Media Matters, the George Soros-funded outfit that declared guerilla war against Fox News in 2011 and praised Al Jazeera for providing unbalanced coverage on global warming, went ballistic Monday, angry that Fox News refers to homosexuals as “homosexuals.”
“Fox News still uses ‘homosexual’ to describe gay people,” Media Matters tweeted.
The far-left media group said:
Referring to gay people as “homosexual” is a practice that’s quickly falling out of favor with major news outlets due the term’s often pejorative connotation and frequent use by opponents of LGBT equality. But Fox News has yet to update its language when referring to gay and lesbian people.
Media Matters also attacked Todd Starnes, who covers social issues for Fox as a hater for daring to use language it doesn’t like.
“Use of the term is also pervasive at Fox News – and not just from the likes of the network’s hate group mouthpiece Todd Starnes, who recently warned that “Christians are trading places with homosexuals” in the military. Just as the network insists on misgendering transgender subjects, Fox also has no qualms about regularly referring to gay men and lesbians by a term many of them shun,” Media Matters added.
“Okay, I may display some PC ignorance here, but I was unaware that the word ‘homosexual’ had become derogatory in certain circles,” tweeted The Blaze’s Beckett Adams.
Apparently, according to the liberal language Nazis, it does.
According to the New York Times’ Jeremy Peters — as quoted by Media Matters:
To most ears, it probably sounds inoffensive. A little outdated and clinical, perhaps, but innocuous enough: homosexual.
But that five-syllable word has never been more loaded, more deliberately used and, to the ears of many gays and lesbians, more pejorative.
” ‘Homosexual’ has the ring of ‘colored’ now, in the way your grandmother might have used that term, except that it hasn’t been recuperated in the same way,” said George Chauncey, a Yale professor of history and an author who studies gay and lesbian culture.
Consider the following phrases: homosexual community, homosexual activist, homosexual marriage. Substitute the word “gay” in any of those cases, and the terms suddenly become far less loaded, so that the ring of disapproval and judgment evaporates.
Some gay rights advocates have declared the term off limits. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, or Glaad, has put “homosexual” on its list of offensive terms and in 2006 persuaded The Associated Press, whose stylebook is the widely used by many news organizations, to restrict use of the word.
George P. Lakoff, a professor of cognitive science and linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, has looked at the way the term is used by those who try to portray gays and lesbians as deviant. What is most telling about substituting it for gay or lesbian are the images that homosexual tends to activate in the brain, he said.
“Gay doesn’t use the word sex,” he said. “Lesbian doesn’t use the word sex. Homosexual does.”
So, because GLAAD — an outfit that has declared its desire to censor those with whom it disagrees — doesn’t like the term, it should never be used.
In his classic novel, “1984,” George Orwell addressed language as a tool to control the population.
“The purpose of Newspeak was not only to provide a medium of expression for the world-view and mental habits proper to the devotees of IngSoc, but to make all other modes of thought impossible. Its vocabulary was so constructed as to give exact and often very subtle expression to every meaning that a Party member could properly wish to express, while excluding all other meaning and also the possibility of arriving at them by indirect methods. This was done partly by the invention of new words, but chiefly by eliminating undesirable words and stripping such words as remained of unorthodox meanings, and so far as possible of all secondary meaning whatever.”
Indeed, that is the goal of the PC police — to control thought.
Let’s face it, we can call gays “peanut butter and jelly sandwiches,” but it doesn’t change a thing — these are people who are identified by their sexual behavior and nothing else. After all, what is the “gay community” made of, if not people who are attracted to others of the same gender?
Hence the term, “homosexual,” which can be found everywhere, including Stanford, hardly a bastion of conservative thought.
Of course, Media Matters hasn’t gone after them. Yet.
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