THE HOBBIT OF HOMOPHOBIA
EXCLUSIVE: The Hobbit 2 tackles homophobia.
In leaked scenes from the upcoming movie, Gandalf the Grey confronts the evil Lord Pedinoris, a powerful creature born with one foot inside his mouth.
Pedinoris – disguised as New Zealand Prime Minister John Key – enrages the wizard by insisting the word ‘gay’ means ‘weird’.
Gandalf – channeling Sir Ian McKellen – thunders from the summit, “You shall not pass!
Careless words damage lives!”
But the Lord forges forward, brandishing a tablet known as the Oxford Dictionary: “It is in common use,” he says, trying to untangle his tongue from his toes. “I don’t think too many people would be offended by it.”
Gandalf raises his staff and smites the mighty Pedinoris.
Then he returns to his job teaching school students in Middle Earth how to handle homophobia.
The scenes of the past 48 hours in New Zealand prove truth is stranger than fiction. In what has become known as #redtopgate, the Prime Minister has defended his derogatory use of the word ‘gay’.
He said he picked up the term from his children.
As I mother-of-two, I know kids can come out with inappropriate comments. It’s up to the parent teach them appropriate language.
Instead the PM – who, ironically, supports gay marriage – has told his kids it’s OK to use a homophobic slur, denigrate a minority group in the media, and defend the indefensible.
Some role model.
Sure, language does evolve. Gay initially meant “carefree and happy” before being used to describe same-sex attraction in the late 19th century. The pejorative use of the word in English began in the early ’80s, as a generic insult meaning “bad, dumb, or stupid”.
(Disturbingly, the same phenomenon is being seen among young people in Germany with the term schwul.)
This is not just politically incorrect. It is semantically incorrect. And morally incorrect. Being gay is not bad, dumb, or stupid.
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