Friday, June 4, 2010

The Problem with Bill O'Reilly (& GLAAD)

1. Surprise! Bill O'Reilly is still a jerk. Here is the video, in case you have not seen it. There's info in that first link on how to contact Fox about O'Reilly.

2. Surprise! GLAAD still thinks the phrases "gay," "gay and lesbian," and "LGBT" are interchangeable (see first link). Haven't we gone over this before? Oh, right, we have. This ad specifically showed a young man who was romantically interested in another man. Bill O'Reilly said nothing about lesbians. If gay is going to be an umbrella term for LGBT, why throw in the "gay and lesbian?" Either Bill was talking about the "gay"/LGBT community, or he was not...

Some people may consider this to be nitpicking. I wouldn't bring this issue up if I didn't see it happening all the time. Groups like HRC and GLAAD are constantly using "gay and lesbian" and LGBT interchangeably. Pro tip: They do not mean the same thing. One recent example is the discussion of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. That issue affects anyone who is not straight, but do you hear about it applying to anyone besides gay men and lesbians?

I would also argue that it is perfectly O.K. to be nitpicky about GLAAD's language because GLAAD is an organization that is basically devoted to being nitpicky about language.

It's with good reason that we "nitpick." Language is very powerful. If bacon and tomato are going to be part of the BLTG (heh heh) community, then we have to be included in the community, in both word and deed. Then again, maybe that's too much to ask from a group that still calls itself the "Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation."

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