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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.
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