To this increasingly long list, I would like to ad something I recently became aware of: "No homo." I've heard this here and there over the past few months (maybe years) but it is at the front of my mind right now because it is a trending topic on Twitter and has made me really think about how despicable this phrase is.
We are all familiar with "That's so gay" ---a hate mongering and homophobic phrase that became so widespread in our society that a series of public service announcements were created to address them. "No homo" is along these exact same lines.
The idea is that if you say something that, out of context, would suggest something homosexual, you immediately say "no homo" after it. I went to the wealth of valuable information, Urbandictionary.com, to find some examples:
"Hey man, pass the nuts. No homo."
"His ass is mine. No homo."
There are a couple of caveats I'd like to put out there before I explain why this phase is obviously problematic. The people using this phrase:
- Are not intelligent enough to understand the ramifications of their words.
- Don't care about the ramifications of their words.
- Really do hate homosexuals.
- Are self loathing/deeply closeted.
- All of the above.
There's a good break down of how important language is here and I've also addressed this in this previous blog.
We've just got to face it. Our society is to a place where saying "no homo," "that's so gay," "throws like a girl," "Indian giver," and other phrases that evoke racism, homophobia, sexism, etc should no longer be tolerated. It takes two seconds to look at what these things really mean.