Earlier this week, in a wee-small-hours dust-up with rapper will.i.am outside a downtown club, celebrity-gossip blogger Perez Hilton reached for the worst insult he could think of – and summoned up “******.”
When the proverbial hit the fan, the openly gay Hilton quickly recanted.
“I was in an out-of-the-ordinary situation and used a word that I would not utter under normal circumstances,” he said in a statement. “Clearly, I am not homophobic.”
Amazingly, Hilton had managed – at the very start of Toronto’s Gay Pride Week, yet – to employ two explosively provocative words in one go.
IT seems that anyone who disagree with homosexuals is labeled a homophobic which according to the Toronto Star Article is a desease !!!
“homophobic,” an all-purpose label for those who disapprove of gay sexuality, didn’t enter the language until the early 1970s. It was coined by New York clinical psychologist George Weinberg, who defined it as “the irrational fear, hatred and intolerance” of homosexuals. He believed it was a medical disorder.
Weinberg had been trained to regard homosexuality as a pathology. But he turned the tables to argue that the “sickness” lay elsewhere.
For the fledgling gay-liberation movement, the new term was a potent boost, an enormously effective weapon in its fight against discrimination.
“The term stood a central assumption of heterosexual society on its head by locating the `problem’ of homosexuality not in homosexuals, but in heterosexuals who were intolerant of it,” says Gregory Herek, a University of California (Davis) psychologist and leading gay-rights researcher.
Many activists took the concept a step further, promoting the idea that homophobic attitudes and behaviour were linked to a person’s fear and loathing of his own repressed homosexual feelings. There were unsuccessful attempts to get homophobia placed into the official compendium of psychiatric conditions as an “intolerant personality disorder.”
In quick time, however, calling someone homophobic had gained the same silencing power as calling them racist.