If you heard a gay man call another gay man an anti-gay slur…the relative, um..gayness of the individuals would matter, right.
You wouldn’t ignore the fact that the name-caller is gay. And you wouldn’t publish the story without a picture which would make that gay thing pretty obvious, right?
You might if you type for the Charleston-Gazette Mail.*
Milo Yiannopoulos, the tech editor for a website that posts sexist and racist articles, spoke at West Virginia University Thursday and attacked a WVU professor, using an anti-gay slur to describe him and mocking his appearance.
Yiannopoulos, whose supporters often heap hatred on his targets, slipped in his remarks that Daniel Brewster, who is gay, is “still on Twitter” after showing a slide that called Brewster, who teaches sociology, a “fat f—-t.”
Yiannopoulos, who writes for Breitbart, was banned from Twitter after several of his followers tweeted racist comments to “Saturday Night Live” cast member Leslie Jones, who is black, at Yiannopoulos’ urging.
[That’s not actually true, but since the rest of the article is an exercise in ‘let’s hide the facts,’ they figure nobody cares. Breitbart doesn’t publish racist and sexist articles. Milo never urged anyone to do anything. – Dave]
There was no mention in the article that Milo is gay. For those who do not know of the high-profile Breitbart writer, I should point out that he is flamboyantly gay. Maybe that’s not descriptive enough. Marvelously gay. So gay that Ricky Martin once asked him to ‘tone it down.’
Not only did they not mention he’s gay, but they didn’t include his picture in the story.
First things first: I don’t like name calling. It is, however, what Milo does. He does other things, but he really seems to enjoy stirring that pot.
He seems to want people either to lighten up about names, or he just wants people to pay attention to him. Telling Milo not to use the word he used, is just as silly as asking a rapper not to use the word that I’m not gonna write, since I’m not stupid.
Secondly, I hate poor reporting. Failing to mention Milo’s sexual orientation leaves the impression that Breitbart is a homophobic, probably sexist/racist/antisemitic workplace. Which is what the writer seems to be up to.
*I no longer honor lousy reporting as “writing.” It’s not writing, just typing, as Robin Williams once said in the voice of Truman Capote. (A guy who would also have asked Milo to tone it down.”