Hey Willow, ‘Your’ Using Homophobic Slurs

November 17th, 2010 | 6 comments | Posted by Diana

Willow Palin (the 16-year-old, not-yet-pregnant daughter of Sarah) is at the center of much controversy today, after messages that she and big sib Bristol contributed to a family acquaintance’s Facebook thread were made public. Both girls’ numerous comments contained a plethora of expletives and garish spelling errors (frankly, all 15 of the thread’s contributors displayed the verbal abilities of a struggling, assholic 4th grader–download and view the whole mess from TMZ here), but Willow’s quickly made use of some choice homophobic slurs:

Naturally, a backlash from the er, supergay left had the Palins crying that Willow ain’t no homophobe, simply a sweet kid tossing around words–haters just want to hate! And backing them right up was an organization of folks that never cease to confuse me–the gay Republican members of GOProud. Here’s what the Stockholm Syndrome sufferers had to say in an official statement defending Willow’s words:

Willow Palin is a 16 year old girl who, like all 16 year olds is going to make mistakes and say things she shouldn’t have. This, however, has nothing to do with Willow Palin or the substance of what she said on Facebook. The ‘slur’ used here is one you could hear on the streets of West Hollywood or Chelsea every day of the week.  Apparently, it’s only a ‘homophobic slur’ when it comes from the daughter of a conservative female leader. Make no mistake; this is all about destroying Sarah Palin by any means necessary.

Do I really need to speak as a member of an ethnic group often plagued by racial slurs? I hope this is apparent to everybody: the nuances of a slur have to do with the intent to insult or disparage, and, as Ernie Lepore expressed during a discussion of slurs in his November 7 NYT piece, ‘Speech and Harm,’ membership of the group being discussed is one of the slur’s few escape clauses. If Willow’s words are being tossed around in Chelsea and WeHo (I’m assuming GOProud is intimating the gays of these ‘hoods are the ones tossing), it seems highly unlikely that they are being used to belittle or marginalize.

Such is not the case for Willow. Her comments are not slurs because her mom is an incompetent, reviled politician, they’re slurs because they are slurs, and deeply offensive. So maybe she should just STFU.

[via TMZ]
[The Telegraph: Sarah Palin's daughters accused of using homophobic slurs in online argument ]

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6 Responses to “Hey Willow, ‘Your’ Using Homophobic Slurs”

  1. [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by DISGRASIAN™, J A S M I N E, mike k, jasminedavila, Serena.S. and others. Serena.S. said: RT @disgrasian: Hey Willow, ‘Your’ Using Homophobic Slurs http://dlvr.it/8jwKL [...]

  2. Hello Kitty says:

    Faux-pologies issued.
    http://www.tmz.com/2010/11/17/bristol-palin-apologizes-apology-willow-palin-sarah-palin-dancing-with-the-stars-facebook-sorry/
    Why is BRISTOL apologizing for her sister’s hate speech??

    It’s okay, Gay Tea Partyers, GOProud believes you were just using “playground” taunts like Ann Coulter.
    http://www.tmz.com/2010/11/17/willow-palin-sarah-palin-goproud-tea-party-republicans-conservative-homophobic-gay/
    Who are these self-hating, denying people?

  3. s_lee1 says:

    I’m equally as offended by GOProud’s reference to Palin as a “female leader.”

  4. prometheus says:

    Actually, it didn’t really shake me very much that she was using those slurs. And, really, their overuse in real life has watered down the shock value by alot.

    What really shook me was the way they acted in general. It’s like they had a battleaxe to grind with everyone who didn’t sing songs of praise about them. Like, wow.

  5. Hello Kitty says:

    @prometheus:”And really, their overuse in real life has watered down the shock value by a lot.”

    That’s a pity about your observation/opinion. Are you saying that “watered down the shock value” = hate speech has become more acceptable in American society? If so that is a problem, people more readily accepting and using these slurs. Visibility and awareness of LGBT people, issues, and cultures have grown. And so has homo phobia and anti-gay sentiment, or at least it has been more exposed and openly voiced. We should not be inured, we should remain shocked.

  6. prometheus says:

    Perhaps so, but it’s something that has happened (and was noted in for better or worse in South Park). I’m not condoning her usage of them — and well, judging from context, it would seem she was using it in the strict homophobic sense — but I guess what surprises me more, still, is just how they acted in general.

    I’d probably be around as equally shocked if she substituted the words with some other vulgarities that weren’t homophobic.

    Like I said, what bothers me more is the whole long process and continual ‘discussion’ that took place, rather than the specific language.

    I mean, geez, aren’t people entitled to their opinion that the show isn’t that exciting?

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