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The Gays Protesting Next To Normal‘s Alice Ripley ‘Fag’ Usage Are Overreacting

Alice Ripley, the lead in Broadway’s Next to Normal, used the word “fag” on her Facebook page and now all the gays are losing their shit. There’s going to be a “Alice Hates Gays” protest outside the theater tonight. Really, gays?

Ripley used the word in a Facebook post that, in responding to a critic, read:

QUOTE FROM A NUMB BUTT ON BROADWAY WORLD: “I’VE SEEN N2N 8 TIMES WITH ALICE RIPLEY, WHICH IS 7 TIMES TOO MANY.” HA HA HA HA!!! THIS FRUSTRATED ACTOR (I WON’T SAY FAG) IS MY NEW BEST FRIEND! THANKS FOR LOOKING DOWN ON LOSERS LIKE US THAT WORK FOR A LIVING. YOU ARE THE OPPOSITE OF A WONDERFUL AUDIENCE.

She’s already apologized for using the word, writing:

Hey guys-I just want to say how sorry I am for my recent post. It was careless and thoughtless and I assure you it is not a reflection of the way I really feel. Anyone who knows me knows that I’ve always supported the gay community and will continue to do so. I’m embarrassed and I apologize.

And that really should be the end of this. Ripley has worked in theater all her life, with lots of homos; she’s about to leave Broadway to take Next To Normal on tour. She currently stars with Aaron Tveit Kyle Dean Massey, a big ‘mo.

She said something stupid. She apologized for it. Move on.

But instead, the reactionary queens are planning a protest of the theater, complete with “Alice Hates Fags” signs. This is moronic. She doesn’t hate the gays. She chose a dumb word, used it publicly, and has been ridiculed for it. As she should have been.

There is little else she can do, aside from give some local LGBT kids some free theater tickets, to make amends. Unless these protesters come armed with some reasonable demands — and getting her fired is not among the “reasonable” ones — then they should stay home. Her situation is different from, say, the actor Rampage Jackson, who used the word, got called out on it, and rather than apologize he wasted his breath telling the gays to calm down.

When the straights use the F-word as a derogatory term, it’s terrible. It sends the message that it’s okay for those outside the community to use this harsh and oppressive term to communicate something that’s easily said with other words..

But then it’s a sad day when the gays lose their minds over a poorly chosen word from a friend of the community instead of focusing on actual bigots and those doing damage to us. (And forgive me while I role my eyes over That Stain Of A Gossip Blogger — who uses the F-word as a slur himself — is feigning outrage. He’s worse than the protesters.) I’m just hoping that GLAAD’s silence on the issue thus far is a recognition of how out of step the reaction has been.

These theater queens who are going to storm Ripley’s stage door on Thursday likely didn’t lift a finger when Bill O’Reilly compared transgender folks to Ewoks and gays to terrorists, and his show, which is in the business of perpetuating hate, reaches many millions of people every evening.

Ripley made a mistake. She’s admitted it was dumb. Enough.