are real – not fat pockets like yours:) Queerty does attract scum, but it also attracts geniuses.

  • BrooklynBase

    It sounds like Gregg is Gregg and is just messing with us…LOL I heard there’re meds for those disorders

  • JazzZ

    Hmmm, I’m gonna go out on a limb here, wait, let me pull the limb out of my confused, bi (gay) ass and show it to my faux GF and then go out on it.

  • cjc

    @Kristian: Uh, no thanks.

    Why does K-Fed’s man-skankiness somehow give me strange stirrings? Something is wrong with me… I know I shouldn’t visualize the things I’m visualizing…

  • Alexa

    How on earth is k-fed influential? How much of Britney’s money did it cost him to get on the cover?

  • Jim

    I am from a different generation. When I was younger, to call a friend a “faggot” was a term of endearment. Now, it’s a “homophobic slur”. Too bad. It seems half the world is walking through life in a permanent state of outrage. We all need to lighten up just a bit.

  • Stan

    Jim what other slurs do you think were terms of endearment? I’m sure faggot never was a term of endearment.

  • JennyNtheHood

    When I was a girl, to call a friend a “nigger” was a term of endearment. I now find it self loathing and a form of self hatred.

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