The Hypocrites At GLAAD Get Upset Because Glenn Beck Used The Same That They Did

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is all huffy because Glenn Beck used the word f*ggot on the air:

“Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) President Neil G. Giuliano today criticized CNN host Glenn Beck for his flippant and gratuitous on-air use of an anti-gay slur during his Jan. 22, 2007 program.

The host of CNN Headline News’ Glenn Beck was discussing the Isaiah Washington story when he had the following exchange with radio host Dave Glover:

BECK: But anyway, Dave, what is the–what is the controversy? One of the guys called another guy a naughty name.

GLOVER: Yes. Basically you have Isaiah Washington, who’s one of the stars of the show, who referred to one of his co-stars during a heated argument as a derogatory term for a gay man that starts with “F”, rhymes with maggot. Did it a couple more times after that. And do you like how I did that?

BECK: Yes.

GLOVER: And…

BECK: Do you know that “The New York Times” wouldn’t even print–I mean, we can say the word. We’re having an adult conversation here. Wouldn’t even print the word “f*ggot.”

GLOVER: Right.

BECK: Wouldn’t print it. I find that amazing.

Glover’s attempt to identify the epithet without using it on-air was in keeping with how other broadcast and cable outlets — including CNN — have approached it since the 64th Annual Golden Globe:® Awards incident that sparked a national dialogue about the slur and the impact of anti-gay prejudice. Throughout CNN’s coverage of the Isaiah Washington controversy over the past week, Beck appears to be the only host to have repeated the epithet on the air.

“Beck’s obnoxious repetition of the slur — and his flip dismissal of it as simply a ‘naughty name’ — speaks volumes about his appalling ignorance of its impact,” Giuliano said. “Beck added nothing to the audience’s understanding of the issue, except perhaps to demonstrate his juvenile belief that repeating an anti-gay slur makes him an ‘adult.'”

As to the word f*ggot being a ‘naughty name,’ in my book, it’s no better or worse than most of the other nasty names out there and considerably less offensive than some of them. So, ‘naughty name” isn’t an inapporpriate way to refer to the term. More importantly, it’s incredibly hypocritical for GLAAD to complain about this when they used the word f*ggot in a press release about exactly the same subject that Beck was discussing, a mere 8 days ago. From GLAAD’s own website:

“Los Angeles, Calif., January 17, 2007 — Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) President Neil G. Giuliano today condemned Isaiah Washington’s on-air use of the word “f*ggot” during a backstage press conference at the 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards, calling on him to apologize and make amends for this second use of the slur in the past four months.”

That’s right. 8 days ago, GLAAD did exactly the same thing in a press release that they’re criticizing Glenn Beck for doing on the air.

PS: You could make an intelligent argument that Beck shouldn’t have used any curse words on the air, but of course, it’s difficult to make that argument when, like GLAAD, you freely print them on your own website.

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