I am not gay. I don't face the same discrimination that some of my loved ones face on a constant basis. I have never been referred to with homophobic slurs. But while these are all more extreme examples of homophobia in action, sometimes the little attacks hurt the most. To be honest, I used to not care if someone said it around me; I even used it myself on a few occasions. Now, people are coming out questioning whether or not the phrase is offensive.
How gay couples in TV commercials became a mainstream phenomenon
How gay couples in TV commercials became a mainstream phenomenon - CNN
If you use the term, you might be unaware that every time you call something gay in reference to something bad, you are linking homosexuality with negativity. How would you feel if people latched onto the saying and suddenly all around the world, your name was being used to describe bad or annoying events? Not great I bet. You might even start to feel ashamed of your name, or pretend to others that your name is something else.
‘That’s So Gay’ Ad Wins Top Ad Council Award: Video
Of course, advertisement is still sexist but early print advertisements were more blatant, some of them downright offensive. Could you imagine what the reaction would be if any of these advertisements were put up today? I really enjoyed this collection of ads, thanks for posting! Found your blog via Blogs of Note.