ITA..If T.R.Knight had gone on a show and called Isaiah Washington a 'nigger', he'd have been burnt at the stake..and if GLAAD had given him an award afterward...well, it would not be pretty, and of course the Republicans would have jumped on it to use against the 'liberal elite'...
So, when did they start giving out "Image" awards for making black people look like bigots and morons? Is that the image they're after? Why?
As I understand it, the award is called an 'Image Award' and was given to him for his acting, not his image. Best Actor in a TV series, I think. (I'm not defending him or the award, I just wanted to clarify what the awards were about.)
Is he the ONLY black actor on a TV series and out of those actors is HE really the best to represent the NAACP?
Hmm. It seems to me that if the award says "Image" right on it, the people giving it ought to be at least slightly concerned about ... image. The image being presented here is "as long as you have black skin, you represent us, even if you're a bigot and a fool".
What we have here is a fundamental failure to Advance Colored People.
Well, the black community has always been very weird about gays. Part of it is religion, and a lot of it is a warped view of masculinity. Just count the number of "faggot"s on old Eddie Murphy stand-up routines.
i really dont get the big deal...
even Dan Savage used to call himself faggot..
what did Isaiah REALLY do wrong?
i thought fag wasnt even a bad word....
he was in competition with the talented guy from 'The Wire' which is a great show, and gave it to a untalented jackass from a shitty show...go figure...
"faggot" is the new "nigger"
I feel the need to clarify that I'm not a fan of either word but I don't like to give them power by being afraid of them either.
BB >do you really need an explanation? What year is it for you?
John Cloud, the gay reporter from Time magazine who did the flattering cover story on Ann Coulter, today vigorously defended her use of the f-word.
The NAACP Image Awards were on March 2nd, not last night. The entire show was a huge love-fest to BONO: Ireland's most famous black musician. Bono received the Chairman's Award, which has only been given out 6 times, including to The Dave Matthews Band in 2004. They had a black U2 cover band playing famous U2 songs with a little hip hop R&B flair. The mostly white audience really enjoyed it.
The gay community could learn something from the blacks. Why not form our own organization? I suggest naming it the "National Association for the Advancement of Mentally Ill Sexual Deviants." Let's give our inaugural Chairman's Award to Steven Seagal.
michael strangeways @ 8,
They gave that award to Isaiah Washington instead of Idris Elba???
That is frakking insane!!!
faggot vs. nigger, sorry, I'm not buying it. A person using nigger as a racial slur is not quite the same as a straight man calling a gay man or another straight man a faggot or a straight woman calling a straight man a faggot. I know you canít choose the fact that youíre gay; but you can hide it if you choose to. Thereís no choosing to be done in oneís race and thereís usually no hiding it either, unless you are Michael Jackson, so I just donít see how faggot is comparable to NIGGER.
no, it was Michael K Williams (Omar)from the Wire who was nominated...
can we combine these hateful words to unite our communities: 'naggot'? 'figger'?
What is it about the double-g, anyways?
Are you saying everything is fine if gays hide that they're gay? The fact that people feel they need to hide who they really are (making them feel second class) is why it IS comparable. Seems obvious to me, and I'm straight.
Everything would be fine if jackasses would just hide the fact they are jackasses.
So it is ok to call a straight man something that implies it is derogatory to another group. So If we say a straight man is just a "Bitch woman" then it is ok. Too many women probably not.
Open season on Straight men I guess.
They also gave an award to R. Kelly after the child porn/statutory rape incident. So fuck 'em.
Remember folks, faggot was the bundle of sticks used to burn alive those people that dared speak their love out loud. #16 you ask how are the words comparable (Nigger vs Faggot), they're not. Faggot is MUCH MUCH worse because it's been around long before Nigger was used as a pergorative. FAGGOT was used in Europe (in any number of languages) long before the Europeans even knew there was an Africa with people to steal out of it. When the word faggot is used, it harkens back to a Genocidal attempt by societies to "cleans" themselves by fire. Nigger does not suggest genocide against a group the same way faggot does.
hunh @ #16
"I know you canít choose the fact that youíre gay; but you can hide it if you choose to."
I didn't come out of the closet until I was 29 yet from about age 7 on up through high school I was called "faggot", "faggot" was etched into my locker more than once, one day at high school "faggot" was spray painted on the parking spot where my car was parked. I heard "faggot" directed at me far too many times all while trying to HIDE something that I didn't even know I was at the time.
I don't know how a black person feels about being called "nigger", I'll give you that, but I do know what it's like to be on the receiving end of a slur that technically is true. It pisses me off.
the whole 'my minority is more oppressed than your minority' is sooo tired and stupid...
I have a friend who is part black, Asian, Hispanic, white, Jewish, Catholic and gay....does he win the prize for most oppressed and can we give him a crown?
I noticed that after the Michael Richards debacle the NAACP issued a statement that proclaimed this to be something all whites were somehow guilty by association for. This was around the same time when a faux civil rights leader whined that arabs, jews and korens were robbing black americans through their hard work, I mean, bad produce selection from the markets they owned. And it was around the same time as the Isiah Washington gay bashing comment. NAACP didn't mention either even though that faux civil rights activist was affiliated with them. Why is it so painful for them to criticize a black person? Why is it I'm responisble for what some white guy I've never met does yet they don't hold a black person responsible for their own actions? I think the NAACP sucks, and has turned from being a civil rights organization into nothing but a lobby group that cares nothing about justice and equality.
michael strangeways @ 25,
A tiara, please...
Michael K Williams was the competition and he *lost*?
Oh man. On a show with really fantastic acting, he is about the best.
Sorry to go off on a tangent, but why do Washington and Michael Richards get criticized (rightfully) but Rosie OíDonnell gets practically nothing for her incredibly racial slur against Asians?
faggot v. nigger, "faggot way worse" and @23... keep reading, faggot may have been around longer, if it came before the Spaniards came up with a name for black, negro, which nigger is derived from in some form. Faggot was not used pejoratively towards gay men until Americans used it that way. Look up the history of faggot and look up the history of nigger. Not the same or even comparable. Nigger resonates with blacks back to slavery or circa 1619. Faggot was first used in print around 1914 to refer to a gay man. Enough said.
@ 24 and 24
Again, you can't hide the fact that you're black. Try as you might. A straight kid might be called a faggot too growing up for whatever reason, but usually not too many other people other than blacks are referred to as Niggers.
I'm gay, not black. Nobody dare call anyone "nigger" in my school lest they get their ass kicked.
"Faggots", however, don't fight back because... well... they're fags.
The NAACP has done this constantly with other awards going to people that they believe have done them no injustice. The unjust things that are done to other minorities seems to have acctually promoted some of their winners in the past.
This organization should have been closed years ago in the same way that labor unions are no longer needed as what they provide now is only the promotion of thier continuance and not the people they are supposed to serve.
My thoughts only.
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