The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has issued a CALL TO ACTION (in all caps, no less) over “South Park’s” repeated use of “fag” in Wednesday’s episode.
Never mind that the epithet was borrowed to describe bikers who ride without a muffler — “Just because a person is gay doesn’t mean he’s a fag,” says one of the characters. “South Park” was making fun of macho assholes, not gays.
Of course the proper context might deter all but the professionally indignant, so the humorless prigs at GLAAD have raised the stakes. “It is an epithet that has real consequences for real people’s lives,” GLAAD said in a statement. “Just this year, an 11-year-old Massachusetts student named Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, unable to endure the unrelenting anti-gay bullying and name-calling he experienced at school, committed suicide.”
I don’t call ’em the Petty Queer Establishment for nothing.