Who Can Say “Gay”?

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Homo-centric colloquialisms have been getting all sorts of press today.

First came CBS News’ Andrew Cohen’s harangue against “homo” throwing conservative, Mort Marks. Now Out wonders who can carelessly toss a “gay”. As you can see, most of the magazine’s readers disapprove of the misuse of the G-word, not the mention “fag”.

There’s no telling, then, how those masses will react to British singer Katy Perry’s new single, “UR So Gay”…

Aside from the deplorable text speak, some may be offended by Perry’s inappropriate utterance. Consider this convo between Perry and Out‘s Jason Lamphier:

JL: You have this song, “Ur So Gay,” which is a kiss-off to your ex-boyfriend. What’s the story there?

KP: It stems from heartbreak, like most good songs. You know those relationships where it takes like nine months to dump someone? It was like that. I was home last winter, and my roommate and I were having dinner. I didn’t have a chorus for the song, but I played her the verse. I said, “I don’t even know what to say. He’s just so gay.” She’s like, “Why don’t you just say that?” I said, “Thank you, that’s what I’m gonna say.” It’s about guys with guy-liner that use flat irons.

JL: Do you think he’s actually gay?

KP: No, he’s not.

JL: So why’s that the first adjective that popped into your mind?

KP: Umm… Well, it’s just a saying. It’s like calling someone a “biiitch.” You’re like, “Hey, biiitch!” It just felt appropriate.

JL: Do you think the song will be offensive to your gay listeners?

KP: I think when everyone hears it, they’ll laugh. It’s very funny and positive and kitsch. It’s what Barbra Streisand would be singing if she were my age, I’d hope. I’m getting good energy from it.

JL: Are you concerned about this single being controversial because you’re reinforcing gay stereotypes?

KP: No, I think gay people have a wonderful sense of humor.

Do they?

For the record, Perry claims her usage of the word “gay” comes negative connotation free. Oh, and she hates the phrase “fag hag,” queerly enough…