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@goddam Hey man, watch your language! You know I don't appreciate you using my name in vain, but I DAMN WELL don't appreciate your anti-gay, ignorant ass language!
1 year, 4 months ago on Sneaker Con Miami August 2012 – Feet Recap
riceagain I don't think anyone is being precocious. The fact that this song was supposed to be a gay anthem, as proclaimed by Gaga herself, should speak volumes about the her intentions in writing these lyrics. It's just a bit insensitive to refer to people by these outdated terms and then expect them to appreciate the strides she has taken for the community. As JonathanValdez said, the term was historically used as a means of creating the "other". How exactly is someone who is say, gay and of Asian decent, but 100% American bred, born and raised supposed to feel included? Do you honestly believe that because you're in Asia and haven't met anyone who takes offense to the lyrics mean that your argument is valid? Again, here is the problem: someone is offended, but rather than investigate the cause of offense, the burden of explaining why we're offended lies with the offended and we're made to feel like we're making a mountain out of a molehill. We're not asking for Lady Gaga to be hung by her ankles, but with all the appropriation of Asian culture she's into, I can't help but wonder what was going through her head when she wrote the lyrics. Probably nothing, which is just as bad.
2 years, 9 months ago on Is Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" Racially Insensitive?
I think there is something to be said about the backlash coming at people who even pose the question as a simple matter of self-reflection. In other blogs I frequent, especially one well-know gay news blog, a lot of the comments were pretty vitriolic and very much about "sucking it up" and just letting it be. Anyone who says anything about the fact that she is using language that stems from an era of appropriation/destruction/occupation of Asian countries is simply pulling the race card, rather than making a statement about the inherent racial inequalities rooted firmly in that word.
All the typical trappings of privileged voices telling the offended that they shouldn't be offended without asking what it is that is really being said to offend in the first place and most importantly why. Of course, most of these people are assumedly white or POC who have the privilege of not dealing with racism because they simply do not have to, but imagine if she had used another equally outdated term like negro or colored? Probably a lot more apologetics telling me that since she's done so much for the LGBT community, I need to just be happy for what she is contributing and keep my mouth otherwise shut.