80s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Sticker, 1989
MONDAY, AUGUST 26th, 2013
Here’s something I made cuz I’m getting pretty tired and embarrassed by all the homophobia among us skaters. (It gets pretty apparent when you spend even a BIT of time reading the comments section on any skate-related Insta account, or whatever.)
We keep saying we’re awesome, open-minded people, but then “faggot” always seems to be our go-to insult for any occasion.
Mad that Lil Wayne and Justin Bieber are skateboarding? Call them a faggot on some Instagram account they’ll never ever look at! Perfect!
Mad that Nyjah Huston said some bullshit about girls not belonging in skateboarding? Stand up for ONE segment of society while pointlessly slapping down another and call him a faggot! Justice is served!
Come on: that’s some ignorant jock shit right there. Think about all those racist kooks from a few decades ago who didn’t wanna end segregation. Think about how stupid they look now. Do we REALLY wanna have been on that side of the homophobia fence when we look back on ourselves 40, 30 (or even TWO) years from now?
Homophobia sucks, skateboarding rules, let’s get our shit together.
faggot doesn’t even mean gay anymore
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9th, 2014
I just noticed this comment on my ‘Skaters Against Homophobia’ piece, and I also just received an anonymous piece of Tumblr mail that said “straight people are faggots too,” so I guess I might as well pull out the soapbox and give you my take on this (even though I’ve received WAAAAY more response that’s 100% backing it).
I guess I’ll start with an anecdote explaining why I myself finally personally stopped using the word ‘faggot’ after years of using the “if there’s no hate behind it, it’s not hateful” argument.
It happened when I was riding the city bus. It was packed with all sorts of people, but among them was a dude who was clearly gay and — a few feet away, closer to me than him— two young dudes who were kinda thug-looking.
One of the thug-looking dudes asked his friend if he was going to some other dude’s party. The friend answered “Nah, man, that dude’s a FAGGOT; I’m not even TRYING to hang with some FAGGOT.”
I really doubt he literally meant the guy was a ‘homosexual.’ But the gay dude —who was farther from these two dudes than I was, so not quite within earshot— looked over and he looked nervous and uncomfortable. Probably because the only word he could really hear was the one the guy was saying the hardest: FAGGOT.
For all he knew, these guys were gonna get off the bus with him and beat the shit out of him for being the way he was born. And why wouldn’t he? That is something that HAPPENS.
And when I saw the fear in his eyes when he heard THAT WORD — even though it didn’t literally mean “homosexual” at the time — it hit me that using it is NOT. FUCKING. WORTH IT. For me to completely disregard the pure evil powers of that word, and keep clinging to it out of convenience would be pretty lazy, irresponsible and downright shitty of me.
I don’t care how attached people are to using that word; I don’t care if they don’t LITERALLY mean ‘homosexual’ when they use it. The fact is, there are plenty of words out there that DON’T have their origins in burning homosexuals alive, and that AREN’T spit out in hate when five meatheads gaybash the shit out of one dude. There are plenty of words that don’t cause gay people to be insulted at best and in fear of their well-being at worst.
And for we straight people to try to tell gay people (and their sympathizers) that they should get over being adversely affected by it is INSANELY arrogant and ignorant.
Jerry Seinfeld on skateboarding