Who Doesn’t Know the Word ‘Faggot’ is Offensive?

Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson and his agent Peter Schafer, or so Schafer claims:

Johnson"We know the N-word is unacceptable, that's not disputable — but f*g? I'm learning that there's a segment of our society that finds it offensive and that it should not be used. I didn't realize that, but I do know now…"

Johnson received a one game suspension for directing the slur at members of the media and a fan on Twitter earlier this week. He is appealing the punishment.

Comments

  1. Sargon Bighorn says

    “Nigger” is unacceptable? Why? What power do words have? What segment of any civilized society would find that word offensive? Come on tell me! I’m not offended by words, I’m threatened by actions. Oh? the word was Faggot? Oh never mind.

  2. says

    WOW – I agree, that is SO LAME. You know when he said the word, I was not offended as I just disregarded him as ignorant and homophobic BUT to say he had no idea the word was hurtful makes him a liar as well.

  3. John M says

    If he didn’t know it was offensive why did he use the word? What exactly was his intention in his use of it if he didn’t know it was offensive?

    He should should be punished more for being a lier.

  4. says

    Wait a minute Andy didn’t you post a video with a group of “hunky” white men singing and in the beginning one of them called another one a “faggot”. These are your words below Andy:

    This clip has been all over Facebook this week. I was tempted to post it earlier but I was repelled by one dude who calls his friend “faggot” in the clip’s opening segments, and the macho strutting around with guns (and I’m not talking about biceps).

    But, now that its maker, YouTuber “santinichris”, felt the need to change the video’s description to “WE ARE ALL STRAIGHT” (because, I guess, people were accusing them of being “gay” in the YouTube comments) I’ve decided to post it to illustrate the kind of ‘art’ that can emerge when repressed homosexuality is given a video camera.

    However you posted it any way, you did not find it that offensive, so like the n-word is there a lighter and non-offensive use for the gay f-word? Or was it all that man flesh you found yourself needing to celebrate in high praise of. By the way lacing your comments with “they might be gay” is highly offensive, lame and unimaginative.

  5. says

    Wait a minute Andy didn’t you post a video with a group of “hunky” white men singing and in the beginning one of them called another one a “faggot”. These are your words below Andy:

    This clip has been all over Facebook this week. I was tempted to post it earlier but I was repelled by one dude who calls his friend “faggot” in the clip’s opening segments, and the macho strutting around with guns (and I’m not talking about biceps).

    But, now that its maker, YouTuber “santinichris”, felt the need to change the video’s description to “WE ARE ALL STRAIGHT” (because, I guess, people were accusing them of being “gay” in the YouTube comments) I’ve decided to post it to illustrate the kind of ‘art’ that can emerge when repressed homosexuality is given a video camera.

    However you posted it any way, you did not find it that offensive, so like the n-word is there a lighter and non-offensive use for the gay f-word? Or was it all that man flesh you found yourself needing to celebrate in high praise of. By the way lacing your comments with “they might be gay” is highly offensive, lame and unimaginative.

  6. says

    The great thing about being a minority group that’s often described with a pejorative is that we get to decide when its use is acceptable.

  7. princely54 says

    Tommy, just think how lucky I am to be in BOTH categories! Yay, me!

    I think he should have used the word ‘asshole’ as only the target of that word would be offended and not an entire group of people. Although, I DO realize there is an entire group of people who are, indeed, assholes. The beauty of it is that assholes never know they are one until someone calls them that! (Example: Larry Johnson is an asshole. See?)

  8. Mike says

    Is it really possible that someone could be that stupid to make a comment like “We know the N-word is unacceptable, that’s not disputable — but f*g? I’m learning that there’s a segment of our society that finds it offensive and that it should not be used. I didn’t realize that, but I do know now…”

    Either Johnson just crawled out from a rock or he’s been playing football without a helmet during his off season.

  9. GrabbinNewscum says

    Funny how people here get all up in arms about the words “nigger” and “faggot” – But don’t apply the same standards of self-righteousness to misogynistic insults such as “cunt”, “bitch”, “whore”, and “cow” whenever there is story about Maggie Gallagher, Carrie Prejean, or some other female homophobe.

    You hypocritical gays just make me laugh…

  10. says

    Interestingly, perennial Buju Banton apologist Eric Arnold told us on Queerty recently that Banton was trying to be politically correct by using the word “faggot” in his most recent statement about us (a repeat play of “There is no end to the war between me and faggot”). He claimed that Banton did not know the word was offensive. That was ridiculous, but not half as stupid as this. Shafer joins Aaron McLear is most pathetic liars of the week.

  11. ChrisM says

    If he hadn’t known it was offensive then he wouldn’t have used it. Does he really believe that most of America is as stupid as he obviously is?

  12. LiamB says

    Apparently, GrabbinNewscum, you utter imbecile, you have a slight problem with simple concepts. Last time I checked, no one disputes those terms as being offensive. I imagine that would be why they are used to insult.

    People are posting here in regard to these slow witted asses even pretending that it was unheard of that faggot could ever be considered offensive. It’s called reading comprehension. You might try it.

  13. stephen says

    I happen to think both that Maggie Gallagher and Carrie Prejean are big kunts, AND I think that as gay men we probably should recognize that those highly charged words should probably be used less.

  14. PDQ says

    I wonder if Larry Johnson or his agent would have been cool with anyone calling THEM a faggot. After all, they don’t know it’s offensive, right?

    I kinda doubt they’d just shrug it off…….

  15. JT says

    I’m the least politically-correct person in the world, but I can see the offense of “cunt” when it’s meant as a putdown. It really IS a putdown of female humans. It’s so stupid anyway. Slang for a woman’s vagina? Why is that an insult? Babies come out of there. (And that “didn’t know” excuse of Johnson’s really is hard to buy).

  16. Jon B says

    At first, I didn’t care at all. Even though he used the word with direct reference to being gay (“Christopher Street Boy”). I mean, sure, it’s offensive, but if we got upset everytime an athlete offended us, we’d be here for a long long time. However, for him to claim he didnt’ realize that was offensive, well, now I’m insulted. His own father released a statement that HE was insulted by and ashamed of his son’s behavior. You know, I may take some manure off your hands, but don’t try selling me a bridge to get it home. In either case, it’s bullshit.

  17. Steve says

    This isn’t the first time I’ve seen this response. Recently some new guys people have started hanging with my circle of friends. These guys are straight, and within a few moments of first meeting them the word “Fag” flew from one of them because the other did something stupid. They got jumped for it, by myself and a few others. Their response was “They didn’t mean it offensively” and “Well, my gay friends call each other fag all the time so it must be ok.” They were sharply corrected but since then I’ve run into at least 3 other people (this is in the past 2 months) who had the same or similar response.

    Of course, one of the people I mentioned was a white guy who got the SHIT beat out of him because he told a random black guy in the cafeteria at the college “Wutup Nigga?” His reason for doing it “Well, I was born in Africa, that’s why I can say it.” Wrong-o white boy. Morons, they’re everywhere.

  18. Kian says

    For his statement to be true, he must be using it as a catchall phrase for “You suck!”, which is pretty much how it is used by the majority of people. I actually think he is being sincere in that he has no idea that the term is offensive to more than just gay people. When he says that there is “a segment of our society that finds it offensive” he means “I didn’t know that it was suddenly not okay to use it, because people use it all the time. Why me? Why now?” Unfortunately for him, he chose the wrong time, the wrong place and the wrong people to say it to. I would feel bad for him that he is being singled out, except that I don’t.

  19. dizzy spins says

    He knew the N-word was offensive? I live in NYC and cant go a day without someone calling their friend, another person or even an inanimate object a “n****r.” Its no longer become a “we’re black so we can say it” thing–I see Latinos and whites using it as well. The majority of gay people don’t call each other faggots on a regular basis. And it certainly hasnt crept into the mainstream culture. No one says “Oh, he’s my faggot!” when talking about a friend. Johnson is just saying whatever he needs to as a pro forma apology. I cant believe he’s actually appealing a one-game suspension. If i used the n-word or the f-word at my place of business, Id face a lot more than a day off.

  20. STEVE RICHMOND says

    “I didn’t realize that, but I do know now…”

    HE’S AN ABSOLUTE STINKING LIAR…

  21. Zeke says

    I think LIAM is on to something that I really hadn’t considered.

    What he is actually saying is that he didn’t realize that the word “f*ggot” was offensive to people other than f*ggots.

    Translation, “I didn’t realize REAL PEOPLE, people I actually respect, straight people, football fans (who could never be gay), would take offense to the word. Now that I know that more than just the f*ggots take offense to the word I’ll try not to use it in mixed company, or outside the locker room (or even inside the locker room when reporters are present).

    THIS is why, if you noticed, he apologized to EVERYONE he could think of EXCEPT gay people. He didn’t give a shit about offending them and he’s shocked, SHOCKED I tell you, that anyone else could possibly have taken offense.

    In my opinion, his latest clarification is ten times more offensive than his original statement.

  22. says

    While we’re at it, and since a previous poster mentioned that the words are being tossed around to mean “you suck” — how about we reclaim that one?

    “That sucks!” — think about it, why does that mean something bad? Sucking should be something really really good. Come on! It feels good, and a lot of us enjoy doing it, too! Let’s start using it to mean “Fantastic! Wonderful!”

  23. Ed says

    ” I cant believe he’s actually appealing a one-game suspension. If i used the n-word or the f-word at my place of business, Id face a lot more than a day off.”

    The one thing that is important to note about the 1-game suspension is that is translates into about $600,000 in lost salary. Most pro-athletes salaries are based on games played plus performance incentives during the game (bonuses for scoring, yards carried, etc.). In football, pros play only 16 regular season games so missing one game can cause a fair hit on your salary.

    So while it is only one game, he is really appealing a $600,000 fine.

    I’m not saying

  24. ThomT says

    He’s 30 years old and a college graduate. He knew EXACTLY what he was saying (as well as why he was saying it) and his “didn’t know” excuse is even sorrier than lame. My money says that if he’s ever been called a fag he damn sure didn’t say “thanks for the compliment”. Simply another case of an over hyped and over paid jock thinking that the rules of common decency don’t apply to him.

  25. miaedu says

    We know the F-word is unacceptable, that’s not disputable — but n***r? I’m learning that there’s a segment of our society that finds it offensive and that it should not be used. I didn’t realize that, but I do know now…

  26. Chitown Kev says

    @Miss Chris

    In terms of the use of epithets (which is what this thread is about) yes, they are comparable. I consider both to be equally offensive and I have told this to homophobic black preachers.

    I see where you are going with the conversation and I agree with but “faggot” = “nigger” (or even “nigga” I don’t play that black folks are allowed to say it shit) as far as I am concerned. Period.

  27. RDUB says

    Maybe I’m naive, but I don’t see the big deal with using body parts as insults. It may be possible that I’ve met too many dicks, cunts, and assholes in my lifetime! It seems equal opportunity to me… ­čśë

  28. billybobtoo says

    i’m a homo, and i prefer that word. hate the word gay with a vengeance. homo has a better ring to it i think.

  29. Paul R says

    Just to clarify, it was Johnson’s agent who said he didn’t know that fag is offensive. The quotation above is not from Johnson. As has been clear since Johnson released that “apology” (clearly written by someone else), he’s not allowed anywhere near a camera or microphone at this point.

  30. Chris says

    Okay Chi-town Kev

    Congratulations for your participation in Maine…But Miss Chris???????
    Back up with that shit Kevin okay.

    First off I’m not going anywhere with this.

    Maybe you should have read the first post about this when Towleroad posted it. Some of the white kids in here was yelling NIGGER from front to back and NO I did’nt like it. I’m not a snow queen I did’nt find it amusing nor funny! When those two hispanic Men was caught for beating that white guy NOT ONE racial epithet was said in reference to them. So why when Blacks says something some of these kids go so negative against the whole damn RACE?????

    Since you’re an apologist for us Blacks maybe you can answer that.

    Okay if you want to be an apologist African American then THAT’S YOU! I don’t call anyone out of their name and I don’t use the word NIGGER or NIGGA and don’t like it when blacks use it as well.

    So like I said don’t bring that shit here. READ THE ORIGINAL POST. If you want to justify white gays screaming NIGGER and it makes you happy than you do that.

    I’M NOT FUCKING HAVING IT!!!

  31. Hypocrisy says

    You know some of us are both gay and black and don’t take kindly to the n-word being thrown around lightly by white gay men anymore than we do the f-word being thrown around lightly by anyone.

    Maybe while you’re complaining and garnering sympathy for yourselves you should remember you’re insulting your supposed black gay brothers at the same time by lashing out with n-bombs.

    Or do we not matter to you unless you need us for a vote?