I don't know how much more childish behavior I can take from some of the leading LGBT groups around the country and a certain, sensitive portion of the LGBT Community. So if you're offended by words, then read something else, or grow up, it's your choice.
GLAAD recently went after GLEE for their episode focused on The Rocky Horror Picture Show because during the show, the word "tranny" was used. The most insane part of this silly tirade by the national organization is evident the moment you read their article (link above). They never in the article use the word "tranny". Instead, they use the word "tra**y", as if reading the word in a discussion about the word is a no no.
The article goes on to discuss an episode of GLEE in which the word fag was used, only for GLAAD, the word is "f*g". Even with those commenting, words like dyke become "d*ke".
I posted a comment on the GLAAD blog and I spelled out the words tranny and fag like an adult. I don't know if other commentators are purposely editing their own words or whether GLAAD is only allowing ***** comments, but I'll find out after my comment is "moderated".
GLAAD says these words are offensive. Granted. So some are offended. You know what? That's one of the prices of living in a free country. While we are spending our time in the battle for equal rights in America telling people that they can't use the excuse of being offended by gay people to block civil rights, we're getting up in arms about words on TV shows?
Other rants have come to national attention lately, such as the phrase in the new Ron Howard movie "Dilemma", "Electric cars are so gay". Thankfully, Ron Howard didn't let the dialogue about the joke change his movie. He's keeping the joke in and if we don't like it, that's our right. You go, Ron.
These kinds of ridiculous and divertive rants by so many in the LGBT community have only been ramped up recently due to the rash of teen suicides. Did some of those kids hear those words over and over and were so traumatized that it led to them taking their lives? Almost certainly. That still does not warrant any attempt at censoring the language so that some people won't get their feelings hurt. Should we get rid of "fat" or "stupid" or "ugly" or "plain" or "slow" or "ginger" or any of the millions of other words that someone, somewhere finds offensive? Of course not.
GLEE happens to be one of the few shows on TV that is giving LGBT kids in America something to relate to. Life is hard, and each of us will be offended by something at some point. I'm very offended by the childish position GLAAD has taken on this issue and others like it. That doesn't mean I'm going to stop using the word "glad".
LGBT Americans making a big deal about words just proves how far we have to go in our own personal development, let alone the battle for equal rights. THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS A BAD WORD. Now, GLAAD, if you want to be taken seriously at all, rip the asterisk off your keyboard.