OK, you obviously don’t expect too much from Stylist, the freebie magazine/catalogue handed out on the mean streets of glittering London of a Tuesday: some round-table interviews, some pictures of the pair of cheap shoes women are hyperventilating over this week, something about Sex and the City, something about how you should vote David Cameron because he has nice hair, something about an anti-wrinkle cream… you know, heady stuff.
But what is this from poodle-haired journalist Dawn Porter? We can’t work out if it’s just stupid or homophobically stupid… which kind of points to bad writing, doesn’t it? Anyways, it goes something like this…
‘Last week I bought my friend a birthday card – I love inappropriate cards but I buckled and threw this one away. All it said was ‘You are so GAY’ (she is). Is that funny, or is it too much? I couldn’t work it out. I thought it was funny and I think she would’ve too. But it’s hard to tell isn’t it?’
Yeah, really hard to tell whether perpetuating the idea of ‘gay’ as a form of insult is funny or not. And would you send an Asian friend a card saying, ‘You are such a Paki’?
*goes to work on a card that reads You Are Such a Cunt. Can’t work out whether it’s funny or not. Decides it is*
If you would like to remonstrate with Dawn over this piece, she can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her editor can be contacted at email@example.com.
Homophobic or just badly written? Or homophobic AND badly written with bad hair?,