“I had thought, stupidly, television was done with this lazy, insulting phrase—of something being ‘gay,' of an action being seen as ‘gay,' of people being told not to be so ‘gay.' I remember its defenders claiming it didn’t mean ‘gay’ when they said it, just, y’know, ‘lame.' They didn’t realize that by using ‘gay’ and ‘lame’ as interchangeable, they neatly demonstrated their own homophobia, and the intrinsic homophobia of something being deemed ‘gay.'”
Later on in the episode Dre and Andre Jr. continue their "manly" activities by playing one on one basketball. Dre takes off his shirt, which his son then copies. Dre, with what Teeman describes as an expression of “curdling disgust, fear, apprehension, all in one delightful scowl,” quickly warns his son: “Two shirtless dudes standing around for a while starts to look a little weird.”
Just like "gay" was meant to mean "lame" earlier, it is clear that the word "weird" is meant to mean "gay."
“But Teeman's outcry isn't ginning up the public outrage that usually greets homophobic remarks by well-known actors. Rather, we're seeing an overwhelming quiet acceptance and rationalization for Pop's homophobic one-liner."
Which leads me to wonder if the outrage would be bigger if this faux pas would have happened on a predominantly white cast or a show with larger ratings?
Though these two occurrences may seem small, but as Teeman admits, it’s these small, everyday bits of homophobia that sometimes really need to be challenged—all the more so when they appear in a prominent, supposedly progressive, network sitcom.
What do you think of Teeman's argument?
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