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Friday, 4 July 2008

Gay in, gay out

Oh, what a difference a gay makes! You'll love this one.

The American Family Association – a rabidly homophobic organisation made up entirely of suitable cases for treatment – doesn't like the word gay and makes a policy of substituting the word homosexual. So in its news outlet it writes an article about a guy called Tyson Gay, the fastest man on the US Olympic track team.

With the aid of the find-and-replace filter, out goes Gay and in comes Homosexual. Here's how a bit of it reads:

Tyson Homosexual was a blur in blue, sprinting 100 meters faster than anyone ever has. His time of 9.68 seconds at the U.S. Olympic trials Sunday doesn't count as a world record, because it was run with the help of a too-strong tailwind. Here's what does matter: Homosexual qualified for his first Summer Games team and served notice he's certainly someone to watch in Beijing.

"It means a lot to me," the 25-year-old Homosexual said. "I'm glad my body could do it, because now I know I have it in me."

See more here on the Dispatches from the Culture Wars blog. It gives you a link to the original, but it appears the athlete's name has been reinstated.

Thanks to Stuart Harthill of Isle of Man Humanists for bringing my attention to this, which he saw on the excellent Butterflies and Wheels (see links in sidebar).

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