Tuesday, July 01, 2008

homosexuals are fast, too!

a few months ago, i posted about the CCL's obsessive use of the word 'homosexual.' (see way more fun than counting sheep). of course, all of our Friends From The Religious Right have a certain fondness for that word. i especially enjoy it (though i don't quite understand it) when they use the term "homosexuals and lesbians." huh? clearly, our Right Wing friends have an issue with the word "gay". maybe they are trying to reclaim it. i dunno. but they will go to great lengths NOT to USE it.

take, for example, this insanely fabulous post from The Carpetbagger Report, sent to me this morning by my favorite Big Apple Resident, Ms. Monique. Apparently the American Family Association is so buggered out by the word "gay" that they auto-replace it with "homosexual" whenever it appears in an article. which can make for interesting reports, particularly if your last name is Gay. Um,yeah.

Check it out:

Auto-correct can be a very helpful feature of any word-processing program. But when conservatives use it, they run the risk of embarrassing themselves.

Some far-right sites that subscribe to the Associated Press feed, for example, will use auto-correct to change “Democratic Party” to “Democrat Party.” This, of course, is because they have the temperament of children.

But the American Family Association’s OneNewsNow website takes the phenomenon one step further with its AP articles. The far-right fundamentalist group replaces the word “gay” in the articles with the word “homosexual.” I’m not entirely sure why, but it seems to make the AFA happy. The group is, after all, pretty far out there.

The problem, of course, is that “gay” does not always mean what the AFA wants it to mean. My friend Kyle reported this morning that sprinter Tyson Gay won the 100 meters at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials over the weekend. The AFA ran the story, but only after the auto-correct had “fixed” the article.

That means — you guessed it — the track star was renamed “Tyson Homosexual.” The headline on the piece read, “Homosexual eases into 100 final at Olympic trials.” Readers learned:

Tyson Homosexual easily won his semifinal for the 100 meters at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials and seemed to save something for the final later Sunday.

His wind-aided 9.85 seconds was a fairly cut-and-dry performance compared to what happened a day earlier. On Saturday, Homosexual misjudged the finish in his opening heat and had to scramble to finish fourth, then in his quarterfinal a couple of hours later, ran 9.77 to break the American record that had stood since 1999. […]

Homosexual didn’t get off to a particularly strong start in the first semifinal, but by the halfway mark he had established a comfortable lead. He slowed somewhat over the final 10 meters-nothing like the way-too-soon complete shutdown that almost cost him Saturday. Asked how he felt, Homosexual said: “A little fatigued.”

Click here for the rest of the post, complete with lovely links directly to the AFA website.

oh. my. gay. god.
isn't that fantastic?!


Anonymous said...

I wonder if Mr. Homosexual . . . umm . . . Mr. Gay would be willing to sue them for slander . . . Wow. That is just . . . stupid.

Anonymous said...

You mean the AP doesn't have a problem with their copyrighted material being altered and redistributed in a way that makes them look stupid?