Comment of the Day

Comment of the Day is from Kokila Patel

Just a question aside, why do you sometimes use language in a derogatory way, eg “gay ute” etc.  I get that when

you do this, it is sometimes aimed at people who you are already mates with etc, but don’t you think it detracts?

Fossy’s gay ute is using the modern definition of gay. The BBC gave its official seal of approval for the modern use in 2006 when Chris Moyles pissed off a whole lot of gays by saying that a ringtone was gay.

Moyles was accused of homophobia in May 2006, when he rejected a ringtone by saying “I don’t want that one, it’s gay”, live on air. This led to a number of complaints to the BBC. They argued that the use of the word gay in this context was homophobic. The BBC governors said that Moyles was simply keeping up with developments in English usage.

The programme complaints committee said that, “The word ‘gay’, in addition to being used to mean ‘

homosexual’ or ‘carefree’, was often now used to mean ‘lame’ or ‘rubbish’. In describing a ringtone as gay, the DJ was conveying that he thought it was ‘rubbish’ rather than ‘homosexual’. Moyles was not being homophobic.” The panel acknowledged, however, that this use of the word ‘gay’ in a derogatory sense could cause offence to some listeners and counselled caution on its use.

This is a detailed explanation of how the word changed meanings, and even the Germans use a similar word in a similar way.

The use of “gay” in this particular way was first recorded at the end of the 1970s and developed among US high school students, says Mr Throne. It’s not only youngsters in the UK who have recently adopted it, the same has happened to the German equivalent, schwul, he adds.

It nicely explains why Fossy’s gay ute is totally gay, as are electric cars, and that if anyone decided to design a gay ute then the Ford Ranger Wildtrak like Fossy’s would be the exactly what they would come up with. Utes cannot be homosexual, but they can be gay.

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